just a (non-design and happiness but japan-related) note:
i am signed up to receive newsletters and notifications from amnesty international. to my understanding and experience, japan does not often receive the spotlight turned on them for human rights transgressions or abuse, which is a very good thing of course.
but this article on Hakamada Iwao caught my eye.
if you are interested in human rights or putting your voice to the call against death penalty in the world, please have a look.