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Japan executes Chinese man convicted of killing family in 2003

Hanging marks country's first execution since August

Japan's Justice Ministry announced the execution on Dec. 26 -- the first ordered by Minister Masako Mori, who assumed the post in October. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan hanged a Chinese death-row inmate on Thursday convicted of killing four people in 2003, the Justice Ministry said, in the country's first execution since August.

The inmate was identified by the ministry as Wei Wei, 40, whose death sentence for the murder in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, was finalized in 2011.

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