"Split Decision" the manga that's been designed to increase the attention of Iwao Hakamada's plight and legal battle had 2 different reasons to be in the news today.
Firstly episode 1 "Confession" is now available to read in English, a full month after the Japanese version was released. The 8 page release is available for free online, like it's Japanese counter part, and whilst some of the language is a little spicy it is really worth a read.
Secondly episode 2 is now available in Japanese. This one is titled "2 to 1 death sentence" and is expected to be made into an English language version next month.
If you're interested in giving them a read but the first episode, in Japanese and English, and the Japanese version of episode 2 are now available here:
(Image drawn by artist Shigemi Mori, who illustrated the manga)
Back in January there was an event to announce the manga "Split Decision - Iwao Hakamada innocent of the original professional boxer", which is about former boxer Iwao Hakamada. The first issue, which is over 8 pages, was made available earlier today, for free, over the JPBA Website.
The hope is that it will reignite conversation of the "Hakamada Incident", especially with the younger generation and help put public pressure on the Japanese legal system, which still wants to pursue Hakamada in a retrial.
For now the manga is only available in Japanese, though the original event did suggest that a future English translation would be made available. For those incredibly interest in translating it now, we suggest using google translate on a mobile phone, it's clunky but it works, or wait for the international version to be made available.
For fans who can read Japanese we've included the link to issue 1 below, with the plan being to release one issue a month, on the 15th of every month for the next 6 moths. We suspect that the English version will be made available after the full manga has been made available in Japanese.
Issue 1 link (In Japanese)
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