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For Keiji Hirano's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Asia Press, freelance journalists' group, marks 30th birthday

Jul 23, 2017

Asia Press, freelance journalists' group, marks 30th birthday

Marking the 30th anniversary of its founding, a group of freelance journalists shared its news gathering experiences at a symposium in Tokyo on Saturday. "We have followed what mainstream media do not report," said Akihiro Nonaka, founder of Asia Press International. "We have sought to ...

Guidebook covers 'comfort women' museums across Asia

Jun 6, 2017

Guidebook covers 'comfort women' museums across Asia

A Tokyo-based museum that focuses on issues involving wartime sexual violence against females has compiled a guidebook on its counterparts around Asia in an effort to have more of the victims heard. Among the facilities covered is the Chinese Comfort Women History Museum, located at ...

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. A toy, a shoe and a spoon — ...

EU calls on Japan to abolish the death penalty

/ 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. "As friends, we have an obligation to speak up. Application ...