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 ...

Dec 2, 2009

Archives detail '49 miscarriage of justice

, a professor emeritus at Fukushima University, poses in front of the school’s Matsukawa case archives. Below: Makoto Suzuki, a defendant in the case first sentenced to death and then acquitted, is interviewed in November. KYODO PHOTO On Aug. 17, 1949, a train came ...

Nov 9, 2009

Symposium highlights unresolved issues of Minamata disease sufferers

The problems facing people suffering from fetal Minamata disease remain unresolved more than 50 years after the mercury-poisoning disorder was officially detected in 1956, a researcher of the disease said Sunday. “While sensory impairment is one of the criteria for official recognition as a ...

Oct 17, 2009

Photo album chronicles daily lives of Ainu living in Tokyo

A record of the daily lives of Ainu living in the Tokyo metropolitan area has been published as a photo collection. Around 160 photos in “Ainu, at times Japanese” depict Ainu who are involved in traditional religious exercises, dancing and singing, and marriage ceremonies ...

Execution of a noted jailhouse writer commemorated

Aug 3, 2009

Execution of a noted jailhouse writer commemorated

Hundreds of people gathered on the 12th anniversary of Norio Nagayama’s execution, a man hanged for killing four people when he was a teenager. “It was highly likely that he would have led a life of atonement (if he had not been executed on ...