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2008年6月18日 (水)


(Mainichi Japan) June 17, 2008

Convicted murderer of 4 girls executed

連続幼女誘拐殺人:宮崎死刑囚の死刑執行 他の2死刑囚も

Tsutomu Miyazaki, convicted of murdering four girls aged 4 to 7 in Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture in the late 1980s, was executed on Tuesday along with two other death row inmates, Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama confirmed.



The executions brought to 13 the number of death row inmates to be hanged under Justice Minister Hatoyama who assumed the post in August 2007.



"These are indescribably cruel crimes in which the culprits took the precious lives of their victims. We signed their execution orders after carefully and cautiously considering them," Hatoyama told a press conference Tuesday. "We carry out executions to maintain justice and make sure that the country is ruled by the law."

被告人は被害者の尊い人命を奪った表現のしようのない極悪非道な犯罪をひきおこした。裁判所はじゅうぶん慎重に検討した死刑の執行を決断したと鳩山裁判長は語った。(17日火曜日) 日本が法治国家であることを明確にしめすためにあえて死刑を執行した。


Miyazaki, 45, was hanged at the Tokyo Detention Center two years and four months after his death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court and 20 years after he committed the first murder.


The focal point during his court hearings was whether he was mentally stable enough to be held responsible for his crimes.

He repeated incomprehensible statements during his court hearings.

"I feel as if I committed the crimes in my dreams," he said in one of his hearings.

"I was scared because a 'rat person' appeared. My alter ego suddenly appeared and committed the acts," he said on another occasion.


The results of psychiatric evaluations conducted on him during the district court trial were divided.

One psychiatrist said he could be held fully responsible for the crimes, even though he suffered a personality disorder. Another concluded that his ability to be held responsible for his crimes was limited because he suffered a multiple personality disorder. The other deemed that his criminal responsibility was limited because he suffered from schizophrenia.


(psychiatric=精神医学の) (psychiatrist=精神科医、精神科の開業医psy・chi・a・tris 発音注意P黙音)


In dismissing his appeal against the death sentence in February 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that the main motives for his murders were based on his sexual desires and the desire to film his victims' corpses to make videos.

裁判所は宮崎勤被告人の死刑免除請願を却下した (2006年2月)、犯罪の動機は性の欲望を満たすため、および殺害した被害者の死体をビデオフィルムに納めることであった、とうてい許しがたい。

(dismiss=却下する) (corpse=死体、死骸、なきがら)

Miyazaki kidnapped a 4-year-old girl in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, in August 1988, murdered her in a mountain forest in Akiruno, western Tokyo, and burned her body, according to the ruling.


He also abducted a 7-year-old girl in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, in October 1988, and murdered her in Akiruno, the court found.


He was convicted of abducting another 4-year-old girl in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, in December of the same year, strangling her and abandoning her body in a forest.



He was also found guilty to abducting a 5-year-old girl in Koto-ku, Tokyo, in June the next year, murdering her and dumping her corpse. Moreover, he molested an elementary school girl in Hachioji, western Tokyo, in July of the same year, according to the ruling.




On Tuesday, Yoshio Yamasaki, 73, and Shinji Mutsuda, 37, were also executed at the Osaka Detention Center and the Tokyo Detention Center, respectively.




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