Hiroshi Matsubara

For Hiroshi Matsubara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Convict fights to clear drug-running taint

Aug 3, 2004

Convict fights to clear drug-running taint

Masaharu Katsuno says he survived a decade in an Australian prison because he held out hope that he, his two brothers and their two friends — all convicted heroin smugglers — would someday be exonerated of their crimes. Although Katsuno completed his sentence and ...

Jul 17, 2004

Transsexuals file requests to change registered sex

At least six transsexuals nationwide filed requests with family courts to legally change their registered sex Friday, the same day legislation allowing them to do so took effect. The legislation allows people who have been diagnosed with gender identity disorder and undergone sex-reassignment surgery ...

Kurdish asylum-seekers stage sit-in in Shibuya

Jul 17, 2004

Kurdish asylum-seekers stage sit-in in Shibuya

Two Kurdish families are staging a sit-in outside the United Nations University in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward over the Justice Ministry’s rejection of their applications for refugee status. The 12 protesters, including a 2-year-old boy born in Japan, have been at the main entrance of ...

Forces pact should underscore Japanese lack of rights: lawyer

Jul 15, 2004

Forces pact should underscore Japanese lack of rights: lawyer

Attorney Annette Eddie-Callagain has had to defend people subjected to closed-door interrogations, limited access to lawyers and lengthy detention during which they are pressured to confess. These practices by Japanese police violate the fundamental rights of a suspect and are the reason the U.S.-Japan ...

Jul 15, 2004

U.S. presence in grillings unfair scrutiny?

In late May, a 24-year-old U.S. Navy sailor at the Yokosuka Navy Base in Kanagawa Prefecture was arrested for drunk driving after bumping his car into another outside the base, slightly injuring a child inside the vehicle that was hit. Under an April accord ...

Jul 14, 2004

Peace group protests activists' arrest, beating by cops

An umbrella organization of 51 citizens’ groups that has staged peace marches in Tokyo lodged a protest Tuesday over the arrests of three participants in one such walk in Shibuya Ward earlier this month, displaying video footage of one of them being repeatedly beaten ...

Adopted Thai girl allowed to stay

Jul 7, 2004

Adopted Thai girl allowed to stay

Backtracking on an earlier decision, the Justice Ministry has decided to extend a short-term visa to a 13-year-old Thai orphan who came to live with her grandmother in Tokyo after losing her parents, officials said Tuesday. The move paves the way for the girl ...

Iranian's charge of brutality vs. word of police

Jul 7, 2004

Iranian's charge of brutality vs. word of police

Jailed for two months and charged with obstructing justice, Ghadir Esmaeili, a 34-year-old Iranian permanent resident in Japan, claims he’s a victim of police brutality, although other than his damaged eye he lacks damning visual evidence like the notorious video footage of L.A. police ...

Jul 3, 2004

Slave laborers seek redress and apology

Chinese former slave laborers and relatives of others who have since died submitted a petition Friday to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, demanding an official apology and compensation for their wartime labor at the Hanaoka coal mine in Odate, Akita Prefecture. The group includes 16 ...