Japan hangs murder convict; 6th execution of year
Japan on Thursday hanged a 73-year-old man convicted of murder and robbery, the country's sixth execution of the year. The Justice Ministry said the hanging was carried out in Tokyo. The man had shot to death a restaurant owner in 2004, stealing his bag containing 400,000 yen ($4,000) in cash.


Japan executed three inmates in February and two in April. There are 132 inmates currently on death row. Japan's government releases few details about executions, and inmates are not informed of their pending execution until immediately before it is carried out. (AP)