Princess Aiko’s Yearbook Essay: “Praying for Peace in the World”

On March 22, the Imperial Household Agency announced that Toshinomiya Aiko-sama, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, had written an essay for Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School memorial yearbook on the occasion of her graduation. Princess Aiko’s essay, titled “Praying for Peace in the World,” is reprinted below in full:   […]

Opinion: New Law is the First Step Toward Tackling a Terror Attack Against 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The international community has a variety of legal means at its disposal—such as the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime—for eradicating terrorist organizations. It is clear that the anti-terror bill is necessary if Japan is going to play a role as a member of the international community.   There are some who are drawing […]

Getting Shut Out from a Chinese Press Conference Is No Accident

On March 15, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry to a press conference convened by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after the close of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. At a press conference held on March 16, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained, “Several thousand reporters from China and abroad participated in journalistic […]

Editorial: China’s Suppression of Press Freedom Fits a Troubling Pattern

At a 2014 summit meeting with then-president Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping said “China, recognizing the people’s legitimate rights of freedom of expression and other freedoms, protects the interests of journalistic institutions in accordance with the law.” Did he really mean what he said?   Last week, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry […]

China’s Attack on a Sankei Reporter Is a Threat to the Freedom of All Journalists

“Are you annoyed [that you were kept out of the press conference]?” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying asked. She then paused before adding, “If so, then work harder so that you are allowed to attend next year.” A Sankei Shimbun reporter was kept out of the press conference held with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang […]