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

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, ...

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 ...