Sakae Menda (right) speaks with JDPIC director Michael Fox at a symposium for the Wakayama Curry Case.
Menda was Japan's first death penalty exoneree. Imprisoned in 1949, he was released in 1983.
During his many years behind bars, he saw many prisoners carted off to execution.
"And some of them," he strongly asserts, "were innocent."

Some interesting articles about his life include.

Dead Men Walking: Japan’s Death Penalty
David McNeill & C.M. Mason
Originally published by Japan Focus

A Japanese man released from death row
speaks against death penalty at U.N.

October 17, 2007