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For C.M. Mason's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Mourning' turns into celebration

May 31, 2007

'Mourning' turns into celebration

“Mogari No Mori (The Mourning Forest),” the Japanese film that crept up from behind bigger-name productions to win the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, revolves around an old man’s unswerving desire to find his wife’s grave. The main character’s dedication may ...

'Killing people won't cut crime; there's no data to prove this'

Apr 8, 2007

'Killing people won't cut crime; there's no data to prove this'

The gallows, like much of the rest of Japan’s prison system, are shrouded in thick veils of government secrecy. Executions are timed to coincide with Diet [parliamentary] recesses to avoid protests from opposition lawmakers; prison guards are forbidden from discussing their work; and few ...

Japan's way of judicial killing

Apr 8, 2007

Japan's way of judicial killing

Japan’s application of the death penalty is cruel, secretive and out of step with much of the developed world, say its opponents. As a record 102 inmates now wait on death row for the hangman’s noose, in this JT review of the capital-punishment system, ...

One who has lived to tell the tale

Apr 8, 2007

One who has lived to tell the tale

When his body isn’t groaning under the weight of its 81 years, and the sun is shining in the skies over his native Kyushu, Sakae Menda sometimes forgets the ordeal he suffered and knows he is lucky to be alive. But most days, there ...