On Thursday, November 19th, 1998, three middle-aged murderers were hanged in Japan. Masamichi Ida, 56, went to the gallows in Nagova Prison for a murder during a robbery in which three people were killed. Tatsuaki Nishio, 61, was hanged in Tokyo for a murder committed nine years previously, and Akira Tsuda, 59, was executed in Hiroshima for a 1991 murder resulting from a kidnapping.