(Japanese Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita)
Japan hanged two death-row inmates Friday morning, sources familiar with the matter said, in the country’s first executions since December.
Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita ordered the hangings. The names of the executed were not immediately known.
The latest hangings brought the number of executions under the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office in 2012, to 38.
Japan’s system of capital punishment has drawn international criticism, while the Japan Federation of Bar Associations has called for it to be abolished by 2020.