After Trump’s Asia Trip, A Need for Ambitious Regional Strategy

  Douglas H. Paal, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spoke with the Sankei Shimbun’s Washington correspondent Hiroyuki Kano. As a former White House Asia specialist, Paal emphasized the need for an ambitious regional strategy after President Donald Trump’s Asia trip in November 2017.       How do you […]

What Would Duterte Gov’t Do With Manila’s Comfort Woman Statue?

  Despite a Japanese official expressing to President Rodrigo Duterte her disappointment in the sudden construction of a comfort woman statue in Manila, the Philippine chief executive will not act on it himself, his spokesman said.   In a press briefing on Thursday, January 11th, a Filipina journalist asked Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque about Duterte’s […]

3 Operations Will Be At Play in US Offensive vs North Korea — Experts

  (Conclusion)   Part 1: Do We Understand War? Japanese Experts Discuss the Realities of Confronting North Korea   Part 2: To Take Down North Korea, Think 2,000 Cruise Missiles   We conclude our 3-part series based on a panel discussion with two top-ranking members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and journalists from the Sankei […]

Do We Understand War? Japanese Experts Discuss the Realities of Confronting North Korea

  (First of three parts)   Pundits worldwide have made a cottage industry out of speculating on the situation in North Korea. These factors combine to make guessing Pyongyang’s next move a virtually endless exercise: the occluded nature of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its track record of brutality and unpredictability, and the […]

Yuan Diplomacy: Panama Cuts Ties with Taiwan in Favor of the Mainland

People celebrate Christmas in Panama   Panama has received munificent rewards from Beijing for its decision to formally cut all diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of the Mainland. The joint statement of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Panama occurred in Beijing on November 17th and was unusually cryptic, symbolizing the […]

Magnitude 9 Earthquake in Kuril Trench ‘Highly Imminent’ — Government Scientists

Emperor and Empress visit Minami Sanriku after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 11, 2011.    Japan is stepping up disaster prevention initiatives after government scientists recently made a forecast that a Magnitude 9 earthquake, which carries a risk of 20-plus-meter-high tsunami, is highly probable in the Kuril Trench.   The government’s Earthquake Research […]

‘Hokusai and Japonisme’: Intercultural Masterpieces on Display at the National Museum of Western Art until January 28

  Japonisme became popular among Western artists during the latter half of the 19th century. It was a huge movement in many areas of art, including painting and design. The art of ukiyo-e painter Hokusai (late Edo period) captivated impressionist artists who wanted to liberate themselves from traditional rules of art. The ongoing Hokusai and Japonisme exhibition […]

Japanese Suppliers Export to Pyongyang Amid Trade Sanctions 

  Last December 14th, Japanese law enforcers arrested three men in Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture, including Yuzuru Yachida, 47, the CEO of M-Create Inc., an environmental installation company. The charges: violations of the foreign exchange law violations—specifically, exporting without a license. They are suspected of involvement in the illegal export of foodstuffs to North Korea. […]