Hakamada has first appearance as reprieve pends

National Apr 14, 2014

Hakamada has first appearance as reprieve pends

by Tomohiro Osaki

Apparently perplexed but yet thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, appeared for the first time in public Monday since being hospitalized after his release. Supporters cheered Hakamada at an event in Tokyo to raise his spirits ...

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Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

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Worries about deflation

In its economic assessment for November, the government announced that the Japanese economy is in a state of mild deflation — the first time since June 2006 that the monthly report has referred to deflation. The very mention of it indicates the government's sense ...