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  • Dec 21, 2014
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China executes Japanese man for smuggling amphetamines

Japanese national convicted of trafficking stimulant drug executed in China, Japan's foreign minister says amid regional tensions over maritime territorial disputes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 July, 2014, 12:44pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 July, 2014, 1:59pm

Chinese authorities on Friday executed a Japanese man who had been sentenced to death in connection with smuggling a stimulant drug, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said.

Kishida told a news conference that while it is up to China to decide what kind of penalty should be imposed on criminals, “We have conveyed to the Chinese side that we have taken a heightened interest in the death penalty handed down to Japanese nationals.”

China informed Japan of the execution on Friday morning, Kishida said. 

The man was sentenced to death in December 2012 and the ruling became final in August last year, Japanese officials said, adding that he had met with his family on Thursday.

A Japanese embassy official in Beijing, who declined to be named, told reporters: “Our office in Dalian was informed this morning that the Intermediate Court of Dalian had executed a condemned Japanese.”

He said the case “was related to drugs”, without elaborating, and declined to identify the individual, citing reasons of privacy.

A court official in Dalian, a port city in the northeastern province of Liaoning, declined to comment.

Japan’s Jiji Press news agency said Friday’s execution, of a man in his 50s, was the fifth of a Japanese citizen in China in recent years, after four were put to death for drug smuggling in 2010.

That was Beijing’s first use of the death penalty against Japanese nationals since the two countries normalised ties in 1972.



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The criminal was executed because he committed a crime punishable by execution under the law. The fact that he's Japanese or his ancestry has nothing to do with the severity of the sentence.
Daniel Lee
Japanese criminals like their uncivilised, barbarous war, mongering ancestors must be punished severely.
“..we have taken a heightened interest in the death penalty handed down to Japanese nationals.” The Japanese government appears to be happy as China just executed a Yakuza drug mule for them.
Not anymore they don't, with the level of caesium contamination you'd better bring a geiger counter in your next trip to Honshu or Kyushu.
They sure shoot enough of their own drug dealers... Equal treatment before the law.
Fascinating, isn't it, that most Hong Kongers prefer traveling to Japan over traveling to mainland China for a holiday.
fair enough, but China must be ready to accept execution of Chinese nationals IF they commit crimes in Japan. Sooner or later it is bound to happen. Hope China wont try to change the subject to70 year old WW-2 grievances.
what about murder of Uighurs, Tibetans, FalunGong victims of Tiananmen Square? www.youtu.be/t6V2MeQuSI0?t=
You have no idea what you are talking about - just full of nonsense.
you are making crazy statements. "China must be ready..." and "sooner or later it is bound to happen..."

Japan has capital punishment for murder and treason cases. indeed have sentenced and executed chinese nationals who were convicted of murder crimes to death.
Here you go again, dragging in WWII. What has it got to do with this?



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