Japan releases world’s longest serving death row inmate because evidence that put him behind bars for 45 YEARS was probably made up Iwao Hakamada, 78, was convicted of the murder of a family in 1966He has spent the last 45 years behind bars on death row, a Guinness World Record - including 30 years in solitary confinement waiting to dieHe was sentenced to death in 1968, but was not executed because of a lengthy appeals processA Japanese court has now ordered for his release and retrial, although the prosecution has four days to decide whether it will appeal the decisionBy William Turvill Published: 06:35 GMT, 27 March 2014 | Updated: 14:11 GMT, 27 March 2014 e-mail A Japanese court has ordered the release of the world’s longest serving death row inmate because the evidence used against him was likely made up.Iwao Hakamada, 78, a former professional boxer convicted of the 1966 murder of a family, has spent the last 45 years behind bars on death row, a … [Read more...] about Japan releases world’s longest serving death row inmate because evidence that put him behind bars for 45 YEARS was probably made up
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As the world frets over the three-day delay before US Congress meets again to debate a bail-out plan for Wall Street, it is worth remembering that it took Japan's government several years to rescue its stricken financial institutions. Though there are significant differences between the two, Japan's real estate and stock market meltdown of the 1990s offers lessons in how — and how not – to manage the kind of crisis now enveloping US banks. After a week in which flush Japanese banks snapped up foundering Wall Street assets, it is easy to forget just how hard they fell after the real estate bubble burst almost two decades ago. When the asset-inflated bubble burst, over-generous Japanese lenders were left with masses of bad loans. From its 1989 peak of 38,916, the Nikkei stock average fell 63% during the 1990s; land prices slumped — a far cry from the days when the grounds of the imperial palace in Tokyo were rumoured to be worth more than all the real estate in … [Read more...] about Japan’s lost decade
Once again, Pope Francis is traveling to countries where Catholics make up a small percentage of the population. At a time when isolationism is spreading and dialogue has become rare, the pope has made it his mission to use such trips to foster understanding between faiths. The pontiff said he sought "to strengthen the bonds of friendship that we share with many Buddhist brothers and sisters." He added: "They bear eloquent witness to the values of tolerance and harmony." Read more: Pope says Vatican's archives will no longer be 'secret' Perry Schmidt-Leukel, a professor of religious studies and intercultural theology at the University of Münster, told DW that the relationship between Christianity and Buddhism had been "greatly influenced by colonialism." Schmidt-Leukel said one example was Japan's ban on Christianity during Sakoku, the empire's era of strict isolationism from the early 17th century to the middle of the 19th century. Read more: Pope demands big tech do … [Read more...] about Pope Francis reaches out to Catholics in Thailand and Japan
She's known for her exceptional good looks. And on Thursday, model Hilary Rhoda put them on display as she posed in Times Square during a photo shoot. The 31-year-old was all smiles in a black dress adorned with red flowers that hit just below her knee. Showstopping: Model Hilary Rhoda put her exceptional good looks on display during a photo shoot in Times Square on Thursday Modern twist: Hilary recreated the iconic Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph of a sailor kissing a woman in a white dress to celebrate America's victory over Japan in 1945 The fashion star paired the stunning number with cheetah print stilettos that highlighted her long frame. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Malin Akerman and Hilary Rhoda hang out together at the... So in love! Rachel Zoe plants a kiss on husband Rodger... Share this article Share Showing off her breathtaking beauty, the Estee Lauder model flaunted bright red lips and kept her brown tresses glamorously … [Read more...] about Hilary Rhoda recreates iconic V-J Day sailor kiss photo in Times Square for fashion shoot
Sir Mark Rylance has suggested that the Japanese should not be viewed as the “cruel” side in the Second World War because the Allies committed their own atrocities. The Oscar-winning star of Wolf Hall and Dunkirk has delved into history for a television documentary about his grandfather, Osmond Skinner, who was a prisoner-of-war after being captured in Hong Kong. Skinner survived the Christmas Day massacre at St Stephen’s College in 1941, when Japanese soldiers stormed a temporary hospital, shooting or bayoneting doctors, nurses, and the wounded who lay helpless in their beds. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner before returning to his career as a banker, bearing scars from a bullet wound. He died in 1980, having never forgiven the Japanese. But Rylance, a supporter of the Stop the War coalition, believes there is no “right and wrong behaviour in war”. For the Channel 4 programme, My Grandparents’ War, he sought out a Japanese historian. … [Read more...] about Mark Rylance: why did we demand that Japan apologise for Second World War cruelty?