The Japan Times on Japan executing a convict for murdering a woman in Nagoya:

The ministry says Kanda kidnapped his victim from a Nagoya street with the intention of mugging her. After confining her in his vehicle, he robbed her of a cash card and “coiled layers of adhesive tape around her head” before bludgeoning and fatally strangling her.

He then drove her body to neighboring Gifu Prefecture and dumped it in a forest to conceal his crime, the Justice Ministry said.

In March 2009, Kanda was sentenced by the Nagoya District Court to hang. The ruling was finalized a month later when he dropped an appeal. Both of his accomplices have been sentenced to life in prison, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Japan and the United States are the only members of the Group of Seven industrialized countries that carry out executions.

I will never understand how people can do things like this and still live with themselves afterward.