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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 ...

Tokai mayor at front of antinuclear drive

May 31, 2012

Tokai mayor at front of antinuclear drive

Since 1957, when the nation’s first research reactor achieved criticality in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, the village has promoted itself as a “pioneer” of Japan’s nuclear development. But the mood has shifted, and the mayor now a chief advocate of abandoning atomic power. Amid the ...

May 7, 2012

Citizens' gathering focuses on Minamata, Fukushima similarities

A Minamata disease sufferer suggested at a citizens’ gathering Sunday that the government has learned little from the mercury-poisoning disease and repeated bungles in tackling the Fukushima nuclear crisis. “People found crows and doves unable to fly in the coastal areas of Minamata, while ...

Apr 24, 2012

Hiraoka rues resumption of executions

Former Justice Minister Hideo Hiraoka said it is regrettable that Japan resumed executing death-row inmates in March without holding sufficient debate following a 20-month hiatus. “I regret that executions took place last month without being examined or discussed . . . regarding the way ...

Lawyer crusades for more disclosure

Apr 20, 2012

Lawyer crusades for more disclosure

Kazuo Hizumi was almost unique among reporters who flocked to Tepco news conferences to cover the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Doubting whether Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government were disclosing enough information about how the catastrophe was unfolding, The ...