Kei Komuro on Princess Mako: ‘She watches over me as quietly as the moon’

  On September 3, Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino-no-miya and Princess Kiko, and Kei Komuro, 25, announced their engagement in a press conference that lasted approximately 13 minutes.     The affianced pair said that they were like “the sun and the moon,” and exchanged frequent glances while opening up about how […]

‘Battleship Island’: Korean Film on Wartime Laborers Criticized for Being ‘Divorced from Reality’

  Criticism of the Korean film Battleship Island (directed by Ryoo Seung-wan) has been increasing. The film is set on the coal mine on Hashima Island, which is part of the city of Nagasaki. The island itself is popularly known as “Battleship Island” because of its resemblance to a battleship when viewed from a distance. […]

Ugly Truth: Is the Japanese Media Bent on Criticizing Abe at All Costs?

  In October edition of the monthly magazine Hanada, released on August 26th, author Ryushou Kadota revealed what he recently heard from journalist acquaintances. Somebody from Mainichi Shimbun supposedly said, “At the moment, the atmosphere in the company has become, just do anything to criticize [Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe.” Asahi Shimbun journalists were said to […]

Radio Program That Broadcasts to Japanese Abductees in North Korea Needs Financial Help

The Radio representative Kazuhiro Araki (left) is talking to the microphone while Tatsuru Murao (right), executive director of COMJAN and program producer, is calling for support   Amid increasing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the “Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea (COMJAN),” has finalized preparations for […]

Japan’s Transfer of Bullet Train Technology A Mistake. China, Of Course, Has Copied It

  “China’s high speed rail technology is already far better than the Japanese Bullet Train, Shinkansen.” That was how, six years ago, Wang Yongping, head of the Chinese Railway Ministry’s advertising department, refuted allegations of intellectual piracy.   In an interview with China’s state news agency Xinxua on July 7, 2011, he said that Chinese […]

Abductee Rescue Team Under the Prime Minister Should Be Created — Nakayama

  It has been four decades at least since dozens of Japanese citizens were abducted by North Korean state agents in Japan, yet the problem has yet to be resolved, anything bold and significant yet to be done by the government to get them back home. What can—and should—be done, immediately?     Kyoko Nakayama, […]