Photo exhibition shows pain of Indonesian former 'comfort women'

Oct 19, 2015

Photo exhibition shows pain of Indonesian former 'comfort women'

Portrait photos of 16 Indonesian former “comfort women” are currently on display at a Tokyo gallery in an exhibition focused on conveying their painful wartime experiences. The women were taken against their will to brothels for the Japanese military as comfort women, but kept ...

Atomic foe CNIC fetes 40 years tracking nuclear safety issues

Oct 2, 2015

Atomic foe CNIC fetes 40 years tracking nuclear safety issues

A private organization lobbying to phase out atomic power is celebrating four decades of efforts to encourage public discourse and self-education about nuclear issues, as concern grows over reactor restarts just four years after the Fukushima meltdowns. The Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center was launched ...

Photo exhibition focuses on faces, lives of Tokyo's homeless

Aug 27, 2015

Photo exhibition focuses on faces, lives of Tokyo's homeless

An ongoing photo exhibition in Tokyo illustrates a burning desire of people living on the streets: to simply build normal relationships with the rest of society. The Tokyo Metropolitan Human Rights Promotion Center currently displays 42 photos of the homeless, taken by freelance photographer ...

NPO launches digital archives on Fukushima nuclear disaster

Jul 31, 2015

NPO launches digital archives on Fukushima nuclear disaster

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization has launched a digital archive of public documents on the 2011 nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, so people can examine whether administrative bodies have pursued appropriate policies since the disaster started. There are currently over 3,000 documents ...

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 ...