Editorial: Nao Kodaira’s Gold Medal Reminds Us of Olympic Values

  On February 18, Nao Kodaira won the gold medal in the women’s 500-meter speed skating event at the PyeongChang Olympics. Of course, Kodaira’s new Olympic record and magnificently powerful skating were amazing, but even more stunning was her behavior after the race.       Of all the athletes competing, it was Kodaira, whose […]

Princess Mako Postpones Wedding, Citing ‘Our Immaturity’

  On February 9th, Japan’s Imperial Household Agency announced that the wedding of Princess Mako of Akishino, to her classmate Kei Komuro, which was announced last September, would be postponed. Both the ceremony of betrothal involving an exchange of gifts, previously scheduled for March 4, and the wedding itself, previously scheduled for November 4, have […]

Book Provides Insights Into Survival Strategies of Japanese Abducted by North Korea

A scene from the theater play on North Korean abduction.     The Invitation-only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project By Robert Boyton Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux January 12, 2016 271 pages Available in hard cover, paperback, Kindle   Beginning in 1977, North Korean operatives started abducting Japanese nationals. For […]

History Wars: China Ignores Facts to Weaponize the Past

  Late last year, according to multiple sources, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited the ambassadors of at least 16 countries to a December 13th ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall.   “The nation’s chairman is expected to attend,” the invitation read, “so those ambassadors attending the memorial ceremony may afterwards be able […]

History Wars:  Japanese Taxpayers Funding Anti-Japan Activists

Aerial view of Hashima (or Gunkanjima), the UNESCO’s cultural heritage of the world   The KAKEN database is a record of research carried out with the financial support of “Kakenhi” (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research). These grants are distributed by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbu-kagakusho, or MEXT), as well as […]