Confluence of Interests: Indian Foreign Minister’s Visit Strengthens Bond With Japan

     In his landmark speech titled “Confluence of the Two Seas,” delivered before the Indian Parliament in August 2007, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that “the Pacific and the Indian Oceans are now bringing about a dynamic coupling as seas of freedom and of prosperity.”   That was during his first term as prime […]

What I Found Missing in the Kanamara Matsuri—the ‘Penis Festival’

  It’s a warm Sunday morning in Kawasaki, Japan. Across the world they are celebrating Easter, possibly April Fool’s Day. How ironic, as I have other plans. I am going to Kawasaki’s Kanamara Matsuri, or as it is known from numerous articles by the foreign press, the “Penis Festival.”   The Kanamara Festival has its […]

Interview with Ed Feulner: Trump Will Be A Tough Negotiator with North Korea

  On April 20, the Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Forward interviewed Edwin J. Feulner, PhD, about the recent summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States President Donald Trump.   Dr. Feulner was founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation, a respected Washington DC-based conservative think tank. He headed it from 1977 to […]

Abe-Trump Summit: U.S. Makes Clear It Wants Reduced Trade Deficit With Japan

  The sixth meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States President Donald Trump—where they agreed on a policy of maintaining maximum pressure on North Korea ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit meeting—once again illustrated to the international community the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance.   Trump’s promise to raise the abduction issue at […]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Call Him A Born-Again Politician

  (Conclusion)   While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in the United States for a summit with President Donald Trump, JAPAN Forward runs a series of articles that provides a closer look at the Japanese leader. Originally published in Japanese in the January 2018 edition of Hanada magazine, the articles were written by Professor Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to the […]

(UPDATED) Abduction Issue: Trump Vows to Do His Best for Japan — Abe

  United States President Donald Trump has promised to take up the decades-old issue of the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in his forthcoming summit with Kim Jong-un.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said this was the outcome of his meeting with Trump on Tuesday, April 17, in Florida (Wednesday, April 18, […]