The Japanese court release of the World’s longest serving death row inmate, Mr. Iwao Hakamada (78), as the evidences used against him were probably made up.
About Mr. Iwao Hakamada
- Nationality: Japanese.
- Japanese former professional boxer.
- Sentenced to death on September 11, 1968 for a mass murder (known as the Hakamada Incident).
- Convicted of killing a company manager and his family and setting fire to their central Japan home, where he was a live-in employee.
- Known for: World’s longest death-row inmate (48 years) certified by Guinness World Records.
Apart from the United States, Japan is the only major industrialized democracy to carry out capital punishment, a practice that has led to repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups. (Japan carries out a handful of executions every year).
Note: The only crimes that can lead to a death sentence in Japan are murder and treason.