Capital punishment in Japan is conducted by hanging, and the practice of notifying inmates just hours before the penalty is carried out has long been decried by international human rights organisations for the stress it places on prisoners.
I’m not sure about this but roughly. After – after note – breakfast it is possible that the guard comes and says today’s the day. And then they hang before or by lunchtime.
Which does make that little period of time after breakfast each day a tad worrying. Especially as this goes on for years, sometimes decades.
Now, whether this is justifiably evil or not is up to each individual to consider. But I can’t see it as being anything other than an evilish twisting of the knife….hmm, maybe brandishing of the rope.