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Seven members of a Japanese murderous doomsday cult were hanged suddenly last week after more than 20 years on death row.
The group, some of whom met their end in a sterile facility called the Detention House, were sentenced to death for carrying out a deadly gas attack in 1995.
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Alongside the US, Japan is one of the few first world countries that still has the death penalty, reports The Sun.
But unlike America Japanese inmates are not afforded the luxury of knowing when they will die. Their end could come at any time.
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Often, inmates are told of their fate the morning of the execution, sometimes even just an hour before.
The Asian nation does not normally kill more than 10 people each year. From 1977 to 2007 Japan never executed more than nine people in any 12 month period.
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But last week it executed seven at various facilities across the nation. This included the leader and six members of Aum Shinrikyo, a cult that released deadly sarin gas into the Tokyo subway killing 13.
They died by hanging, where the neck is broken by a rope as the body falls through a trap door.
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Three prison officers simultaneously press buttons to open the trap door so it is not clear who is responsible. This is reduce mental stress.
However inmates are not afforded the same luxury.
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The UN Committee against Torture has criticised Japan for the psychological strain the...
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