Ambassador Kato: What’s At Stake in Allowing Japan a Nuclear Arsenal?

  The continued nuclear and long-range missile threats from North Korea present a good opportunity to think about how Japan should protect itself. Ryozo Kato, veteran diplomat and former Japanese ambassador to the United States, offers his viewpoint.     Discussion of North Korean nuclear capabilities are generally centered on nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic […]

Don’t Let North Korea Steal Olympics Spotlight from the Athletes

    An Olympics story has been told, over the decades, of a certain live radio broadcast from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Japanese athlete Hideko Maehata and German Martha Genenger fought a ferocious battle in the finals of the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. The announcer of Japanese public broadcasting NHK repeated this call 24 times: “Go, […]

Interview: Trump Campaign’s National Security Advisor Joseph E. Schmitz

  On January 16, the Sankei Shimbun’s Washington bureau chief, Yoshinari Kurose interviewed American lawyer and national security expert Joseph E. Schmitz, one of Donald Trump’s five original foreign policy advisors during United States Presidential campaign. He reviews Trump’s first year in office and discusses the new National Security Policy released just last December. Here […]

Princess Mako Postpones Wedding, Citing ‘Our Immaturity’

  On February 9th, Japan’s Imperial Household Agency announced that the wedding of Princess Mako of Akishino, to her classmate Kei Komuro, which was announced last September, would be postponed. Both the ceremony of betrothal involving an exchange of gifts, previously scheduled for March 4, and the wedding itself, previously scheduled for November 4, have […]

How Trustworthy are Chinese Statistics? China Inflates GDP Figures by $478 Billion in 2017

The National Bureau of Statistics of China, based on its own independent analysis of the 2017 GDP data—reported as of February 3, 2018, by each of the 31 provincial governments—discovered that the preliminary total Chinese GDP reported on January 18 had been inflated by more than 2,976.9 billion yuan (about 52 trillion JPY, or 478 billion […]

Rediscovering Japan Through Hawaii’s Cherry Blossom Festival

  America is often thought of as a new country, a place where countless people traveled from distant lands in search of a new life. As immigrants intermarried and their cultures intermixed, customs blended together so that America, we often hear, became a giant “melting pot.”   However, instead of erasing the cultural hold these traditions […]

The Dangers of Entering Into ‘Dialogue-Mode’ Over North Korea

North Korean beauties have arrived at the PyeongChang Olympic venue on February 7.   Will the situation play out as thought by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un? Whether it follows predictions or not, the Moon Jae-in administration is set to welcome North Korea’s participation during the PyeongChang Olympic Games with open arms, despite domestic opposition and concerns […]