Japan executes Chinese man, first foreigner in 10 years: reports

by Editorial Team

Japan executed its first foreigner-born prisoner in a decade Thursday — a Chinese man accused in the high-profile murder of a family of four, according to new reports.

The 40-year-old man, Wei Wei, was put to death by hanging.

Wei burglarized the home of 41-year-old clothing dealer Shinjiro Matsumoto in June 2003 and killed him, his wife and their two children in a conspiracy with two other Chinese men, Justice Minister Masako Mori said in the final ruling, according to Kyodo News.

The trio stole valuables from the family’s home and used weights to submerge the family in the Hakata port in the city of Fukuoka, Mori said.

“It is an extremely cruel and brutal case in which the happily living family members, including an 8-year-old and 11-year-old, were all murdered because of truly selfish reasons,” Mori said, according to the BBC.

Matsumoto and both kids were strangled or smothered, and his wife drowned in the bath, according to the report.

Japanese policy dictates that death row inmates are not told of their impending execution until the day it is set to happen.

Japan has more than 100 prisoners on death row and 15 were executed last year, including 13 members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, the BBC reported.

The country only began disclosing the names of executed inmates in 2007 — and since then, only one foreigner was named, a Chinese man hanged in 2009, according to the report.

That man had killed three Chinese people he lived with in Tokyo.

Thursday’s execution marked the first ordered by Justice Minister Masako Mori since she assumed the post in October, and the third this year — since two men were also executed by hanging in early August, Kyodo News reported.

Wei’s two accomplices were busted by Chinese authorities after fleeing to China, according to the report. One of them was executed in 2005, and the other was sentenced to life behind bars in return for surrendering to authorities and cooperating in investigations.

Wei Wei confessed to being involved in the murders — but denied playing the leading role, according to the outlet.

READ FROM SOURCE: https://nypost.com/2019/12/26/japan-executes-chinese-man-first-foreigner-in-10-years-reports/

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