Beijing informs Tokyo of plan to execute 3 more Japanese
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Last Updated: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:46
Tokyo: China informed Japan that it plans to execute three more Japanese men convicted in drug smuggling cases, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said on Friday.

Okada summoned Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua to the ministry and conveyed Tokyo's concern over the planned executions of the three men, identified as Teruo Takeda, Hironori Ukai and Katsuo Mori, as well as Mitsunobu Akano, who China said earlier this week would be executed soon.

Okada said at a regular press conference shortly before meeting with Cheng that he would tell the ambassador "there are concerns among the public on whether proper procedures have been taken" regarding the death penalties given to the men.

"Executing four people in a row may affect public opinion," he also said.

Cheng did not to respond to media questions after meeting with Okada.

The death sentence on Akano, who China said would be executed as early as next Monday, was finalized in 2009. The sentences on the three other men, who China said would be executed next Thursday, were finalized in 2007.

Akano was convicted of attempting to smuggle stimulant drugs totaling about 2.5 kilograms from China to Japan in 2006.

If he is executed, it will be the first execution by China of a Japanese national since the two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1972.


First Published: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:46

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