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Ex-convict helps inmates return to society

Jan 23, 2015

Ex-convict helps inmates return to society

by Hisashi Sasaki

Shigeru Ono, a 49-year-old man fresh out of prison, was growing increasingly desperate. In the four days since his release, Ono, not his real name, had spent half of the ¥250,000 he earned from prison labor during his 10-year incarceration. He used the money ...

Activists to establish a special grave for Tokyo's homeless

Jan 8, 2015

Activists to establish a special grave for Tokyo's homeless

Activists want to give Tokyo’s homeless people dignity in death. They are raising funds to create a special grave for their ashes rather than the anonymous, communal disposal afforded to people who die without means and mourners. Potential beneficiaries include Shigeru Ikeda, not his ...

Help at hand for dementia patients

Jan 6, 2015

Help at hand for dementia patients

by Kanoko Matsuyama

They would enter the bank and ask for their cash. Yuriko Asahara, behind the counter, would check where they would stash it — in the side pocket of a handbag or perhaps deep down in a shoulder bag. Asahara wasn’t spying. She knew she’d ...