Iwao Hakamada

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Japanese former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, who was sentenced to death for the murder of four members of a family in 1966. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Iwao Hakamada (82) spends a lot of time in the neat apartment he shares with his sister gazing out the window. After 48 years in jail, most of it in s(...)

A television on display at an electronics store in Tokyo shows footage of Iwao Hakamada, who has spent over 45 years in solitary confinement on death row, being released from prison. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

David McNeill, in Tokyo Every day of his life for over 45 years, Iwao Hakamada woke up wondering if he was going to be frogmarched to the(...)

Death row inmate Iwao Hakamada (L), flanked by his sister Hideko, was released from Tokyo Detention House today after serving over 30 years. Photograph:  Kyodo/Reuters

A Japanese court today ordered the release and a retrial of an ageing prisoner accused of murder who served on death row for over 30 years, am(...)