The Nightmare may Become Real: an Anti-Japan, Pro-China Dictatorship in Control of the Entire Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye has been arrested on Friday and is expected to be charged with corruption within the next 20 days. She may face a prison sentence of between 10 years and life imprisonment. But what next? Will a left-wing president replace the impeached Park Geun-hye? Tokyo Christian University Professor Tsutomu Nishioka has analyzed […]

The U.N. Sanctions Game With North Korea: Time to Play the Oil Cutoff Card

With his multiple nuclear and missile tests, Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a nuclear warhead that could strike the United States.  The program also is strengthening the existing capability to attack Japan and South Korea with nuclear warheads produced since at least 2012 for the […]

The Senkakus are China’s Stepping Stone to Pacific Invasion

Photo : Japan Coast Guard’s vessel crashes with a Chinese vessel at Senkaku. Provided by Hitoshi Nakama, Ishigaki city council member   Many foreign journalists often visit Ishigaki City in Okinawa Prefecture hoping to cover the increasingly tense situation on the Senkaku Islands, Japanese islands which lie near China’s territorial waters. The Senkakus are an […]

The Forgotten War of the Whales

 Photo : Sea Shepherd Media Archives   Another Antarctic whaling season will soon end, but most in Japan remain unaware of the fierce fight between the conservation ships operated by Sea Shepherd Australia, and Japanese whaling vessels in the icy waters of the southern oceans. For Australians, this issue is epitomized by a shocking photo taken […]

Princess Aiko’s Yearbook Essay: “Praying for Peace in the World”

On March 22, the Imperial Household Agency announced that Toshinomiya Aiko-sama, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, had written an essay for Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School memorial yearbook on the occasion of her graduation. Princess Aiko’s essay, titled “Praying for Peace in the World,” is reprinted below in full:   […]

Getting Shut Out from a Chinese Press Conference Is No Accident

On March 15, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry to a press conference convened by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after the close of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. At a press conference held on March 16, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained, “Several thousand reporters from China and abroad participated in journalistic […]

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 […]

China’s Attack on a Sankei Reporter Is a Threat to the Freedom of All Journalists

“Are you annoyed [that you were kept out of the press conference]?” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying asked. She then paused before adding, “If so, then work harder so that you are allowed to attend next year.” A Sankei Shimbun reporter was kept out of the press conference held with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang […]

“Our turn is next” – An Exclusive Interview with the Prime Minister of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, being interviewed by the Sankei Shimbun (Photo Yoshikazu Hiroike)     The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in Dharamsala in northern India. Their prime minister, Lobsang Sangay, recently visited Japan and agreed to an exclusive interview with the Sankei Shimbun. PM Sangay spoke of the Chinese government’s oppression […]