The "Japanese Rubin Carter", as he has been referred to in some Western media, is expected to be retried for the murder of 4 people, more than 50 years ago. That's despite incredibly flimsy evidence which actually forced Mr Hakamada to spend much of his life behind bars, before being released on a few years ago.
Mr Hakamada, who holds the world record for longest time spent on death row, has long had the support of Japanese boxing, who helped him get his original conviction quashed, and they continue to push for him to be totally exonerated of all crimes. That was seen in the video they JPBA released, which features a number of notable faces from the world of Japanese boxing.
Whilst we understand fight fans around the world not being fully aware of the story of Hakamada it is regarded as being a giant human rights violation, and has seen Amnesty International run a massive campaign to get Hakamada his freedom. And they have done a number of really good pieces on the whole story, which are well worth a read for those wanting to understand why Hakamada's story is such a big one for boxing, and for justing.
For those interesting the recent video we have featured it below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp, video courtesy of the JPBA)