Editorial: At G20 Summit, Call on China to Release Seriously Ill Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

  This is the reality in self-proclaimed superpower, China.   Imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, and has been moved from Liaoning Province Prison to a hospital within the province.     Liu Xiaobo’s family had hoped that he would be allowed to undergo advanced […]

Forget Current Sanctions, Cut Off North Korea’s Oil Supply

  In the light of the summit between United States Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in—where the international community awaits whether the two leaders can reconcile their starkly different approaches to North Korea’s nuclear development, JAPAN Forward is republishing this piece by Larry Niksch, who teaches East Asian Security at George Washington University.  […]

Japanese Detained in South Korea for Covering Stone Slab Bearing False Claims on Comfort Women

  Former Japanese Self-Defense Force official Shigeharu Oku, 69, was temporarily detained and forbidden from leaving South Korea this week. The offense: without permission, he overlaid the stele that bore Seiji Yoshida’s apology for supposedly taking women on the Korean peninsula forcibly to become “sex slaves” for Japanese forces during the Second World War.   […]

At the UN Human Rights Council, They Don’t Buy Okinawan Activist’s Claims

  Hiroji Yamashiro, 64, the activist opposing the relocation of the United States military airfield at Futenma to Henoko in Nago City, got a lukewarm reception at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva recently.   He appeared on June 15, speaking about his 5-month detention back home—how he was “not allowed family […]

With the All-New Impreza, Subaru Serves US and Japan Motorists’ Needs

Kazuhiro Abe, general manager of the Product Planning Division of Subaru stands besides the new  Impreza     On sale since last October after a complete redesign, Subaru’s flagship small car, the “Impreza,” is enjoying robust sales. The newly designed platform (chassis), employed for the first time, gives improved stability and shock absorption in the event […]

Naoki Hyakuta Writes: To All Who Label Me a Discrimination Raconteur

  In early June, author Naoki Hyakuta, 61, was scheduled to speak at Hitotsubashi University during the two-day “Kodaira Festival.” University officials, however, cancelled his lecture, citing the lobby of some students and other lecturers who, they said, considered Hyakuta’s remarks had been “discriminatory toward certain ethnic groups.”   Mr. Hyakuta addresses the students who […]