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Inside Japan's gallows

<p>A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is seen opened at an execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. Photos released August 27, 2010. Japan has 107 inmates on death row. 


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A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is seen opened at an execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. Photos released August 27, 2010. Japan has 107 inmates on death row. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout more

A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is seen opened at an execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. Photos released August 27, 2010. Japan has 107 inmates on death row. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

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<p>A room where inmates can meet a religious advisor before an execution is pictured at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo.


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A room where inmates can meet a religious advisor before an execution is pictured at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

A room where inmates can meet a religious advisor before an execution is pictured at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Rings used to fix the hanging rope are seen inside the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo.

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Rings used to fix the hanging rope are seen inside the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

Rings used to fix the hanging rope are seen inside the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

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<p>An execution chamber is pictured at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo.



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An execution chamber is pictured at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

An execution chamber is pictured at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A ceiling mounted pulley used for the hanging rope is seen inside the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 


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A ceiling mounted pulley used for the hanging rope is seen inside the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

A ceiling mounted pulley used for the hanging rope is seen inside the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

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<p>A Buddhist alter and a Buddha statue placed inside a room next to the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 

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A Buddhist alter and a Buddha statue placed inside a room next to the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

A Buddhist alter and a Buddha statue placed inside a room next to the execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

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<p>An execution chamber (top) is pictured from the viewing room at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 


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An execution chamber (top) is pictured from the viewing room at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

An execution chamber (top) is pictured from the viewing room at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Buttons are seen inside the "button room", where three prison officers each press a button at the same time to open the trap door to execute a prisoner, at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 


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Buttons are seen inside the "button room", where three prison officers each press a button at the same time to open the trap door to execute a prisoner, at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

Buttons are seen inside the "button room", where three prison officers each press a button at the same time to open the trap door to execute a prisoner, at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is seen opened at an execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 


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A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is seen opened at an execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is seen opened at an execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

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<p>A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is opened at an execution chamber (top) at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 


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A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is opened at an execution chamber (top) at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is opened at an execution chamber (top) at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

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<p>An execution chamber is seen from the "button room", where the command is given to execute a prisoner, at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 


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An execution chamber is seen from the "button room", where the command is given to execute a prisoner, at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

An execution chamber is seen from the "button room", where the command is given to execute a prisoner, at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>An execution chamber where a trap door is marked with a red square, is seen at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. 


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An execution chamber where a trap door is marked with a red square, is seen at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

An execution chamber where a trap door is marked with a red square, is seen at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo. REUTERS/Justice Ministry/Handout

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