A few days ago the latest issue of Shigemi Mori's excellent Split Decision manga was released, with both the 5th issue in Japanese and the 4th issue in English being made available for free online.
The 6 issue, 48 page, manga has been released to increase the profile of the Hakamada incident. That's a dark point in Japanese history where former fighter Iwao Hakamada was found guilty of multiple murders, and placed on death row, with evidence that was flimsy and a forced confession. The manga's purpose is to try and increase the profile among youngsters and international audiences and Mori has done an excellent job in making each other really great to read.
If you've been following the manga, which is released on the 15th of every month until the 6 issues are released, we suggest you continue to the end, with issue 4 being a really interesting one entitled "Rematch".
If you haven't been following the manga this is a great time to catch up on with just a couple more issues being released in English.
All the issues released so far can be found on the JPBF website, with a direct link here
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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