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Hiroshi Matsubara
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 15, 2003
Confession-based convictions questioned
For more than a month after his arrest, Kazuo Ishikawa staunchly denied police allegations that he had raped and killed a high school girl in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, in May 1963.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 11, 2003
Futility felt by journalist drives him to show war's true face
Hearing U.S. bombs find their targets and feeling the ground shake under his Baghdad hotel, Kosuke Tsuneoka was struck by the futility of his plan to serve as a "human shield" and stop the war.
JAPAN
Apr 8, 2003
Asylum seekers want answers from minister
About 30 Kurdish asylum seekers submitted a letter of inquiry Monday to Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama, demanding an explanation over the ministry's rejection of all refugee applications by Kurds.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 5, 2003
Victim of prison guards angry at being ignored
After witnessing guards at Nagoya Prison frequently bullying inmates -- particularly the elderly or physically disabled -- a male prisoner sent a written complaint in October 2000 to then Justice Minister Okiharu Yasuoka.
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2003
New correctional reform panel launched
Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama announced Monday the inauguration of a special panel tasked with discussing correctional reform.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2003
Miura case came to define sensationalism
In January 1984, more than two years after his wife was gunned down in a Los Angeles parking lot, a major weekly newsmagazine began a series of articles titled "Bullet of suspicion," suggesting Kazuyoshi Miura arranged his wife's murder for the insurance money.
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2003
'Structural' woes behind prison deaths
The Justice Ministry on Monday said that "organizational and structural problems" at the nation's correctional facilities are behind recent cases of fatal abuse at Nagoya Prison.
JAPAN
Mar 29, 2003
Record 5.77 million visitors in '02
The number of foreigners entering Japan hit a record 5.77 million in 2002, up 9.2 percent from the previous year, the Immigration Bureau said Friday.
JAPAN
Mar 27, 2003
25,296 without homes: survey
The number of homeless people in Japan stood at 25,296 earlier this year, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.
JAPAN
Mar 19, 2003
Prison chief defends withholding inmates' death records
The head of the Justice Ministry's Correctional Bureau apologized Tuesday for failing to inform Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama that "shibo-cho," or prisoner death records, have been kept at each of the nation's prisons for the past decade.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 15, 2003
'Muen botoke' rite held in Tokyo
An annual Buddhist rite for "muen botoke" -- people who died and left behind no known relatives -- was held Friday at a temple in eastern Tokyo, a grim reminder of the soaring number of remains in recent years that are buried under these circumstances.
JAPAN
Mar 8, 2003
Miura wants district court to look into assault rap
Encouraged by the recent Supreme Court acquittal over the death of his wife in 1982, Kazuyoshi Miura said Friday he will file a request with the Tokyo District Court to re-examine a separate charge of assaulting her earlier that year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 2, 2003
Transsexual out to change family registry law
Last month, several transsexuals petitioned some 20 Diet members for legal changes that would allow people who have undergone sex-change operations to switch their gender on official registries.
JAPAN
Feb 28, 2003
Foreigners locked up despite acquittal
Roberto Tokunaga was freed in May 2001. The 26-year-old Brazilian was acquitted by a district court in Nagano Prefecture of fatally abusing his 3-year-old daughter.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 23, 2003
Foreigners seek same rights as seal
YOKOHAMA -- A group of foreign residents and their supporters demonstrated in Yokohama's Nishi Ward on Saturday, demanding the same rights as a stray seal known as Tama-chan.
JAPAN
Feb 22, 2003
Needy find welfare elusive, demeaning
After living homeless in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward for seven years, a 53-year-old former leather tanner was finally helped off the street last year with public livelihood assistance.
JAPAN
Feb 12, 2003
Nepal man balks at murder rap pinned on brother
The Tokyo High Court in 2000 convicted Govinda Prasad Mainali for the 1997 robbery and murder of a Tokyo woman, but his brother believes he is innocent and is pushing to have him acquitted -- again.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 5, 2003
No welcome mat for North Korea escapees
On a rainy night in fall 1996, a Japan-born tractor driver in North Korea dived into the fast and muddy current of the Yalu River on the border with China in a last-ditch attempt to escape the hunger and poverty that had plagued his family for decades.
Japan Times
JAPAN / PREFECTURAL FARE
Feb 1, 2003
Hiroshima's long-neglected cuisine brought to the fore at Shinjuku store
Hiroshima Prefecture's natural beauty and abundance of marine life are almost always upstaged by the tragedy that befell its capital in 1945.
JAPAN
Jan 21, 2003
Christian-nuptial fad calls on fake pastors
Seeing a job ad placed by a Tokyo wedding company two years ago in an English daily, a 32-year-old Australian man applied for a position performing Christian-style nuptials at hotels and wedding halls on weekends.

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