Meta

RSS

Keiji's RSS feed

Keiji Hirano

For Keiji Hirano's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Activists pick up baton left by admired constitutional scholar

Jul 21, 2015

Activists pick up baton left by admired constitutional scholar

For the late professor Yasuhiro Okudaira, preserving Japan’s war-renouncing Constitution was his lifeblood. Now constitutional scholars of his ilk are intent on continuing his legacy in the face of the government’s staunch bid to reinterpret the charter. Miho Aoi, who had planned to study ...

Jul 20, 2015

Veteran activists urge citizens to think, act for democracy

Three veteran grass-roots campaigners from the pacifist movement shared a half-century of experiences with college students recently against a backdrop of protests over the Abe administration’s policy of lifting constitutional constraints on the Self-Defense Forces. During a symposium at Keio University in Tokyo, Shinobu ...

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 ...