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Ex-sex slaves protest gov't decision to provide Japanese cash to victims

Korea, 2016

South Korean victims who were sexually enslaved by Japanese troops during its colonial occupation period (1910-45) protested against the government's decision to give them money that will be provided by Japan.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the government will provide 100 million won ($90,000) to surviving victims who were forced to serve in military brothels and 20 million won to family members of victims who have already died.

The money will be offered once Tokyo transfers the 1 billion yen (US$9.96 million) it has committed to provide in the landmark deal to settle the long-running diplomatic feud in December.

Following the announcement, two victims -- Kim Bok-dong and Kil Won-ok -- held a press conference at a shelter of the victims, in western Seoul, to protest the decision.

"People who ask, 'Why don't you just accept the money?' are those who do not know the pain (suffered by the victims)," Kim told reporters.

She said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should come forward and apologize to the victims, euphemistically called comfort women, and take a lead in restoring their honor.

The comfort women issue is one of the most long-running disputes between the two neighbors. In reaching the Dec. 28 deal, both sides wanted to put an end to the matter once and for all.

Discontent, however, remains over what critics see as a hastily arranged agreement that lacked a sufficient process to gather opinions from victims. Suspicion is also lingering over Japan's sincerity in its apology.

Historians estimate that up to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, were forced to work in front-line brothels for Japanese troops during World War II. The 40 surviving South Korean victims are mostly in their late 80s. (Yonhap)


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Uganda government moves to own Bill on death penalty

Kenya, 2016

Committee

Uganda's Executive is making a belated move to take charge of the private member’s Bill that seeks to amend four laws with reference to the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment for the most serious crimes.

While appearing before the Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Committee on April 14, Attorney-General Fred Ruhindi proposed that the Bill moved by Serere District Woman MP Alice Alaso be merged with the government’s proposals prepared by the Uganda Law Reform Commission.

“Our Constitution talks about death penalty. People said death penalty should be retained. These are serious matters which need a careful review and analysis. Uganda Law Reform is doing something on this Bill and I was advising members of parliament… I think they agreed with me that I look at the proposal which they made,” said Mr Ruhindi.

Some legislators argue that the Executive’s move is likely to cause variations like the introduction of parole, which the Bill in its current form does not share.

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“We are after conforming with the principles of the judgment of the Supreme Court, so we want all provisions in our law books that prescribe death penalty changed,” said MP Hamson Obua.

The Law Revision (Penalties in Criminal Matters) Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2015, moved by Ms Alaso in November last year proposes life imprisonment for crimes like murder, rape, aggravated robbery, aggravated defilement and terrorism.

If passed in its current state, the Bill will amend and repeal the provisions in the Anti-Terrorism Act 2002, The Penal Code Act chapter 120 of the laws of Uganda, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Act, 2005 and the Trial on Indictment Act chapter 23. All these laws provide for mandatory death penalties for convicted persons.

The Alaso Bill proposes life imprisonment without parole, and states that there are 28 offences on the statute books for which the death penalty is prescribed, but these do not meet internationally accepted serious crimes criteria.

The Bill intends to give effect to government’s commitments to the UN following first Universal Periodic Review of Uganda’s human rights record, to consistently apply the rulings of the Supreme Court by converting all death sentences into life imprisonment where the convicts are not executed within three years.

The proponents of the Bill argue that the right to life is fundamental of all human rights and guaranteed by the Constitution, which also recognises that life may be limited in order to execute a sentence passed in a fair trial by a competent court.

“A death sentence restrains the court from evaluating the nature and circumstances of the offence and the individual characteristics of the offender,” reads the Bill.

In 2009, Uganda’s Supreme Court rendered a pivotal decision in a case filed by over 417 persons on death row led by a murder convict Susan Kigula, who was awaiting execution. The Court found that the death penalty was unconstitutional.

The implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision meant that all death row convicts who had not been executed after three years following confirmation of sentence by the Supreme Court had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

In addition, convicts were given the opportunity to mitigate the sentences before a High Court Judge. African Prisons Project and the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision, moved in to train inmates on how to mitigate their sentences.

However, since the Court’s judgement, government has not made any effort to revise the laws to remove the inconsistencies.


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Japan, 2014

herbal medicines

Like the Japanese language, herbal medicines originating in China have been adapted into something peculiarly Japanese.

Chinese herbal remedies, known as “kampo” in Japan, have been adopted and adapted by Japanese pharmaceutical companies, which use herbal materials and prescription methods imported from China.

In a bid to differentiate themselves from Chinese dispensers, who prescribe the remedies in line with tradition and based on experience, Japanese pharmaceutical firms claim their kampo medicines have been developed and produced on the basis of scientific data.

Tsumura & Co., Japan’s largest kampo medicine manufacturer, has established a joint venture with Chinese partners to construct a plant in China, preparing to enter the market there with its version of Chinese-style medicines.

The joint venture, Shanghai Tsumura Pharmaceuticals Co., established in July 2001, is building the 3.7 billion yen plant in Shanghai.

“Our Chinese plant will open in the fall of 2004,” said Haruyoshi Kodaira, a Tsumura public relations director. “It will be one of Tsumura’s largest plants.”

Tsumura said the plant will have around the same annual output capability as one of its plants in Ibaraki or Shizuoka prefectures. The Ibaraki plant churns out 600 tons of powdered extract — materials for kampo medicines — each year.

Tsumura imports about 80 percent of its kampo materials from China, including those cultivated by the company. The Chinese plant will help Tsumura decrease production and distribution costs in Japan.

“The plant in China will primarily produce kampo medicines for the Japanese market, but we are also considering entering the Chinese market with products made at the plant,” Kodaira said.

Kodaira said the firm is also considering entering the U.S. market.

Tsumura has been trying to expand the kampo medicine market in Japan. The company holds 77 percent of the nation’s 90.2 billion yen kampo medicine market targeting hospitals.

Kampo remedies account for just 1.3 percent of the nation’s medicine market, Kodaira said. Many doctors are unfamiliar with the applications of herbal remedies, he added.

Tsumura holds seminars for doctors and medical school students to educate them in uses of kampo.

After examining the color of a patient’s face or tongue, doctors could make a diagnosis and prescribe kampo medicine, Kodaira said.

“More and more universities with medical departments have come to re-evaluate the effects of kampo medicines,” he said.

A total of 71 universities nationwide held programs for Kampo medicines in March 2003, up from 47 in 1998, Kodaira said. In 2004, 80 universities are expected to hold kampo medicine courses.

Tsumura is also trying to develop easier ways for doctors to use kampo medicines.

Tsumura and Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Toyama Prefecture have been jointly conducting research since October 2001, examining patients who took kampo remedies to facilitate blood circulation.

The patients have a protein in their blood that has never been seen in the blood of healthy people, according to the research team. Doctors could use this knowledge to prescribe kampo medicines after checking the level of this protein in a patient’s blood.

“The market volume of kampo medicine in Japan can expand further,” Kodaira said. “We will continue activities for the promotion of kampo medicines.”


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