African Vibe: Youssou N’Dour Sings Songs of Hope at Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards Reception

  The awards ceremony for the so-called “Nobel Prize of Arts”—the 29th Præmium Imperiale International Arts Award in honor of Prince Takamatsu—was held on Wednesday, October 18th, at the Meiji Kinenkan (Moto-Akasaka, Tokyo), in the presence of His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi.   This year’s awards feature two African laureates, Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour and […]

Michibiki-4 Satellite

JAXA Successfully Launches Michibiki-4 Satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the Michibiki-4 (QSZ-4) satellite aboard an H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 7:01 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2017. Shortly after liftoff, the Yoshinobu Launch Complex transferred the flight control of H-IIA to Takesaki Range Control Center. At 1:33 of the video, you will see the solid […]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at UN: Time to Enforce Sanctions Against North Korea

  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday, September 20, that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.   Here is the full text of the speech he delivered at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New […]

Dear Megumi: One Day, You and Other Kidnap Victims Will Set Foot on Japan Again—If Our Gov’t Works For It

  Dear Megumi,   In Japan, we are blessed with beautiful autumn skies, and the cosmos flowers are blooming. Our home in Niigata had beautiful cosmos, didn’t it? They remind us of you more. Despite being a cheerful child, fond of flowers, with a love for “freedom,” you were captured by the country where freedom […]

Fishermen on Senkaku Islands: Why Do Japanese Have To Withdraw From Japanese Territory?

    September 11 marked the 5th anniversary of the nationalization of the Senkaku Islands (part of Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture) that had previously been privately owned.   Since then, China Coast Guard ships sailing through the waters around the islands have become the norm, and China has boasted that it has broken de facto […]