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Keiji Hirano
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 29, 2013
Mementos displayed of hanged killer with troubled youth
A woman has set up a small gallery in her Tokyo home to exhibit mementos of an executed killer and a replica of his prison cell in the hope that it will encourage visitors to consider how similar crimes might be prevented.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 4, 2013
Minamata exhibition honors doctor
Masazumi Harada was not only a doctor but also a humble individual, who offered sacrificial support to sufferers of Minamata mercury-poisoning disease and learned from them.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 3, 2013
Lawyer, freed convict fight outcast bias, injustice
For activist lawyer Taketoshi Nakayama, a crusading legal career was almost predestined, having grown up as the son of a human-rights campaigner in a household keenly aware of the injustices faced by marginalized members of Japanese society.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 3, 2013
Lawyer, freed convict fight outcast bias, injustice
For activist lawyer Taketoshi Nakayama, a crusading legal career was almost predestined, having grown up as the son of a human-rights campaigner in a household keenly aware of the injustices faced by marginalized members of Japanese society.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 15, 2013
Journalist's legacy: shedding light on societal injustices
His obituary was not carried by major media, but Nobuyuki Ogasawara left a distinctive mark on Japanese journalism.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 13, 2013
Filmmaker focuses on lives near nuke sites
A documentary that recently began screening chronicles the experiences of Japanese communities hosting nuclear facilities and the high price paid by some of them because of the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown disaster, including farmers and fishermen unable to market their produce because of radioactive...
JAPAN
Jan 29, 2013
Tokyo theater to screen films for 'Death Penalty Week'
Nine films from Japan and abroad that explore the theme of capital punishment will be screened consecutively at a theater in Tokyo's Shibuya district over a one-week period starting Saturday, accompanied by a series of talks.
JAPAN
Nov 15, 2012
Lectures put industrial tragedy in perspective
A series of lectures hosted by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is showing from many perspectives how Japan has tackled issues arising from the Minamata mercury-poisoning disease.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 1, 2012
Ex-judge's book traces faults of justice system
A former judge is seeking to raise public awareness of how miscarriages of justice can occur, having reversed more than 20 guilty verdicts during eight years as a presiding judge at the Tokyo High Court.
JAPAN
Aug 18, 2012
Handing down Minamata lessons continues
Efforts to hand down lessons from the Minamata disease tragedy continue, even as the government tries to effectively draw the curtain on issues concerning the corporate-caused mercury poisonings.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 10, 2012
Executed killer's mistakes, benevolence help poverty-stricken Peruvian kids
Yutaka Yoshii was too involved in the 1960s student demonstrations in Tokyo to pay much attention to the arrest of a 19-year-old youth in 1969 over four fatal shootings.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2012
Exhibition portrays Okinawa's wartime sex slaves
A Tokyo museum is presenting a detailed view of wartime sex slavery in Okinawa through pictures, testimonies of residents and other documentary evidence, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan from U.S. control.
JAPAN
Jun 15, 2012
Book gives voice to inmates on death row
Some say they will squarely accept their fate, but others argue they shouldn't be executed because they did not get a fair trial. Some have deeply apologized for murders they committed, while others have expressed gratitude to family and supporters for their support.
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2012
25 years after Teigin convict's death, exoneration efforts continue
When a man convicted of a 1948 mass murder died of natural causes on death row 25 years ago, most people believed that meant unresolved questions about the "Teigin Incident" would never be answered.
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2012
25 years after Teigin convict's death, exoneration efforts continue
When a man convicted of a 1948 mass murder died of natural causes on death row 25 years ago, most people believed that meant unresolved questions about the "Teigin Incident" would never be answered.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 31, 2012
Tokai mayor at front of antinuclear drive
Since 1957, when the nation's first research reactor achieved criticality in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, the village has promoted itself as a "pioneer" of Japan's nuclear development. But the mood has shifted, and the mayor now a chief advocate of abandoning atomic power.
JAPAN
May 7, 2012
Citizens' gathering focuses on Minamata, Fukushima similarities
A Minamata disease sufferer suggested at a citizens' gathering Sunday that the government has learned little from the mercury-poisoning disease and repeated bungles in tackling the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
JAPAN
Apr 24, 2012
Hiraoka rues resumption of executions
Former Justice Minister Hideo Hiraoka said it is regrettable that Japan resumed executing death-row inmates in March without holding sufficient debate following a 20-month hiatus.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 20, 2012
Lawyer crusades for more disclosure
Kazuo Hizumi was almost unique among reporters who flocked to Tepco news conferences to cover the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
JAPAN
Mar 25, 2012
Lay judge death sentences must be unanimous: JFBA
Following a series of wrongful imprisonment cases, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations recently proposed that death sentences be handed down unanimously in lay judge trials, presided over by three professional judges and six citizens.

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