Many Submitted Materials on ‘Comfort Women’ Incompatible with UNESCO Guidelines

  The “International Solidarity Committee” formed by private groups from eight countries has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to inscribe in its Memory of the World Programme materials pertaining to wartime “comfort women.”   On October 17th—a full week before UNESCO was to make a decision—it made available the full […]

Honor and Responsibility: 2017 Laureates on What the Præmium Imperiale Means to Them

The laureates and international advisors of the 29th The Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards held a press conference on Tuesday, October 17, at the Hotel Okura Tokyo in Toranomon, ahead of the awards ceremony.   Awardees from five divisions, who were set to be honored in an October 18th dinner, were present: Iranian-American artist Shirin […]

Fishermen on Senkaku Islands: Why Do Japanese Have To Withdraw From Japanese Territory?

    September 11 marked the 5th anniversary of the nationalization of the Senkaku Islands (part of Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) that had previously been privately owned.   Since then, China Coast Guard ships sailing through the waters around the islands have become the norm, and China has boasted that it has broken de facto […]

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 […]