Earlier today in Japan a press conference was held to announce a new Manga, titled "Split Decision - Iwao Hakamada innocent of the original professional boxer", which is about Iwao Hakamada and the long battle he has had against the Japanese legal system.
For those unaware Hakamada was a former fighter, who ran up a 16-11-2 (1) record between 1959 and 1961. He was arrested in 1966 for the murder of 4 people, and later found guilty of their murder. This resulted in him being sentenced to death, though the Minister of Justice refused to sign the death warrant and Hakamada would be held in solitary confinement for close to 50 years.
He was released in 2014, whilst in his 70's, pending a retrial, which is expected to come at some point in the future.
The artist of the manga was at today's press conference along with Hakamada's sister, and they revealed that the plan is for the manga to be released in 6 parts starting on February 15th, tracking the case from 1966 too present day. The hope is that it will increase the interest in the case from youngsters in Japan. They also intend to release it internationally, in various languages, to increase the international attention in Hakamada's situation and the pressure on the prosecution to drop the case.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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