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Hiroshi Matsubara
For Hiroshi Matsubara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
JAPAN
Jul 1, 2003
Foreigners' war-redress battles rage on
For many elderly foreigners who were victims of Japanese prewar and wartime aggression and occupation, the fighting continues.
JAPAN
Jun 27, 2003
Iranian to get 600,000 yen for prison guard abuse
The Tokyo District Court ordered the central government Thursday to pay 600,000 yen to an Iranian former inmate at Fuchu Prison for abuse at the hands of guards.
JAPAN
Jun 27, 2003
Iranian to get 600,000 yen for prison guard abuse
The Tokyo District Court ordered the central government Thursday to pay 600,000 yen to an Iranian former inmate at Fuchu Prison for abuse at the hands of guards.
JAPAN
Jun 27, 2003
Iranian to get 600,000 yen for prison guard abuse
The Tokyo District Court ordered the central government Thursday to pay 600,000 yen to an Iranian former inmate at Fuchu Prison for abuse at the hands of guards.
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2003
Japan's communists to sing a different tune -- at last
The Japanese Communist Party is finally making moves to update its 42-year-old party platform in an attempt to better reflect the reality of modern Japanese society and the world.
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2003
Ministry to replace dreaded prison device
The Justice Ministry announced Tuesday it will replace a controversial leather restraining device -- which has been criticized as an instrument of torture -- with leather manacles lined with felt on the inside.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2003
Ministry to replace dreaded prison device
The Justice Ministry announced Tuesday it will replace a controversial leather restraining device -- which has been criticized as an instrument of torture -- with leather manacles lined with felt on the inside.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2003
Ministry to replace dreaded prison device
The Justice Ministry announced Tuesday it will replace a controversial leather restraining device -- which has been criticized as an instrument of torture -- with leather manacles lined with felt on the inside.
JAPAN
Jun 14, 2003
Guard abuse evident in only two of 1,566 deaths: ministry
The Justice Ministry said Friday that a special probe into suspicious prisoner deaths between 1993 and 2002 has found evidence of abuse by guards in just two of the 1,566 cases under scrutiny.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 13, 2003
Korean vets sue government over forced labor in Siberia
A group of former South Korean soldiers and civilian workers of the Imperial Japanese Army, forced into laborer by the Soviet Union for years after World War II, sued the government Thursday for 300 million yen in unpaid wages and compensation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 13, 2003
Korean vets sue government over forced labor in Siberia
A group of former South Korean soldiers and civilian workers of the Imperial Japanese Army, forced into laborer by the Soviet Union for years after World War II, sued the government Thursday for 300 million yen in unpaid wages and compensation.
JAPAN
Jun 13, 2003
Korean vets sue government over forced labor in Siberia
A group of former South Korean soldiers and civilian workers of the Imperial Japanese Army, forced into laborer by the Soviet Union for years after World War II, sued the government Thursday for 300 million yen in unpaid wages and compensation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 7, 2003
Chino Shoho's quirks pose no threat: cultist
On a quiet hill dotted with summer cottages in the village of Oizumi, Yamanashi Prefecture, with Mount Fuji soaring above the southern Alps, a pair of geodesic domes are going up.
JAPAN
Jun 6, 2003
Transsexuals' SOS answered
A group of ruling coalition lawmakers is preparing legislation that would allow transsexuals to switch their gender on their family register after having sex-change surgery.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2003
Former prosecutor, out on parole, goes back on offensive
A public prosecutor arrested last year renewed his charges against his former colleagues Tuesday, repeating his claim that money meant to pay off informants is instead going toward wining and dining.
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2003
Public weight to balance scales of justice?
Unlike Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's administrative and economic reform initiatives, which have seen slow going, his efforts to overhaul the judiciary have made steady progress.
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2003
Public weight to balance scales of justice?
Unlike Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's administrative and economic reform initiatives, which have seen slow going, his efforts to overhaul the judiciary have made steady progress.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 23, 2003
Aum flailing amid vacuum left by Asahara
In early February, a 37-year-old former member of Aum Shinrikyo launched a Web site featuring transcripts of past lectures by the cult's founder, Shoko Asahara.
JAPAN
Apr 17, 2003
Drive to amend Prison Law gathers steam
Recent revelations concerning the fatal abuse of inmates by guards at Nagoya Prison have prompted the Justice Ministry to pursue amendments to the near century-old Prison Law -- or even its complete abolition in favor of new legislation.
JAPAN
Apr 15, 2003
Transsexuals given ministry approval
The home affairs ministry has told the Tokyo Metropolitan Election Administration Commission that local election commissions should accept a candidate's application even if it is filed showing a gender different from that in the candidate's family register, it was learned Monday.

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