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 […]

Japan Needs Constitution Change to Have Capabilities to Strike Enemy Bases

Japan’s post-war Constitution   North Korea is acting as if to wake a long-time sleeping lion in Asia—that is, Japan. Pyongyang has rapidly been magnifying its missile and nuclear threat, firing 20 ballistic missiles and conducting one nuclear test this year alone.   Right-wing politicians in Tokyo are claiming Pyongyang is virtually declaring war against […]

Big Majority of Japanese Favor Proposed Long-range Cruise Missiles – Sankei-FNN Poll

  Positive responses to the government’s proposed acquisition of long-range cruise missiles exceeded 68.5%, dwarfing those thought the “acquisition is unnecessary” (28.7%), the latest poll conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and the Fuji News Network (FNN) showed.   However, opinions were divided over what circumstances the long-range cruise missiles should be used in. Of the […]

Studies in Contrast: Abe’s Popular Mandate, Xi Jinping’s Monopoly of Power

  Democracies around the world have commonalities in terms of their approach and consequent connection with the masses or the electorate. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the latest case in point, as he secured a decisive and resounding mandate in Japan’s general election. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its second-fiddle coalition partner, Komeito, have secured […]