China executes three more Japanese nationals

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China executes three more Japanese nationals
Beijing, Apr 9: Just days after carrying out the first execution of a Japanese national since 1972, China has gone ahead and executed three more Japanese citizens for drug smuggling.

China and Japan, which has its share of disputes over wartime histories and territorial issues, normalised its
diplomatic relations in 1972. However, some amount of fiction between the two countries still exists.

Ahead of the first execution of a man identified as Mitsunobu Akano carried out in the northeastern province of Liaoning on Tuesday, Apr 6, Tokyo had repeatedly warned China against its decision saying that it may ignite public backlash as well as strain the bilateral ties between the nations.

However, there has been no outcry over the execution reported from Japan.

After the execution of Akano, China on Friday, Apr 9 executed three more Japanese nationals, identified as Teruo Takeda (67), Hironori Ukai (48) and Katsuo Mori (67), for drug smuggling and trafficking in Liaoning, said state news agency Xinhua.

Japan is one among the Group of Eight countries that approve and conduct executions. United States is the second and the only other G8 country that conducts executions.

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