Letter to Megumi: Somewhere in North Korea, We Know Your Hidden Strength Will Make You Survive

Megumi(center) and her little brothers before she was abducted   Hello, Megumi.   Here in Japan we have been having one really hot day after another.  What are the summer days like where you are? Your mother and father are getting on in years and the summer heat and sun are ever more of a […]

Yoko Mada Interviews Hidetoshi Ishii: ‘Japan Should Be the Fortress of Freedom in Asia’

  Yoko Mada (“Random Yoko”), a Japanese YouTuber widely popular with viewers both inside and outside of Japan, sat down recently with Hidetoshi Ishii, a Japanese expert on the politics and history of Asia.   Active in his field for more than two decades, Ishii has a broad network of fellow activists and intellectuals, giving […]

3 Ways the US, Japan, Should Handle China’s Island Building

  (1st of 3 Parts)   As China continues with its policy of expansionism in the region, combining military intimidation and economic inducements toward its neighbors, we publish in 3 parts an instructive interview by the Sankei Shimbun’s Washington bureau chief, Yoshinari Kurose with Dr. Toshi Yoshihara.   Yoshihara is a senior fellow at the Center for […]

Why the US Should Not Depend on China to Sanction North Korea

  One of United States President Donald Trump’s current international security objectives is the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear stockpile. In a recent series of talks at the G20 in Hamburg, Trump expended much energy on this subject, and stressed heavily that Chinese pressure on Pyongyang would be necessary to accomplish nuclear disarmament. However, his […]

Japan’s Transfer of Bullet Train Technology A Mistake. China, Of Course, Has Copied It

  “China’s high speed rail technology is already far better than the Japanese Bullet Train, Shinkansen.” That was how, six years ago, Wang Yongping, head of the Chinese Railway Ministry’s advertising department, refuted allegations of intellectual piracy.   In an interview with China’s state news agency Xinxua on July 7, 2011, he said that Chinese […]

South Korean President Looks to Missile-Playing Pyongyang to Jointly Probe Japan On WWII Labor Issue

The city buses in Seoul started carrying plastic replicas of the “comfort women” statues   On August 15th, as part of the National Liberation Day ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese control, President Moon Jae-in touched upon the issue of conscripted laborers, saying “the suffering continues of […]