TOKYO: Japan said it hanged a child killer and two other convicted murderers today, its first executions since a conservative government swept to power in landslide elections in December.
Kaoru Kobayashi, 44, killed a seven-year-old girl and sent a photograph of the dead body to her mother in 2004, while Masahiro Kanagawa, 29, killed one man and injured seven other people in a knifing spree outside a shopping mall in a Tokyo suburb in 2008.
He also murdered another man in a separate incident the same year.
The third was Keiki Muto, 62, who strangled a bar owner for money in 2002.
The number of death-row inmates in Japan now stands at 134.