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

Efforts to preserve memories of aging 'comfort women' gains urgency

Sep 21, 2016

Efforts to preserve memories of aging 'comfort women' gains urgency

Efforts to preserve and pass on the memories of the “comfort women” have become more urgent as the victims of wartime sexual violence age. An international alliance of nongovernmental organizations filed an application in May to have over 2,700 comfort women-related documents listed in ...

Sep 7, 2016

Seminar seeks to shine spotlight on mercury-linked Minamata disease

Victims, researchers and academics will on Saturday gather in Bangkok for a seminar marking the 60th anniversary since the discovery of mercury poisoning malady Minamata disease. To be held at Chulalongkorn University, speakers will include Shinobu Sakamoto, a Kumamoto Prefecture native who contracted Minamata ...

Film depicts life of evacuees from Fukushima

Mar 4, 2016

Film depicts life of evacuees from Fukushima

Freelance journalist Mizue Furui is a frequent visitor to a small housing complex in northeastern Japan for evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster. While domestic issues are not her field, she found herself drawn to Fukushima by parallels she saw between ...