Shiho Fukada

Fukuoka, Japan

Sakae Menda, 87, who spent 31 years on death row (34 years in prison) for double homicide he didn't commit sits at home in Fukuoka. He is one of only 6 death row inmates in Japan since World War II who have had their case reviewed in a retrial.

Iwao Hakamada (b. 1936) was arrested in August 1966 at the age of 30 for the murder of a company president, Fujio Hashimoto, his wife and their two children. He was sentenced to death in 1968 and spent 45 of the following 48 years on death row, with a total of 44 years in solitary confinement. This makes him the longest serving death row inmate. Over the decades it has emerged that prosecutors may have changed some of the evidence materials and in 2007 one of the three judges who convicted Hakamada came out in his support, saying that he believed in his innocence and was unable to convince the two other judges at the time. Hakamada's sister Hideko has campaigned for her brother's release for over 40 years and on 27 March 2014 Iwao Hakamada was released from prison, pending a retrial which is expected to acquit him.

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Shiho Fukada
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Fukuoka
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Japan
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