Daisuke Sato

For Daisuke Sato's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Rallies dent business in Koreatown

Aug 4, 2013

Rallies dent business in Koreatown

Ultranationalist rallies targeted at residents and businesses in the capital’s Koreatown district have cast a dark shadow over the once-thriving area. Sales at a Korean restaurant in the area, just east of Shin-Okubo Station on the JR Yamanote Line, have already been halved, said ...

Son wants killer dad to atone, not hang

Feb 21, 2013

Son wants killer dad to atone, not hang

Hiroto Oyama frequently dreams about his mother floating on the surface of water and his father standing on the gallows. “I wake up by my own shouting voice,” the 24-year-old Oyama said. His father, Kiyotaka Oyama, 51, was convicted of killing his wife (Hiroto ...

Opinion divided on life term without parole

Feb 21, 2013

Opinion divided on life term without parole

A 44-year-old man serving a life sentence in a prison in the Chugoku region believes that continuing to live a respectable life is the only atonement he can make for the families of the two people he killed. The inmate, who has now served ...

Mom still struggles with son's execution

Feb 20, 2013

Mom still struggles with son's execution

Recalling her son’s funeral, the mother of executed killer Yukinori Matsuda said he appeared to be at peace in his coffin surrounded by flowers. “You couldn’t see your mother’s face before you died,” she had said to the body. The funeral for Matsuda, 39, ...

Feb 23, 2010

DPJ-LDP bickering keeps Seoul liaison group idled

SEOUL — South Korean and Japanese lawmaker groups have been getting together for decades to promote bilateral ties and iron out rocky political issues, but they have been out of the limelight since the change of government in Tokyo last year. Prime Minister Yukio ...