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Headline Dead Wrong

This bug appeared in a news report published by The Japan Times on Oct 15, 2005. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Headline Problem

On October 15, 2005 The Japan Times got it dead wrong when one of its headlines announced, “Trio who murdered four as minors sent to gallows.” I don’t know where the three convicted felons are now but a story that ran in the Mainichi Shimbun (“Daily News”) and elsewhere six years later noted they were still alive.

Rather than “sent to gallows,” The Japan Times might have said they were “to be sent to the gallows,” since at the time they were actually sentenced to death and not executed as the phrase “sent to the gallows” suggests. According to the Japan Innocence & Death Penalty Information Center, The Japan Times recognized its error and regretted it, but not enough to set the record straight. Absent a correction of any sort to the online article, the error lives on to this day. 


Supporting Information:

Amnesty International cites related 2011 article ("Death sentences finalized for 3 men who committed crimes as minors") published on the Japan Today website.

See also related citations on the Japan Innocence & Death Penalty Information Center  website.


JT Cassidy has contacted The Japan Times

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Nov 24, 2014 6:11 am Open JT Cassidy

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