Almost All Japanese Look Favorably at the JSDF, So Why Do We Keep the Forces in Limbo?

      The debate over constitutional revision within the Japanese government and the Liberal Democratic Party looks to begin in earnest. On March 7, the LDP Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision of the Constitution, chaired by veteran lawmaker Hiroyuki Hosoda, began preparations for the party’s draft proposal on the amendment of Article 9. […]

Has Prime Minister Abe Fallen into North Korea’s Olympic Propaganda Trap?

  If the organizers of the Winter Olympic Games awarded medals for cheerleading or propaganda, North Korea would have walked away with double gold.       The champion attention-grabbers were the 200 North Korean women who performed synchronized cheers throughout events which involved athletes from their country playing alongside people from the host nation, […]

Don’t Let North Korea Steal Olympics Spotlight from the Athletes

    An Olympics story has been told, over the decades, of a certain live radio broadcast from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Japanese athlete Hideko Maehata and German Martha Genenger fought a ferocious battle in the finals of the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. The announcer of Japanese public broadcasting NHK repeated this call 24 times: “Go, […]

PyeongChang Olympics: Indulging North Korea, Moon Betrays the South

North Korean athletes have arrived at PyeongChang Olympics facility.   North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games, which begin on February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea, has been finalized. The decision came as South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in took advantage of his country’s position as host of the Winter Olympics to push for special […]

North Korea at the PyeongChang Olympics is Just Politics

  North Korea will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held this February in PyeongChang, South Korea. This announcement is rather surprising to many observers, as the lack of athletes that can represent North Korea on the international stage made their participation unlikely. Whether for political or diplomatic gain, Pyongyang has made its decision.     […]

Sankei Calls China A Risky Neighbor, and Xinhua Doesn’t Like It

  The Xinhua News Agency recently released an article titled, “Who is Hoodwinking Japan? Visiting China Entails Risk of Incarceration?” The purpose of the article was to respond to “Major Predictions for 2018: Risks in Neighboring Countries,” an article published on Sankei News.   Sankei’s article reported, “Japanese citizens are increasingly being detained, arrested, and […]