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Films focus on dementia and find hope

| Nov 28, 2015

Films focus on dementia and find hope

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Last week, a 47-year-old woman was arrested for killing her 81-year-old mother and “assisting” in the suicide of her 74-year-old father. The woman had been found on the banks of the Tone River in Saitama Prefecture, into which she and her parents had driven ...

TV Asahi gets 'The Scoop' on false convictions

| Nov 7, 2015

TV Asahi gets 'The Scoop' on false convictions

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Last week the Tokyo Shimbun ran an article about Keiko Aoki and Tatsuhiro Boku, the couple convicted of murdering Aoki’s 11-year-old daughter in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison. The upcoming retrial, which will likely reverse the guilty verdict, may reveal that the ...

U.S. sea patrols fuel war of words in print

| Oct 31, 2015

U.S. sea patrols fuel war of words in print

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As this column went to press, the Japanese media had their collective attention focused on a potential hot-spot in the disputed South China Sea, where the destroyer USS Lassen, in a modern-day show of “gunboat diplomacy,” took an in-your-face drive-by (or sail-by if you ...