Osaka Authorities Investigate Smuggling of Gold Bullion Via Vanilla Air Flight From Taipei

    Several kilograms of gold bullion were found in two toilets on a Vanilla Air low-cost carrier flight from Taipei bound for Kansai International Airport on Sunday, July 9th, Sankei Shimbun Newspaper learned.   Authorities, including Osaka Customs, are investigating the possibility that a smuggling ring may have been behind the attempt to smuggle […]

North Korea and Warmbeir’s Death: Japan Should Take Its Cue From Angry America

  Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati in June 15, 2017. (AP Photo)     The tragic death of a young American in June caused by North Korea’s unspeakably […]

Deadly Flooding Delays Announcement of Royal Engagement

  As record rains in northern Kyushu lead to widespread damage, the Imperial Household Ministry has decided to postpone the wedding announcement of Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Fumihito (Akishinonomiya), to her college classmate at International Christian University (ICU), Kei Komuro. An official announcement will be forthcoming.     According to sources close […]

Editorial: At G20 Summit, Call on China to Release Seriously Ill Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

  This is the reality in self-proclaimed superpower, China.   Imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, and has been moved from Liaoning Province Prison to a hospital within the province.     Liu Xiaobo’s family had hoped that he would be allowed to undergo advanced […]