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Keiji Hirano
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 31, 2015
NPO launches digital archives on Fukushima nuclear disaster
A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization has launched a digital archive of public documents on the 2011 nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, so people can examine whether administrative bodies have pursued appropriate policies since the disaster started.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 21, 2015
Activists pick up baton left by admired constitutional scholar
For the late professor Yasuhiro Okudaira, preserving Japan's war-renouncing Constitution was his lifeblood.
JAPAN
Jul 20, 2015
Veteran activists urge citizens to think, act for democracy
Three veteran grass-roots campaigners from the pacifist movement shared a half-century of experiences with college students recently against a backdrop of protests over the Abe administration's policy of lifting constitutional constraints on the Self-Defense Forces.
JAPAN / History
Jul 10, 2015
Tokyo exhibition shows 'comfort women' ordeal in Dutch East Indies
An effort to shed light on the painful experiences of females procured for brothels for the Japanese military during the war is underway at a Tokyo museum ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 1, 2015
Manga exhibit promotes human rights awareness
Gender identity disorder, sexual orientation discrimination, death row, depression and physical abuse: these are just a few of the hard-hitting subjects being dealt with at a manga exhibition for the promotion of human rights.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
May 19, 2015
Anti-Vietnam War 'Beheiren' activism remembered 50 years on
Half a century since Japanese peace activists set up a group that campaigned against the Vietnam War and helped deserters from the U.S. military escape to Europe, the group's legacy lives on.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 26, 2015
Asahara's No. 3 daughter writes on life during, after cult
Rika Matsumoto, the 31-year-old daughter of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara, who is on death row, realizes her father's notoriety has made it impossible for her to live a normal life.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 5, 2015
Death penalty activists aim to convince public with weeklong series of talks, movies in Tokyo
A Tokyo movie theater will screen movies this month about the death penalty and host guest speakers to stimulate debate about a practice that most developed nations have abolished.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 27, 2015
Mom's anti-nuclear stance inspires film
In the days of uncertainty immediately following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, documentary filmmaker Masako Sakata turned to a book written by her late mother, an anti-nuclear campaigner, to try to make sense of what was happening.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 6, 2014
Freed death row prisoner brings new life to group fighting capital punishment
A former death row inmate cleared of murder is giving new life to a fund that tries to help those facing execution secure a retrial.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 30, 2014
Former Tokai mayor says Japan is sleep-walking toward further nuclear disasters
The Fukushima nuclear disaster reflects a failure by the government to learn from Japan's first deadly nuclear accident 15 years ago in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, according to the village's former mayor.
JAPAN
Sep 15, 2014
Financial program for death-row inmates' artistic endeavors to continue
Organizers of a ¥10 million private fund introduced in 2005 to support death-row inmates have decided to maintain the fund beyond its original 10-year limit and will seek further contributions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 3, 2014
Noted Japanese war photographer goes on display
A collection of nearly 300 images captured by renowned photographer Akihiko Okamura are on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, chronicling a career that drew international attention following his critically acclaimed coverage of the Vietnam War over half a century ago.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 26, 2014
Famous panels depicting scenes after 1945 A-bombings to be exhibited in Washington
A famous series of large panels depicting the horrors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be exhibited in the United States next year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attacks.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 28, 2014
Original 'Barefoot Gen' manga on atomic bombings goes on display
A gallery in Saitama Prefecture is holding a special exhibition of original drawings from a famous manga to mark the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 23, 2014
Tokyo 'comfort women' exhibition targets youths
Following a series of remarks by influential people playing down Japan's wartime sex slavery, a Tokyo museum has launched a five-month exhibition aimed at young people to provide a basic picture of the atrocity.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 9, 2014
Lecture series keeps Minamata in spotlight
A Tokyo nonprofit organization is launching a major series of lectures on Minamata disease, following a first round in 2012, as part of continuing efforts to spread awareness of the tragedy.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 17, 2014
Book tells of Jews' escape via Japan
A former official of the semigovernmental Japan National Tourism Organization has published an English-language version of his research on Jews who escaped via Japan from wartime persecution by the Nazis.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 25, 2014
Group battles to preserve achievements of Article 9
As the government moves toward expanding the nation's security capacities, voices continue to be raised demanding that the country adhere to the ideals of its pacifist Constitution.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 29, 2014
Exhibition focuses on visually impaired
A unique exhibition is underway at a human rights educational facility in Tokyo focusing on how to guarantee the "right to read" of people with visual impairments.

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