North Korean Abductions: Otto Warmbier is This Generation’s Megumi Yokota

  The recent news of Otto Warmbier’s death has shocked the United States and the rest of the world—except for Japan. Sadly, Japan has long understood, from firsthand experience, the brutality of North Korea.   Forty years ago, North Korean agents, under the direct leadership of then-Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il, fanned out across the Sea […]

Book Review: O’Reilly and Dugard’s “Killing the Rising Sun” is Anti-History, Convenient Fiction

    By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard 323 pages Henry Holt & Co.: New York, 2016     Jason Morgan, for JAPAN Forward     In April 2017, disgraced former Fox News personality and self-styled “conservative” pundit Bill O’Reilly denounced as a war crime the use of chemical weapons in an attack on Syria. […]

Is Megumi Yokota the Key to Ending the Korean Standoff?

This week, in the wake of increasingly shrill North Korean threats, Vice President Mike Pence is in East Asia, rallying the US-South Korea-Japan alliance around the Trump Doctrine of peace through strength.   Vice President Pence told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States was prepared to use force to bring lasting peace […]