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Keiji Hirano
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 15, 2017
Niigata Minamata disease victims shed light on stigma in new book
The perils of mercury-poisoning are laid bare by victims of the Niigata Minamata disease who recount lingering social stigma and the importance of protecting the environment in a new book by a Tokyo publisher.
CULTURE / Art
Feb 7, 2017
Photo collection captures memories of persecuted Yazidis
Memories of the Yazidis, an ethno-religious minority who fled their homeland in the Sinjar Mountains in northwest Iraq following an invasion by the Islamic State in August 2014, have been preserved in a newly published photo collection.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2016
EU calls on Japan to abolish the death penalty
The European Union called on Japan on Monday to abolish the death penalty, saying "it is a key priority of our external human rights policy" to work toward its universal elimination to protect human dignity.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 8, 2016
Human rights watchdog urges LGBT-inclusive curricula for Japan's schools
With a new proposal, a human rights group is urging the government to give ample consideration to sexual minority students when compiling educational guidelines and teacher training programs.
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 12, 2016
Tokyo play explores Minamata issue on the 60th anniversary of the official recognition of the mercury-poisoning disease
A play featuring a doctor involved in the identification of Minamata disease will open in a Tokyo theater on Friday, marking the 60th anniversary of the official recognition of the mercury-poisoning disease.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2016
Lawyers to campaign for abolition of capital punishment in Japan
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations will launch a campaign next month for the abolition of capital punishment, arguing that even the worst offenders stand a chance of reintegration in society.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 21, 2016
Efforts to preserve memories of aging 'comfort women' gains urgency
Efforts to preserve and pass on the memories of the "comfort women" have become more urgent as the victims of wartime sexual violence age.
JAPAN
Sep 7, 2016
Seminar seeks to shine spotlight on mercury-linked Minamata disease
Victims, researchers and academics will on Saturday gather in Bangkok for a seminar marking the 60th anniversary since the discovery of mercury poisoning malady Minamata disease.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Aug 24, 2016
Documentary sheds light on Japanese who helped Jews escape Holocaust
A London-based Japanese actor has created a short documentary film that sheds light on individuals who helped Jews escape from Nazi persecution as well as those who have worked to see that this history is passed on.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jul 27, 2016
Exhibition sheds light on plight of wartime 'comfort women' in Burma
An exhibition on sexual violence committed by the Japanese military in wartime Burma has begun at a Tokyo museum as part of efforts to document the experiences of female victims.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 2, 2016
1957 Sunagawa base incident puts spotlight on new security laws
Former activists petitioning for a retrial after they were fined for unlawfully entering a U.S. military base in Tokyo nearly 60 years ago find their case in the spotlight once again.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 1, 2016
Uninformed 'confession' hoped to clear late Teigin Incident suspect
Sadamichi Hirasawa was sentenced to death in part because of a one-off admission that he killed 12 people with poison and took money from a branch of Teikoku Ginko (Imperial Bank) in Tokyo in 1948. The Teigin Incident, as the crime became known, was one of postwar Japan's most sensational mass-murder...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 21, 2016
Sixty years on, justice eludes Minamata residents poisoned with mercury
In the early 1970s, when the country was gripped by student unrest, it was the sight of a sit-in by Minamata disease sufferers outside the headquarters of Chisso Corp. in central Tokyo that gave high schooler Yuta Jitsukawa his cause.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Mar 4, 2016
Film depicts life of evacuees from Fukushima
Freelance journalist Mizue Furui is a frequent visitor to a small housing complex in northeastern Japan for evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 17, 2015
Documentary examines death-row inmate's new life after 48-year wait for hangman
A new documentary movie portrays the new daily ordeal of a man who lived for almost half a century in solitary confinement and in fear of the gallows.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 18, 2015
Survey offers insights into Japan's death-row inmates' thoughts, feelings and fears
For death-row inmates in Japan, contact with the outside world through visits and the exchange of letters makes life worth living, if only for another day, as they reflect on their crimes or pursue the possibility of retrials.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 19, 2015
Photo exhibition shows pain of Indonesian former 'comfort women'
Portrait photos of 16 Indonesian former "comfort women" are currently on display at a Tokyo gallery in an exhibition focused on conveying their painful wartime experiences.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 2, 2015
Atomic foe CNIC fetes 40 years tracking nuclear safety issues
A private organization lobbying to phase out atomic power is celebrating four decades of efforts to encourage public discourse and self-education about nuclear issues, as concern grows over reactor restarts just four years after the Fukushima meltdowns.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 16, 2015
Public support for death penalty not overwhelming, researchers say
Japanese may not be as enthusiastic about death row inmates being sent to the gallows as previously believed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 27, 2015
Photo exhibition focuses on faces, lives of Tokyo's homeless
An ongoing photo exhibition in Tokyo illustrates a burning desire of people living on the streets: to simply build normal relationships with the rest of society.

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