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Jon Mitchell writes about human rights issues on Okinawa. Numerous TV documentaries have been based upon his work — including “Defoliated Island,” winner of a 2012 award for excellence from Japan’s Association of Commercial Broadcasters.

For Jon Mitchell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Monuments to peace reveal island's violent history

Aug 9, 2014

Monuments to peace reveal island's violent history

With its perpetual flame for peace and slabs of granite inscribed with the names of the more than 241,000 people who died on all sides during the Battle of Okinawa, the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni is the island’s most famous monument — ...

Cannabis: the fabric of Japan

Apr 19, 2014

Cannabis: the fabric of Japan

As counterculture groups around the world celebrate annual April 20 marijuana festivals, we examine the country's historical and cultural links to the much-maligned weed.

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

Apr 19, 2014

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

Every summer in Hokkaido and northern Honshu, platoons of police and public servants scour the countryside for cannabis. For a nation well-known for its strict drug laws, the plants are remarkably easy to find. In an average year, patrols discover between 1 million and ...