The Nightmare may Become Real: an Anti-Japan, Pro-China Dictatorship in Control of the Entire Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye has been arrested on Friday and is expected to be charged with corruption within the next 20 days. She may face a prison sentence of between 10 years and life imprisonment. But what next? Will a left-wing president replace the impeached Park Geun-hye? Tokyo Christian University Professor Tsutomu Nishioka has analyzed […]

Japan’s Job Hunting System Poses Challenges to In-Demand Foreign Students

Due to a shortage of workers at home and the need to secure personnel for expansion projects overseas, Japanese corporations are entering into increasingly fierce competition as they recruit outstanding foreign exchange students who have studied at universities in Japan. Looking for new ways to take part in Asian economic growth, corporations scrambling to globalize […]

The U.N. Sanctions Game With North Korea: Time to Play the Oil Cutoff Card

With his multiple nuclear and missile tests, Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a nuclear warhead that could strike the United States.  The program also is strengthening the existing capability to attack Japan and South Korea with nuclear warheads produced since at least 2012 for the […]

The Senkakus are China’s Stepping Stone to Pacific Invasion

Photo : Japan Coast Guard’s vessel crashes with a Chinese vessel at Senkaku. Provided by Hitoshi Nakama, Ishigaki city council member   Many foreign journalists often visit Ishigaki City in Okinawa Prefecture hoping to cover the increasingly tense situation on the Senkaku Islands, Japanese islands which lie near China’s territorial waters. The Senkakus are an […]

A Thousand Gates to Better Luck: ‘The Senbon Torii’ in Tokyo’s Nezu Shrine

‘The Senbon Torii’ in Nezu shrine – Local Topics Japan is a website dedicated to introducing to foreign audiences the places, parks, shrines and venues in Japan where visitors can recharge on positive energy. Believe it or not, the people of Japan have coined a phrase for positive-energy hotspots: “Power Spots”. Those who want to […]

The Forgotten War of the Whales

 Photo : Sea Shepherd Media Archives   Another Antarctic whaling season will soon end, but most in Japan remain unaware of the fierce fight between the conservation ships operated by Sea Shepherd Australia, and Japanese whaling vessels in the icy waters of the southern oceans. For Australians, this issue is epitomized by a shocking photo taken […]

The Spring Sumo Tournament Concludes with an Epic Finish

This year’s spring sumo tournament—the national sport of Japan—was held in Osaka and concluded on March 26, where Kisenosato pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind victory which was greeted enthusiastically by Japanese sumo fans.   Kisenosato was suffering from what appeared to be an excruciatingly painful injury, and it was expected that he would withdraw from […]

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:   […]