| 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 ...

Exhibit highlights Taiwan sex slaves

Aug 2, 2013

Exhibit highlights Taiwan sex slaves

A Tokyo museum focusing on wartime sex slavery is holding an exhibition on how Taiwanese women exploited by the Japanese military have struggled to recover from their ordeals. The Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace, better known as WAM, has collected documents and ...

Jul 19, 2013

Union journals shed light on Minamata disease

Journals detailing the activities of the now-disbanded labor union of Chisso Corp., responsible for the outbreak of the mercury-poisoning disease in Kyushu in the 1950s, have been reprinted to throw fresh light on how its members struggled to support victims of the pollution and ...

Fight to get Tepco, state to come clean lives on

Jun 26, 2013

Fight to get Tepco, state to come clean lives on

Freelance journalist Ryuichi Kino started attending press briefings at Tokyo Electric Power Co. shortly after the nuclear crisis erupted at its Fukushima No. 1 complex in March 2011, knowing that it was an event of world significance. “I knew I would regret it if ...

Editor's diary from '60s still resonates with today's media

Jun 11, 2013

Editor's diary from '60s still resonates with today's media

Written half a century ago, a book delving into journalistic issues from the perspective of a news agency editor is continuing to provide precious lessons to contemporary readers about the challenges of the news media. “Editor’s Diary,” first published in the 1960s, shows the ...