JIADEP Note: Fumiaki Hoshino is a political prisoner who has been wrongfully locked away for thirty years. Originally sentenced to 20 years for the death of a riot policeman in 1971, the Tokyo High Court stiffened his sentence to life imprisonment. Most sentences of life imprisonment in Japan are about 25 years. The defendant must write an apology in order to be released. Hoshino strongly denies the crime, and so the government will not approve parole. Hoshino is believed to be an ex-member of a Marxist group and the case is entirely political.


Wife's Lonely Vigil for Imprisoned Husband
By David McNeill
Free Hoshino from 35 years' imprisonment

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