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Manga exhibit promotes human rights awareness

Jun 1, 2015

Manga exhibit promotes human rights awareness

Gender identity disorder, sexual orientation discrimination, death row, depression and physical abuse: these are just a few of the hard-hitting subjects being dealt with at a manga exhibition for the promotion of human rights. While people from overseas have grown more aware of Japanese ...

Anti-Vietnam War 'Beheiren' activism remembered 50 years on

May 19, 2015

Anti-Vietnam War 'Beheiren' activism remembered 50 years on

Half a century since Japanese peace activists set up a group that campaigned against the Vietnam War and helped deserters from the U.S. military escape to Europe, the group’s legacy lives on. As some warn of growing reactionary tendencies in Japanese politics, researchers and ...

Asahara's No. 3 daughter writes on life during, after cult

Mar 26, 2015

Asahara's No. 3 daughter writes on life during, after cult

Rika Matsumoto, the 31-year-old daughter of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara, who is on death row, realizes her father’s notoriety has made it impossible for her to live a normal life. Instead, the third daughter of the guru has come forward in public with ...

Mom's anti-nuclear stance inspires film

Jan 27, 2015

Mom's anti-nuclear stance inspires film

In the days of uncertainty immediately following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, documentary filmmaker Masako Sakata turned to a book written by her late mother, an anti-nuclear campaigner, to try to make sense of what was happening. The book, “Please Listen,” is a ...

Noted Japanese war photographer goes on display

Sep 3, 2014

Noted Japanese war photographer goes on display

A collection of nearly 300 images captured by renowned photographer Akihiko Okamura are on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, chronicling a career that drew international attention following his critically acclaimed coverage of the Vietnam War over half a century ago. Okamura, ...