After decades on death row, former inmate returns home

May 27, 2014

After decades on death row, former inmate returns home

Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was recently released from death row on a court decision to reopen his case 34 years after his sentence was finalized, returned to his hometown of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday. A bullet train carrying Hakamada from Tokyo arrived at ...

Hakamada has first appearance as reprieve pends

Apr 14, 2014

Hakamada has first appearance as reprieve pends

by Tomohiro Osaki

Apparently perplexed but yet thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world’s longest-serving death-row inmate, appeared for the first time in public Monday since being hospitalized after his release. Supporters cheered Hakamada at an event in Tokyo to raise his ...

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 7, 2014

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 6, 2014

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

Mar 28, 2014

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

The Tokyo High Court on Friday rejected an appeal by Shizuoka prosecutors seeking to overturn a district court’s decision to release Iwao Hakamada, who until Thursday had been the world’s longest-serving death row prisoner. The Shizuoka District Court had also decided to suspend Hakamada’s ...

Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty: Let 'tragedy' be a lesson to Japan's courts

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prosecutors must swiftly accept Thursday’s Shizuoka District Court decision to reopen a high-profile 1966 murder case and get to the truth behind the conviction of former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, the Japan branch of Amnesty International said after the ruling. After nearly five decades ...

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Mar 27, 2014

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Hideko Hakamada, the 81-year-old sister of Iwao Hakamada, who was on death row more than three decades after he was convicted of murdering a family of four in Shizuoka Prefecture, expressed delight Thursday after learning he was being freed while his case is re-examined. ...

Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty International slams Japan's 'secrecy' on death penalty

Human rights group Amnesty International criticized Japan on Thursday for its continued used of the death penalty and the “secrecy” surrounding the execution process. At the launch of Amnesty’s annual release of death penalty statistics, spokeswoman Chiara Sangiorgio said Japan must give proper notice ...

Languishing 47 years on death row

Jul 9, 2013

Languishing 47 years on death row

by Hiroshi Hiyama

Iwao Hakamada worked at a miso processing company in Shizuoka Prefecture when he was arrested and later sentenced to death for the grisly murder of his boss, Fujio Hashimoto, as well as Hashimoto’s wife and their two children. Hakamada was 30 years old. The ...