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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 ...