PyeongChang Olympics: Indulging North Korea, Moon Betrays the South

North Korean athletes have arrived at PyeongChang Olympics facility.   North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games, which begin on February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea, has been finalized. The decision came as South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in took advantage of his country’s position as host of the Winter Olympics to push for special […]

North Korea at the PyeongChang Olympics is Just Politics

  North Korea will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held this February in PyeongChang, South Korea. This announcement is rather surprising to many observers, as the lack of athletes that can represent North Korea on the international stage made their participation unlikely. Whether for political or diplomatic gain, Pyongyang has made its decision.     […]

3 Operations Will Be At Play in US Offensive vs North Korea — Experts

  (Conclusion)   Part 1: Do We Understand War? Japanese Experts Discuss the Realities of Confronting North Korea   Part 2: To Take Down North Korea, Think 2,000 Cruise Missiles   We conclude our 3-part series based on a panel discussion with two top-ranking members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and journalists from the Sankei […]

Do We Understand War? Japanese Experts Discuss the Realities of Confronting North Korea

  (First of three parts)   Pundits worldwide have made a cottage industry out of speculating on the situation in North Korea. These factors combine to make guessing Pyongyang’s next move a virtually endless exercise: the occluded nature of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its track record of brutality and unpredictability, and the […]

Japanese Suppliers Export to Pyongyang Amid Trade Sanctions 

  Last December 14th, Japanese law enforcers arrested three men in Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture, including Yuzuru Yachida, 47, the CEO of M-Create Inc., an environmental installation company. The charges: violations of the foreign exchange law violations—specifically, exporting without a license. They are suspected of involvement in the illegal export of foodstuffs to North Korea. […]

Steve Bannon: North Korea is ‘China’s Responsibility’

Former White House Chief Strategist and current Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, spoke with members of the press—including staff writers of Sankei Shimbun—during the  Japanese Conservative Political Action Conference (JCPAC) held December 16-17 in Tokyo, Japan. Bannon contends the so-called “pivot towards Asia,” begun during the Obama administration, is now becoming a reality […]

Nuclear Arsenal for Deterrence: JCPAC Highlights Japan’s Growing Security Challenges

Many expected North Korea to conduct yet another missile test last December 17, the sixth anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death. Such tests have, rather worryingly, become something of a regular occurrence for Japan, with a North Korean intermediate-range missile passing over Hokkaido in August and September.   Although no such test happened, the United […]

‘Worst Scenario’ is North Korea Hacking into US Nuclear Command, Says Former Navy Chief

  North Korea is developing not only ballistic missiles and nuclear weapon technologies, but also cyber attack capabilities. How far have so-called North Korean “cyber soldiers” come?   Professor Richard Danzig, the former United States Navy chief and senior fellow of Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, sat down recently with Kazuyuki Sakamoto, a staff […]