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 ...

Photo show spans Minamata woes

Nov 12, 2013

Photo show spans Minamata woes

Some 60 pictures by a freelance photographer currently on display at a gallery in central Tokyo show glimpses of the half-century history of Minamata disease victims. Since his first visit to Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, in 1960 as a rookie photographer just out of college, ...

| Oct 16, 2013

Death of inmate's adoptive son ends 'Teigin' retrial bid

The curtain has effectively come down on the most mysterious mass-murder case in postwar Japan, with numerous questions left unanswered. Takehiko Hirasawa, 54, who sought a posthumous retrial for his adoptive father, Sadamichi Hirasawa, was recently found dead in a home in Suginami Ward, ...

Memories of war's victims, victimizers

Aug 14, 2013

Memories of war's victims, victimizers

A freelance photojournalist has recorded the individual histories of 70 survivors of the war at home and abroad to show how they acted during wartime and how their experiences affected the rest of their lives. “I wanted to record the testimonies of war survivors ...