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

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. "The death penalty hurts human dignity. It cannot be proved to have deterrent power against serious crimes ...

Keeping voices of Fukushima alive

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. Marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels is displaying some 30 ...

Regaining voice through performance

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? A new documentary titled "Talk Back Out Loud" produced by an independent Japanese filmmaker asks viewers these questions, showing how ...

School cook documents plight of nuclear refugees on film

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. Her focus is on those who evacuated one of the two small towns hosting the old ...

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

/ 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. The book is based on a 2007 exhibition at the Women's Active Museum largely ...

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. At the outset of the gathering, sponsored by the pro-constitutional Article 9 Association, Yasuhiro Okudaira, a professor emeritus ...

Photo show spans Minamata woes

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. Since his first visit to Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, in 1960 as a rookie photographer just out of college, Shisei ...

/ | 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. Takehiko Hirasawa, 54, who sought a posthumous retrial for his adoptive father, Sadamichi Hirasawa, was recently found dead in a home in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. Sadamichi ...