Editorial: Nao Kodaira’s Gold Medal Reminds Us of Olympic Values

  On February 18, Nao Kodaira won the gold medal in the women’s 500-meter speed skating event at the PyeongChang Olympics. Of course, Kodaira’s new Olympic record and magnificently powerful skating were amazing, but even more stunning was her behavior after the race.       Of all the athletes competing, it was Kodaira, whose […]

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, […]

Editorial: iPS Paper Falsified, Shinya Yamanaka to Fulfil Responsibility

  On January 22, it was revealed that an assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA – headed by Shinya Yamanaka) carried out fabrication and falsification of a research paper.   Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are a type of pluripotent cell which can differentiate into any type of […]

Leaving Europe, UK is Now Bound for Asia

  When British Prime Minister Teresa May visited Japan last August, she and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera had an exchange about their countries’ “long history of cooperation in the defense and security sector.”   The Anglo-Japanese Alliance was established in 1902. Given Japan’s lack of ship building expertise at the time, it had many […]

Editorial: Japan Should Not Ignore China’s Real Intent at Senkaku

  Refusing to hide its ambition to take the Japanese sovereign territory of the Senkaku Islands (Okinawa Prefecture), China was not content with just sending Chinese Coast Guard vessels into the waters off Senkaku, so it also sent Chinese Navy vessels on January 10th to 11th, 2018.       The Japan Self-Defense Forces observed […]

Learning From the Curiosity and Passion of Yoshiharu Habu – Winner of 7 Shogi Titles

  In December, the venerable shogi champion, Yoshiharu Habu, became the first person ever in the 400-year history of shogi to become the holder of all seven crown titles.   In this year’s Ryuo-championship, he was able to finally claim the only lifetime title not yet won, the “Lifetime Ryuo.” This occurred in the world of […]