Friday, 5th September 2008
In General Japan News,
Death row inmate's artwork goes on display
An inmate on death row has had his artwork exhibited at a Tokyo gallery.
Sadamichi Hirasawa was arrested in August 1948 and spent almost 40 years behind bars for being involved in the notorious postwar mass poisoning case known as the Teigin Incident.
He died in prison of natural causes in 1987 at the age of 95.
The first half of the exhibition will feature 35 paintings by the Mr Hirasawa completed before his arrest, while the latter half consists of artworks created during his incarceration.
His adopted son Takehiko Hirasawa is seeking a retrial to prove his father's innocence.
He commented: "I hope this exhibition will lead to restoring the name of my father as a painter."
The Teigin Incident involved the poisoning of several members of staff at a Tokyo bank with potassium cyanide and the theft of 160,000 yen (£754), according to Socyberty.com.
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