“Iwao Hakamada”- World's longest-serving death row-inmate freed by Japan
The Japanese court release of the World’s longest serving death row inmate, Mr. Iwao Hakamada (78), as the evidences used against him were probably made up.
About Mr. Iwao Hakamada
- Nationality: Japanese.
- Japanese former professional boxer.
- Sentenced to death on September 11, 1968 for a mass murder (known as the Hakamada Incident).
- Convicted of killing a company manager and his family and setting fire to their central Japan home, where he was a live-in employee.
- Known for: World’s longest death-row inmate (48 years) certified by Guinness World Records.
Apart from the United States, Japan is the only major industrialized democracy to carry out capital punishment, a practice that has led to repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups. (Japan carries out a handful of executions every year).
Note: The only crimes that can lead to a death sentence in Japan are murder and treason.