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  • Caroline Pover’s T-shirt campaign to find Lindsay Hawker’s murder suspect

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on June 29th, 2007

    Hi Blog. This just came through. Good idea ( is doing a similar awareness-raising campaign with JAPANESE ONLY T-shirts.), so passing this along. Debito


    Subject: I’m launching a T-shirt campaign for Lindsay Ann Hawker’s family and am asking for your help
    Date: June 28, 2007 12:07:11 PM JST

    Dear Friends & Associates

    As you probably know, 22-year-old Lindsay Ann Hawker was teaching English in
    Japan when she was brutally murdered at the end of March this year. Tatsuya
    Ichihashi remains the Japanese police’s only suspect and has still not been

    In support of Lindsay’s family and the Japanese police in their hunt for
    this man, I am launching a T-shirt campaign. I hope that enough people – men
    and women, Japanese and foreign – will wear this T-shirt so that this man’s
    face is seen by as many people as possible in Japan, on a daily basis.

    I met with Lindsay’s family yesterday, who said: “The more people that wear
    the T-shirts, the more support that we will feel is being shown for us.
    Lindsay was a teacher, who loved her life in Japan. She would have been
    first in the queue to buy and wear such a T-shirt for another victim. She
    had a strong sense of justice, and would have done anything she could have
    to have helped others.”

    PLEASE play a part in assisting Lindsay’s family in keeping this man’s face
    right where people can see it. Buy a t-shirt and wear it at the gym,
    dropping the kids off at school, going shopping, on the train, and just
    walking around – wear it anywhere you will be seen by many people. If you
    don’t live in Japan, why not help by buying shirts for us to give to people
    who do?

    There are many things you can do to help: buy and wear a T-shirt, buy LOTS
    of T-shirts for us to give to people to wear, volunteer to help with the
    campaign, get your company involved, and pass on this email to all your
    foreign and Japanese friends living in Japan. If you are involved with any
    print media, we also have a print campaign you are welcome to use.

    On behalf of the Hawker family, thank you very much for your support.

    To order T-shirts go to

    To volunteer yourself, your company, or media coverage, please email

    Please forward this email to your foreign and Japanese friends living in

    Caroline Pover
    President & CEO
    Caroline Pover, Inc. & Weekender, Inc.
    Being A Broad
    Alexandra Press
    Weekender magazine
    Tel: 03-5549-2038
    Fax: 03-5549-2039
    Chuo Iikura Bldg 5F, 3-4-11 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan

    3 Responses to “Caroline Pover’s T-shirt campaign to find Lindsay Hawker’s murder suspect”

    1. Jasong Says:

      Readers may be interested to read about the announcement made today offering reward money for information leading to the arrest of Ichihashi.


    2. The latest news on the murder of NOVA teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker » Japan Probe Says:

      […] Update 19[June 30, 2007] A few new developments: -Lindsay’s sister has told the press that Ichihashi wanted to keep Lindsay’s body in his bathtub as a twisted shrine. -A t-shirt campaign has been launched to spread awareness about Ichihashi and urge his capture. […]

    3. Liberal Japan » Blog Archive » Lindsay Ann Hawker — how you can help. Says:

      […] Debito has posted at his blog how you can do so — Caroline Pover’s T-shirt campaign to find Lindsay Hawker’s murder suspect; there you can find out how to purchase T-shirts with the murder suspect’s face on them; hopefully, this will help people capture him. Please check this out. (TPR has mirrored the message here.) […]

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