Dec 26, 2014

Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

Mauritania has delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960, ordering capital punishment for a Muslim man who wrote an article deemed blasphemous of Islam. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, aged in his late 20s, fainted when the ruling was read out ...

Jun 10, 2014

Retired Hokkaido farmer describes rural plight in novels

by Eriko Aoyagi

Novelist Hiroshi Tamai, a 79-year-old self-described “peasant writer,” is proud that he persisted with his craft through the toughest years as a cattle farmer in Betsukai, eastern Hokkaido. In the mid-1950s, the Japanese government sought young people to join a pilot project to cultivate ...