Don’t Let North Korea Steal Olympics Spotlight from the Athletes

    An Olympics story has been told, over the decades, of a certain live radio broadcast from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Japanese athlete Hideko Maehata and German Martha Genenger fought a ferocious battle in the finals of the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. The announcer of Japanese public broadcasting NHK repeated this call 24 times: “Go, […]

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.     […]

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. […]