Japan Mulls Over Leaving UNESCO Should ‘Comfort Women’ Material Be Registered

  The government of Japan will consider the possibility of withdrawing from the the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should the latter accept questionable and contentious material on “comfort women” that various groups have jointly submitted for registration with the Memory of the World Programme.     Japan is taking inspiration from […]

Many Submitted Materials on ‘Comfort Women’ Incompatible with UNESCO Guidelines

  The “International Solidarity Committee” formed by private groups from eight countries has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to inscribe in its Memory of the World Programme materials pertaining to wartime “comfort women.”   On October 17th—a full week before UNESCO was to make a decision—it made available the full […]

African Vibe: Youssou N’Dour Sings Songs of Hope at Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards Reception

  The awards ceremony for the so-called “Nobel Prize of Arts”—the 29th Præmium Imperiale International Arts Award in honor of Prince Takamatsu—was held on Wednesday, October 18th, at the Meiji Kinenkan (Moto-Akasaka, Tokyo), in the presence of His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi.   This year’s awards feature two African laureates, Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour and […]

If Japan Doesn’t Go Nuclear, What Are the Options?

  North Korea’s advances in its nuclear and ballistic missile program has drastically altered the security environment confronted by Japan.   Further, Japan is facing the reality that the longstanding post-World War II national defense policy of senshu bouei (strictly defensive only) is becoming irrelevant and obsolete for dealing with the current crisis.   First, […]

Honor and Responsibility: 2017 Laureates on What the Præmium Imperiale Means to Them

The laureates and international advisors of the 29th The Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards held a press conference on Tuesday, October 17, at the Hotel Okura Tokyo in Toranomon, ahead of the awards ceremony.   Awardees from five divisions, who were set to be honored in an October 18th dinner, were present: Iranian-American artist Shirin […]