Editorial: Time for Japan to Make the Abduction Issue A Diplomatic Priority

  The abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents decades ago is a national tragedy. It is designated by the Abe administration as the “Most Important Issue,” yet it remains unresolved.   This is because North Korea is the subject of international criticism and pressure for an issue other than the abductions: its continued […]

Constitution Allows Japan to Build Military Forces – Just Ask MacArthur

The Izumo, a Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force’s helicopter carrier, sets sail from Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture on Monday, May 1, 2017 to escort a U.S. supply ship.  It is the first such operation during peacetime under Japan’s national security laws as tensions mount in the region over North Korea. (Photo by Ryosuke Kawaguchi)     (Part […]

Editorial: Stay Vigilant, as Russia Welcomes North Korean Ship Banned by Japan

Russia is increasing its economic cooperation with North Korea. It turns out that the North Korean combined passenger and cargo ship Mangyongbong-92, which was barred from Japanese waters, will begin regular trips to Russia in May.   The ship is planned to make 6 trips a month between Vladivostok, Russia’s easternmost city, and Rason in […]

Is Megumi Yokota the Key to Ending the Korean Standoff?

This week, in the wake of increasingly shrill North Korean threats, Vice President Mike Pence is in East Asia, rallying the US-South Korea-Japan alliance around the Trump Doctrine of peace through strength.   Vice President Pence told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States was prepared to use force to bring lasting peace […]

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 […]