TOKYO -- Japan has hanged a robber who killed two people and a cult leader blamed for six murders during what she and her followers said were exorcisms.
The Justice Ministry said 65-year-old Sachiko Eto and 39-year-old Yukinori Matsuda were executed Thursday.
Eto was convicted of beating her victims and hiding their bodies at her home. Eto's daughter and another cult member were sentenced to life in prison for the 1995 murders.
Matsuda was convicted of killing two people during a robbery in 2003.
Japan is one of the few industrialized countries that have capital punishment, which is carried out by hanging. The Justice Ministry says 131 convicts are on Japan's death row.