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 […]

Editorial: The Letters to Megumi Should be Read by All

The Sankei Shimbun has begun publishing the series “Letters to Megumi,” written by parents Shigeru and Sakie Yokota to their daughter who is held captive in North Korea.   “Mom was so terribly lonely. She tried to shake her loneliness by immersing herself in efforts to bring the abductees home,” Megumi’s parents write in their […]

Editorial: After the Syria Strike, Time to Make Sure China Gets the Message

Those who would destroy the international community’s rules and order must be unwaveringly opposed. In that regard, President Xi Jinping personally just witnessed the United States’ firm intention to defend that order.   During a summit meeting marked by the attack on Syria, President Trump stated that if China wouldn’t cooperate on the North Korea […]

Editorial: China’s Suppression of Press Freedom Fits a Troubling Pattern

At a 2014 summit meeting with then-president Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping said “China, recognizing the people’s legitimate rights of freedom of expression and other freedoms, protects the interests of journalistic institutions in accordance with the law.” Did he really mean what he said?   Last week, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry […]

Editorial: Time for the United States and Japan to Cooperate on the Abduction Issue

North Korea chose the moment of the U.S.-Japan summit meeting to launch intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, and soon after assassinated Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of Korean Workers’ Party chairman Kim Jong-un. Both instances are grim reminders of the violent and unpredictable nature of the government across the Sea of Japan. […]