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 […]

Editorial: Stay Vigilant, as Russia Welcomes North Korean Ship Banned by Japan

Russia is increasing its economic cooperation with North Korea. It turns out that the North Korean combined passenger and cargo ship Mangyongbong-92, which was barred from Japanese waters, will begin regular trips to Russia in May.   The ship is planned to make 6 trips a month between Vladivostok, Russia’s easternmost city, and Rason in […]

Constitution Needs Review Amid North Korean Threat, But Diet is Busy with Other Things

Since the inauguration of the government’s second administration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met five times with a certain civilian to exchange opinions on international affairs, dining together at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence and so forth. The civilian in question is Edward N. Luttwak, senior associate at the major think tank, Center for Strategic […]