In a rare incident and the first one in a decade, Japan has executed a Chinese national for the murder of a man, his wife, and two children during a failed robbery.
Japan has hanged a Chinese man for the high-profile and brutal murder of a family of four, the first execution of a foreigner in 10 years.
The man, Wei Wei, carried out the murders in 2003 with two accomplices.
They fled to China, where one was executed in 2005 and the other sentenced to life in jail.
Japan has more than 100 prisoners on death row. Fifteen were executed last year, including 13 members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult.
apan only started to disclose the names of executed inmates in 2007. Between then and the latest execution only one foreigner had been named – a Chinese man hanged in 2009.
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Justice Minister Masako Mori said she had signed off on the execution of Wei Wei “after careful consideration”.
“It is an extremely cruel and brutal case in which the happily living family members, including an eight-year-old and 11-year-old, were all murdered because of truly selfish reasons,” she said. (source)
Some in the US like to boast of a “fair and impartial trial by jury”, with the idea that a man is going to get justice for his actions upon an examination from other citizens. This is true only part of the time, and indeed, justice is at times dispensed. However, many times throughout history, the “justice” system is just a cover for political violence against other groups or even whole countries administered through the unfortunate individuals in question. This is constant in the US and around the world. According to the words of a friend and current US Marshall who has worked in many courts and is the son of immigrants from a nation in the continent of Asia (country redacted), he has consistently stated that while not the majority of cases, politically-motivated convictions even for small events are real and happen all of the time, and it is in particular when a certain crime or “crime” could be used to support a particular social agenda.
Right now, we know there is a lot of tension forming between China and Japan. Indeed, there has hardly ever been a time when such tension did not exist, as China is often the invaded and Japan the invader. However, this becomes important when throughout history these tensions reach into militaristic language. Japan has spoken of this, but has overall remained silent and watchful, while a China seeking to rise as a “world power” is attempting to show off her supposed military “prowess” before the world and is starting to threaten her neighbors.
Japan’s silence is not submission. It is just like the silence of the Germans in the face of the manufactured refugee crisis and other movements in the European political sphere. People often times, especially it would seem in the English-speaking world, to equivocate silence with submission. While this can be true and does apply to certain cultures, it is not true for many, where silence is essentially a distraction as that same person prepares his own arsenal before going on a murder rampage, or perhaps while building up his own assets in order to prepare for his own personal excursions, whatever they may be.
There is a reason for the saying that something can be “too quiet”- because it does not always mean that everything is well. The most dangerous part of a hurricane is when one is in the “eye”, because the center of hurricanes are always calm with no wind, and it is only a matter of time before the swirling columns of air return and may hit one with even more force than what one was beaten with previously, and it is this which kills many people, because they think that the storm is “over” and it is when this happens that they are taken by surprise and to their demise.
Japan does not tell criminals of their pending executions until the day of the execution itself. This particular man sat on death row for sixteen years, and now at a time when China is “flexing” before the world, Japan executes an actual Chinese national and mostly to the silence of the Chinese.
One will hear frequently of the Chinese government executing Chinese criminals. However, one does not hear about China executing Japanese criminals. This is not to say there is a particular bias against non-Japanese, or that there is just some backlog of Japanese people on death row in China.
This is about principle at a particular historical period.
This execution did not happen without reason. It was chosen, and most likely chosen to send a message to China as a political act executed through the Japanese justice system.
China can “flex” all she wants to, but this is Japan’s silent, barely visible to the naked eye way of signaling to China that she is watching closely, and that when the time comes, Japan is going to do to China what she did to that Chinese national- she will come in and summarily execute him without mercy.
That is why China has remained silence. She may brag and try to play political games, but she also knows her history, and she knows that the Japanese are serious, and that they are now watching her. For all of her bragging, the “asian tiger” becomes a paper tiger and is easily sliced into confetti and blown to the wind when the very mention of the Japanese samurai sword is even mentioned, for this is the same people who committed genocide against the Chinese and not only refuses to apologize, but built and entire pagan temple (the Yaksuzuni Shrine) to worship the Japanese military genocide architects as human dieties.
China knows she must be careful, because the Japanese are already fantasizing about reliving the Nanking massacre, this time with nuclear weapons and robotics.