Friday, December 31, 2010
First the Japanese Was Executed in China
During the end of 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, the Chinese had suffered from the opium. As a result, the Chinese government has strictly punished illegal drugs in China. In 2006, Akano Mitsunobu was convicted of attempting to smuggle stimulant drug totaling about 2.5 kg from Dalian to Japan. On 6 April 2010, Akano became the first convict and executed by China of a Japanese national since two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1972. Even when Deputy Prime Minister Kan Naoto met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to complain about the execution on 3 April 2010. Wen Jiabao rejected Kan’s concern by stating the smuggle of drug is serious crime which damaged thousands people. The sentences are based on Chinese law (Japan Times). China had informed the Japanese government that three more Japanese nationals over separate drug cases would be executed soon.