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Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

More Sports / Boxing Apr 7, 2014

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed "the Monster" for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became the ...

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

National / Crime & Legal Mar 28, 2014

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

The Tokyo High Court on Friday rejected an appeal by Shizuoka prosecutors seeking to overturn a district court’s decision to release Iwao Hakamada, who until Thursday had been the world’s longest-serving death row prisoner. The Shizuoka District Court had also decided to suspend Hakamada’s death ...

National Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty: Let 'tragedy' be a lesson to Japan's courts

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prosecutors must swiftly accept Thursday's Shizuoka District Court decision to reopen a high-profile 1966 murder case and get to the truth behind the conviction of former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, the Japan branch of Amnesty International said after the ruling. After nearly five decades in ...

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

National / Crime & Legal Mar 27, 2014

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Hideko Hakamada, the 81-year-old sister of Iwao Hakamada, who was on death row more than three decades after he was convicted of murdering a family of four in Shizuoka Prefecture, expressed delight Thursday after learning he was being freed while his case is re-examined. She ...

National Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty International slams Japan's 'secrecy' on death penalty

Human rights group Amnesty International criticized Japan on Thursday for its continued used of the death penalty and the "secrecy" surrounding the execution process. At the launch of Amnesty's annual release of death penalty statistics, spokeswoman Chiara Sangiorgio said Japan must give proper notice to ...