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Tokyo 'comfort women' exhibition targets youths

Jul 23, 2014

Tokyo 'comfort women' exhibition targets youths

Following a series of remarks by influential people playing down Japan’s wartime sex slavery, a Tokyo museum has launched a five-month exhibition aimed at young people to provide a basic picture of the atrocity. Many panels in the “Exhibition of ‘Comfort Women’ for Junior ...

Lecture series keeps Minamata in spotlight

Jul 9, 2014

Lecture series keeps Minamata in spotlight

A Tokyo nonprofit organization is launching a major series of lectures on Minamata disease, following a first round in 2012, as part of continuing efforts to spread awareness of the tragedy. Minamata disease was identified in 1956 as a form of mercury poisoning stemming ...

Book tells of Jews' escape via Japan

Jun 17, 2014

Book tells of Jews' escape via Japan

A former official of the semigovernmental Japan National Tourism Organization has published an English-language version of his research on Jews who escaped via Japan from wartime persecution by the Nazis. Akira Kitade, 70, initially published the book in Japanese two years ago, based on ...

Group battles to preserve achievements of Article 9

May 25, 2014

Group battles to preserve achievements of Article 9

As the government moves toward expanding the nation’s security capacities, voices continue to be raised demanding that the country adhere to the ideals of its pacifist Constitution. Since nine influential people, including Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe, gathered 10 years ago to draw attention ...

Exhibition focuses  on visually impaired

Apr 29, 2014

Exhibition focuses on visually impaired

A unique exhibition is underway at a human rights educational facility in Tokyo focusing on how to guarantee the “right to read” of people with visual impairments. The around 100 items on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Human Rights Promotion Center include embossed art ...

Man who documented Minamata outbreak wins Domon Ken Award

Apr 10, 2014

Man who documented Minamata outbreak wins Domon Ken Award

In one picture, taken in August 1960, a 26-year-old woman stands alone on train station platform. She is leaving her son, born with Minamata disease, following divorce to start her life again. On the next page, together with her new partner, she meets her ...

Journalist shines light on suffering

Mar 13, 2014

Journalist shines light on suffering

An up-and-coming photographer who won plaudits for her work documenting the suffering and survival of socially marginalized people around the world has drawn together eight years of travel and experiences into a new book. “Human Dignity” by Noriko Hayashi, 30, contains reports on her ...

Mar 13, 2014

Discuss death penalty more, U.K. envoy urges

British Ambassador Tim Hitchens has expressed concern about Japan’s continued use of the death penalty and encouraged the Japanese public, including lawmakers, to promote debate on capital punishment. “The death penalty hurts human dignity. It cannot be proved to have deterrent power against serious ...