Tsutomu Miyazaki, known as "The Otaku Murderer", is executed by hanging in Tokyo for the murders and cannibalization of four young girls in 1988 and 1989. He was hanged with two others, each convicted in separate, unrelated murders.
President of the United States George W. Bush approves the execution of Army Private Ronald A. Gray, who was convicted in 1988 of multiple rapes and murders. It is the first American military execution approved since 1961. Further appeals are expected before he is executed. 2008-07-29 (Context: death, murder)
Iraq hanged three men in the first executions in the country since the 2003 invasion. They were part of the Jaish Ansar al-Sunna group and had been convicted of kidnapping and murdering three policemen and abducting, raping and killing Iraqi women. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani refused to sign the death warrants, but his Deputy President Adel Abdul Mehdi signed instead. Talabani has also said he will refuse to sign the death warrant of Saddam Hussein should he be convicted and sentenced to death. 2005-09-1 (Context: hanging, murder)
Self-confessed cannibal Yoo Young-Chul, convicted of killing 20 people, mostly prostitutes, is sentenced to death in Seoul, South Korea. 2004-12-13 (Context: cannibal, death)
The world's first autonomous taxi service begins operating in Tokyo, Japan. The pilot project will run until September 8, with full commercial operations expected to start in 2020, when the city hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics. 2018-08-28 (Context: Tokyo)
A Japanese man is taken into custody in North Korea with Tokyo trying to gather information about the case. 2018-08-11 (Context: Tokyo)