Japanese Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki announces the execution of Tokuhisa Kumagai, who was convicted of shooting in the head and robbed the owner of a Chinese restaurant in May 2004, at a press conference at his office in Tokyo on September 12, 2013. Japan hanged the 73-year-old robbery-murder convict, bringing to six the number of death-row inmates executed since the conservative government came to power in December. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
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Sadakazu Tanigaki, newly appointed secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe placed an advocate of pro-market reforms in charge of the government pension fund and named a rising female politician as industry minister as he seeks to restore momentum to his 'Abenomics policies with a cabinet reshuffle today. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Sadakazu Tanigaki walks the corridor to attend the press conference to announce he will not run for LDP's next presidential election on September 10, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. With a crowded field lining up for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party presidential election, incumbent Sadakazu Tanigaki, seeing declining support, bowed out of the race.
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Sadakazu Tanigaki, Japan's newly appointed justice minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Japan's parliament confirmed Shinzo Abe as the nation's seventh prime minister in six years, returning him to the office he left in 2007 after his party regained power in a landslide election victory last week. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda Reshuffles Cabinet In Tokyo, Japan On August 01, 2008 - Land, infrastructure, transport, tourism minister Sadakazu Tanigaki.
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Opposition party Liberal Democratic Party leader Sadakazu Tanigaki walks the corridor for the meering with Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Democratic Party of Japan president Yoshihiko Noda and New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi at the diet building on August 8, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. The three parties agreed to pass the tax hike bills in return of the general election 'near future'.
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Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki makes a street speech on November 29, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. The lower house election campaign is officially kicked off on December 2, Japanese vote in on December 14.