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Keiji Hirano
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 13, 2014
Ex-mayor of nation's nuclear birthplace comes out swinging against atomic power
The former mayor of a village that had a pioneering role in the nation's nuclear development expresses his opposition to the country continuing to look to nuclear power as an energy source.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 10, 2014
Man who documented Minamata outbreak wins Domon Ken Award
In one picture, taken in August 1960, a 26-year-old woman stands alone on train station platform. She is leaving her son, born with Minamata disease, following divorce to start her life again.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 13, 2014
Journalist shines light on suffering
An up-and-coming photographer who won plaudits for her work documenting the suffering and survival of socially marginalized people around the world has drawn together eight years of travel and experiences into a new book.
JAPAN
Mar 13, 2014
Discuss death penalty more, U.K. envoy urges
British Ambassador Tim Hitchens has expressed concern about Japan's continued use of the death penalty and encouraged the Japanese public, including lawmakers, to promote debate on capital punishment.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 26, 2014
Keeping voices of Fukushima alive
A special exhibition at a gallery in a suburb outside of Tokyo is focusing on the suffering of people at the hands of man-made disasters.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 30, 2014
Regaining voice through performance
How would you react if you were diagnosed as HIV-positive? Keep quiet, pretend nothing happened and write off your past? Endure the agony by yourself?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 23, 2013
School cook documents plight of nuclear refugees on film
Working as an elementary school cook by day, Satomi Horikiri transforms herself into a film director by night and on weekends, swapping her kitchen knife for a video camera.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Nov 27, 2013
Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy
A Tokyo museum has published a book about wartime sex slaves aimed at enhancing public awareness following a series of remarks by politicians demonstrating their ignorance over the "comfort women" issue.
JAPAN
Nov 20, 2013
Group makes no secret of opposition to bill
In the face of moves to amend the postwar Constitution, about 500 people gathered in Tokyo on Saturday to promote the importance of maintaining its pacifistic ideals.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 12, 2013
Photo show spans Minamata woes
Some 60 pictures by a freelance photographer currently on display at a gallery in central Tokyo show glimpses of the half-century history of Minamata disease victims.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 6, 2013
Film follows man's struggle to seek acquittal in 'Sayama Case'
When a man who had spent three decades in jail for a murder he denies committing declared in an interview that he had "no regrets" about his life, film director Kim Song Woong was stunned — and inspired.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 16, 2013
Lawyer reports efforts to reopen case to clear hanged inmate's name
A lawyer involved in a capital case warned Tuesday an innocent man may have been executed over a 1992 murder, based on insufficient evidence, including a less-accurate DNA test.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Oct 16, 2013
Death of inmate's adoptive son ends 'Teigin' retrial bid
The curtain has effectively come down on the most mysterious mass-murder case in postwar Japan, with numerous questions left unanswered.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 4, 2013
EU hopes exhibit on hanged killer spurs debate
The EU delegation to Japan will exhibit documents relating to executed murderer and author Norio Nagayama to stimulate discussion on the death penalty.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 4, 2013
Exhibit recalls Meiji environmental disaster and activist Diet member
Paintings on display in a Saitama gallery are renewing memories of a mineral poisoning case in the Meiji Era and the politician who tackled Japan's first known major environmental disaster.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Aug 14, 2013
Memories of war's victims, victimizers
A freelance photojournalist has recorded the individual histories of 70 survivors of the war at home and abroad to show how they acted during wartime and how their experiences affected the rest of their lives.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Aug 2, 2013
Exhibit highlights Taiwan sex slaves
A Tokyo museum focusing on wartime sex slavery is holding an exhibition on how Taiwanese women exploited by the Japanese military have struggled to recover from their ordeals.
JAPAN
Jul 19, 2013
Union journals shed light on Minamata disease
Journals detailing the activities of the now-disbanded labor union of Chisso Corp., responsible for the outbreak of the mercury-poisoning disease in Kyushu in the 1950s, have been reprinted to throw fresh light on how its members struggled to support victims of the pollution and confronted their employer...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media
Jun 26, 2013
Fight to get Tepco, state to come clean lives on
Freelance journalist Ryuichi Kino started attending press briefings at Tokyo Electric Power Co. shortly after the nuclear crisis erupted at its Fukushima No. 1 complex in March 2011, knowing that it was an event of world significance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 11, 2013
Editor's diary from '60s still resonates with today's media
Written half a century ago, a book delving into journalistic issues from the perspective of a news agency editor is continuing to provide precious lessons to contemporary readers about the challenges of the news media.

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