In Miyagi, There’s a Village Where You can Feed, Touch Fluffy Foxes

  Here’s our latest from Local Topics Japan, a website that introduces foreign audiences to parks, shrines, and other places in Japan where visitors can recharge on positive energy – what the locals aptly call “power spots.”   This clip features the unique, privately-owned fox park in Miyagi prefecture, some 350km (220 miles) northeast of Tokyo. […]

Is Megumi Yokota the Key to Ending the Korean Standoff?

This week, in the wake of increasingly shrill North Korean threats, Vice President Mike Pence is in East Asia, rallying the US-South Korea-Japan alliance around the Trump Doctrine of peace through strength.   Vice President Pence told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States was prepared to use force to bring lasting peace […]

Editorial: The Letters to Megumi Should be Read by All

The Sankei Shimbun has begun publishing the series “Letters to Megumi,” written by parents Shigeru and Sakie Yokota to their daughter who is held captive in North Korea.   “Mom was so terribly lonely. She tried to shake her loneliness by immersing herself in efforts to bring the abductees home,” Megumi’s parents write in their […]

A Letter to Megumi: “Forty years have gone by without you… Don’t ever give up, you are going to come home”

Megumi, hello. Spring has come round again. It is the season of graduations and matriculations. In the springtime forty years ago, Dad took a picture of you in your middle school uniform standing under the cherry trees. Those cherry trees were especially beautiful. The picture was taken after you had fallen ill and been unable […]

Time to Stop Opposing the Anti-Terror Bills for the Sake of Opposition

The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s Democratic Party, and other organizations have taken a firm position against legislation necessary for Japan to accede to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.   It is uncertain how U.S. President Donald Trump’s military attack on Syria, as well as China’s expansionism, North Korean threats, and South Korea’s coming […]