Reconstruction Chief Imamura Resigns; Tohoku Gaffe “absolutely inexcusable,” says PM Abe

Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the morning of Wednesday, April 26, one day after causing an uproar with his statement about the 2011 East Japan earthquake.   “Good thing that the [2011 earthquake-tsunami] disaster hit the Tohoku region,” Imamura had said. “If it had happened closer to […]

In Miyagi, There’s a Village Where You can Feed, Touch Fluffy Foxes

  Here’s our latest from Local Topics Japan, a website that introduces foreign audiences to parks, shrines, and other places in Japan where visitors can recharge on positive energy – what the locals aptly call “power spots.”   This clip features the unique, privately-owned fox park in Miyagi prefecture, some 350km (220 miles) northeast of Tokyo. […]

Editorial: The Letters to Megumi Should be Read by All

The Sankei Shimbun has begun publishing the series “Letters to Megumi,” written by parents Shigeru and Sakie Yokota to their daughter who is held captive in North Korea.   “Mom was so terribly lonely. She tried to shake her loneliness by immersing herself in efforts to bring the abductees home,” Megumi’s parents write in their […]

A Letter to Megumi: “Forty years have gone by without you… Don’t ever give up, you are going to come home”

Megumi, hello. Spring has come round again. It is the season of graduations and matriculations. In the springtime forty years ago, Dad took a picture of you in your middle school uniform standing under the cherry trees. Those cherry trees were especially beautiful. The picture was taken after you had fallen ill and been unable […]