Campaign for Realizing the Retrial of the Fukuoka Incident


" I've wanted to scream so piercingly loud I'd crack the frigid full moon."

A picture of Buddha drawn
by Mr. Nishi in Prison

This is a cry from Mr. Nishi's spirit, who was executed in Japan on June 17th, 1975, in spite of appealing for his innocence as a falsely accused man. It was such a cruel execution after his 28 years of imprisonment. He had been arrested as the ringleader in a case of robbery and murder which became known as the Fukuoka Incident. This exclamation, however, was not only his own but also Rev. Furukawa's, whose life was devoted to the campaign to help release the innocent prisoners. And then their cries have become ours and they have now been succeeded by the campaign with Sr. Helen Prejean.

Still Under Construction...

" I hope you will join me in supporting this campaign that the Furukawa family continues to conduct in the spirit of their father. "
Sister Helen Prejean, the author of the book " Dead Man Walking "



" On behalf of our more than 10,000 members worldwide, Death Penalty Focus ( DPF ) actively supports the Furukawa family in their attempt to initiate a retrial for a wrongfully executed prisoner, Mr. Nishi. We firmly hope that proving his innocence with this retrial will help them reach the goal of abolishing the death penalty in Japan. "
Lance G. Lindsey, Executive Director, Death Penalty Focus