Minamata exhibition honors doctor

Apr 4, 2013

Minamata exhibition honors doctor

Masazumi Harada was not only a doctor but also a humble individual, who offered sacrificial support to sufferers of Minamata mercury-poisoning disease and learned from them. An exhibition at Kumamoto Gakuen University’s Open Research Center for Minamata Studies in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, shows his ...

Lawyer, freed convict fight outcast bias, injustice

Apr 3, 2013

Lawyer, freed convict fight outcast bias, injustice

For activist lawyer Taketoshi Nakayama, a crusading legal career was almost predestined, having grown up as the son of a human-rights campaigner in a household keenly aware of the injustices faced by marginalized members of Japanese society. “My father required me to memorize the ...

Journalist's legacy: shedding light on societal injustices

Feb 15, 2013

Journalist's legacy: shedding light on societal injustices

His obituary was not carried by major media, but Nobuyuki Ogasawara left a distinctive mark on Japanese journalism. Far from being a star journalist, he earned his living and secured his reporting expenses mainly as a writing course instructor at cram schools, but the ...

Filmmaker focuses on lives near nuke sites

Feb 13, 2013

Filmmaker focuses on lives near nuke sites

A documentary that recently began screening chronicles the experiences of Japanese communities hosting nuclear facilities and the high price paid by some of them because of the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown disaster, including farmers and fishermen unable to market their produce because of radioactive ...

Jan 29, 2013

Tokyo theater to screen films for 'Death Penalty Week'

Nine films from Japan and abroad that explore the theme of capital punishment will be screened consecutively at a theater in Tokyo’s Shibuya district over a one-week period starting Saturday, accompanied by a series of talks. The movies to be shown at Eurospace for ...

Nov 15, 2012

Lectures put industrial tragedy in perspective

A series of lectures hosted by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is showing from many perspectives how Japan has tackled issues arising from the Minamata mercury-poisoning disease. A month of “Minamata Disease University” lectures offered by various instructors, including doctors and Minamata disease patients, through ...

Ex-judge's book traces faults of justice system

Nov 1, 2012

Ex-judge's book traces faults of justice system

A former judge is seeking to raise public awareness of how miscarriages of justice can occur, having reversed more than 20 guilty verdicts during eight years as a presiding judge at the Tokyo High Court. In his newly published book, “Reversed on the Facts ...

Aug 18, 2012

Handing down Minamata lessons continues

Efforts to hand down lessons from the Minamata disease tragedy continue, even as the government tries to effectively draw the curtain on issues concerning the corporate-caused mercury poisonings. Minamata Forum, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization, will hold its 100th public seminar Aug. 28 in Tokyo. ...