Eshi100: Sankei Exhibits Works of Manga and Animé Illustrators until May 7

“Yuguredoki” (Twilight Time) by KEI   An exhibition of works by more than 100 manga and animé illustrators—called Eshi by fans—will run from April 29 to May 7 at the Akiba Square in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.   Called “Eshi100 07,” the exhibit sponsored by Sankei Shimbun, features works of both veterans and newcomers, each with a […]

Reconstruction Chief Imamura Resigns; Tohoku Gaffe “absolutely inexcusable,” says PM Abe

Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the morning of Wednesday, April 26, one day after causing an uproar with his statement about the 2011 East Japan earthquake.   “Good thing that the [2011 earthquake-tsunami] disaster hit the Tohoku region,” Imamura had said. “If it had happened closer to […]

Editorial: Stay Vigilant, as Russia Welcomes North Korean Ship Banned by Japan

Russia is increasing its economic cooperation with North Korea. It turns out that the North Korean combined passenger and cargo ship Mangyongbong-92, which was barred from Japanese waters, will begin regular trips to Russia in May.   The ship is planned to make 6 trips a month between Vladivostok, Russia’s easternmost city, and Rason in […]

Constitution Needs Review Amid North Korean Threat, But Diet is Busy with Other Things

Since the inauguration of the government’s second administration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met five times with a certain civilian to exchange opinions on international affairs, dining together at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence and so forth. The civilian in question is Edward N. Luttwak, senior associate at the major think tank, Center for Strategic […]

“We can’t allow China’s expansionism to go on” —Diet Representative Harada

China has been aggressively pursuing territorial expansion in the South China Sea, building military bases and repeatedly entering Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa). It does so in complete disregard of a June 2008 agreement with Japan for the joint development of gas fields in the area. In fact, China has […]