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. ...

Exhibition portrays Okinawa's wartime sex slaves

Jun 26, 2012

Exhibition portrays Okinawa's wartime sex slaves

A Tokyo museum is presenting a detailed view of wartime sex slavery in Okinawa through pictures, testimonies of residents and other documentary evidence, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan from U.S. control. In a yearlong exhibition through next June, the ...

Jun 15, 2012

Book gives voice to inmates on death row

Some say they will squarely accept their fate, but others argue they shouldn’t be executed because they did not get a fair trial. Some have deeply apologized for murders they committed, while others have expressed gratitude to family and supporters for their support. The ...