Kazuo Hizumi holds his hands up before him, shoulder-width apart. He is demonstrating the size of the blade he kept under his pillow when sleeping at the bureau in his days as a rookie reporter in Osaka
in 1987. The journalism community was still reeling from a shooting attack on Asahi Shimbun
bureau the month before, which had left one writer injured and another, Tomohiro Kojiri
, killed. No one was prosecuted for that murder and the statute of limitations for initiating legal proceedings has passed.