Nov 18, 2010

Essays recount deadly Tokai nuke debacle

Seeking to hand down lessons from Japan’s first criticality accident, the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, has published an anthology of essays contributed by people involved in the Sept. 30, 1999, fatal disaster. The accident occurred when workers at the JCO Co. nuclear fuel ...

Convicts' art show makes Tokyo debut

Sep 12, 2010

Convicts' art show makes Tokyo debut

A unique art show is under way at a small Tokyo gallery displaying 40 paintings by 26 prisoners, including current and executed death row inmates. “As the prisoners are under extreme restraint, their imagination has been well-honed,” said Hiroshi Matsuhashi, owner of the TEN ...

Aug 25, 2010

Exhibit shows struggle of 'comfort women'

An exhibition to look back on developments over the past 10 years in addressing wartime sexual slavery is now under way at a Tokyo museum and resource center on the former “comfort women.” The exhibition was organized to mark the 10th anniversary of the ...

Jul 28, 2010

Lawyers work to undermine death penalty

In the face of recent revelations of wrongful accusations, lawyers involved in capital cases are calling for abolition of the death penalty, arguing at a Tokyo gathering that innocent people could be hanged. Lawyer Yasuyuki Tokuda, who is working to reopen the case of ...

Jun 11, 2010

Legacy of 1960 protest movement lives on

Yuichi Yoshikawa visits the south entrance of the Diet building every June 15 to offer flowers in memory of a female college student who died there in a clash between police forces and anti-Japan-U.S. security treaty demonstrators on the day 50 years ago. Hundreds ...

May 7, 2010

High school tuition waiver alters donor dynamics

The new tuition waiver at public high schools is making some people less willing to support high school students from single-parent households who are forced to give up further education amid financial difficulties. “It was reported last fall that students collecting street donations for ...

Apr 22, 2010

Cuba block prints to be displayed

Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo will exhibit 40-year-old block prints expressing the ideas of the Declaration of Havana of September 1960. The exhibition from this Saturday to May 23 “will show the social conditions in Cuba in those days and how artists expressed ...

Apr 7, 2010

Okinawa's residents await verdict on reversion disclosure

HAEBARU, Okinawa Pref. — While searching for records on the postwar history of Okinawa in the United States for nine years through 2006, Kazuhiko Nakamoto was impressed with the meticulous documentation management there. “The documents at the National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, ...

Mar 12, 2010

Bio a lesson in journalist principles

On June 17, 1960, seven major newspapers in Tokyo simultaneously carried a “joint declaration” concerning a bloody public clash over the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty that left a female University of Tokyo student dead, calling for a quick resolution to the situation. Thousands of radical ...