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 ...

Keeping voices of Fukushima alive

Feb 26, 2014

Keeping voices of Fukushima alive

A special exhibition at a gallery in a suburb outside of Tokyo is focusing on the suffering of people at the hands of man-made disasters. Marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels is displaying some ...

Regaining voice through performance

Jan 30, 2014

Regaining voice through performance

How would you react if you were diagnosed as HIV-positive? Keep quiet, pretend nothing happened and write off your past? Endure the agony by yourself? A new documentary titled “Talk Back Out Loud” produced by an independent Japanese filmmaker asks viewers these questions, showing ...

School cook documents plight of nuclear refugees on film

Dec 23, 2013

School cook documents plight of nuclear refugees on film

Working as an elementary school cook by day, Satomi Horikiri transforms herself into a film director by night and on weekends, swapping her kitchen knife for a video camera. Her focus is on those who evacuated one of the two small towns hosting the ...

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

Nov 27, 2013

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

A Tokyo museum has published a book about wartime sex slaves aimed at enhancing public awareness following a series of remarks by politicians demonstrating their ignorance over the “comfort women” issue. The book is based on a 2007 exhibition at the Women’s Active Museum ...

Nov 20, 2013

Group makes no secret of opposition to bill

In the face of moves to amend the postwar Constitution, about 500 people gathered in Tokyo on Saturday to promote the importance of maintaining its pacifistic ideals. At the outset of the gathering, sponsored by the pro-constitutional Article 9 Association, Yasuhiro Okudaira, a professor ...