In Moon Jae-in’s South Korea, Author of Comfort Women Book Adjudged Guilty

  During the 1990s, iron spikes caused a surprising increase of anti-Japanese sentiment among the South Korean people. These spikes were accidentally discovered on top of the mountains encircling Seoul. A rumor then quickly spread that, during the colonial period, Japanese imperialists had driven these spikes into the mountains to destroy the spirit of the Korean people.   […]

Editorial: Time For A Hardline Approach to Diplomacy With China

  We must prepare to be increasingly vigilant and undertake a hardline approach to diplomacy, commensurate with an abnormally centralized power and the destruction of the international order.   With the close of the 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the elected party leadership has consolidated the rule of Chinese President Xi […]

Editorial: Pressure on Cambridge University Means China Threatens Academic Freedom

  Approximately 300 articles in the Chinese studies journal China Quarterly, which the Cambridge University Press publishes in Britain, were made temporarily unavailable in China.   Articles that were made unavailable are on issues such as the June 1989 Tienanmen Square protests and Taiwan independence. All the articles share the theme of suppression of freedom […]

Editorial: Inada’s Resignation Reveals Bigger Problem: Can Japan’s Self-Defense Forces Fight?

  Defense Minister Tomomi Inada resigned on July 28 to take responsibility for an issue involving the daily operations log of the United Nations Peace Keeping Operation (PKO) in South Sudan. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will jointly serve as defense minister until an expected Cabinet reshuffled on August 3rd pushes through.     Inada’s resignation was […]

Editorial: No, Mr Moon, This Is Not the Time or Place to Start Lashing Out at Japan

  In an interview with American media, Korean President Moon Jae-in rehashed the comfort women issue and repeated his criticism of Japan. We find this absolutely unacceptable.   In his interview with Reuters, Moon stated that Japan is not “making its best effort” with regards to historical issues, including that of comfort women. We would […]

Editorial: At G20 Summit, Call on China to Release Seriously Ill Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

  This is the reality in self-proclaimed superpower, China.   Imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, and has been moved from Liaoning Province Prison to a hospital within the province.     Liu Xiaobo’s family had hoped that he would be allowed to undergo advanced […]

Editorial: Time for Japan to Make the Abduction Issue A Diplomatic Priority

  The abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents decades ago is a national tragedy. It is designated by the Abe administration as the “Most Important Issue,” yet it remains unresolved.   This is because North Korea is the subject of international criticism and pressure for an issue other than the abductions: its continued […]

Editorial: Now Who’s Lying About the United Nations Special Report?

The United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye speaks to the Japanese press  in Tokyo on June 2, 2017     The United Nations Special Rapporteur continues his anti-Japanese criticism.   He finds faults based on one-sided arguments, such as the Japanese government using its influence to distort history textbooks, and the media atrophying. He also […]

Editorial: Even to Calls for Dialog, North Korea Responds with Intimidation

On May 14, North Korea launched a ballistic missile, which flew around 800 km before landing in the Sea of Japan.   The launch comes just as South Korea’s President Moon, who has advocated for dialog with North Korea, begins his administration. Kim Jong-Un’s administration ignored this, however, undertaking violent intimidation instead.   As it […]

The Emperor’s Abdication: Proposed Legislation Must Give Priority to Tradition

  A select committee of government officials has presented to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe its final report on the issue of the Emperor’s abdication. The report supports the drafting of a special, one-time-only legislation that would allow the reigning emperor to abdicate to his successor only on this particular occasion. It calls for the current […]