It’s Time to Ask the Question: Why Should the U.S. Defend Japan?

  President Donal Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Defense Secretary James Mattis have all visited Tokyo to reassure Japan of America’s support as China and North Korea turn up the pressure.   Officials of both nations claim to be in lockstep—continuing the tradition of U.S. officials describing the U.S.-Japan relationship as “the most important […]

Has Prime Minister Abe Fallen into North Korea’s Olympic Propaganda Trap?

  If the organizers of the Winter Olympic Games awarded medals for cheerleading or propaganda, North Korea would have walked away with double gold.       The champion attention-grabbers were the 200 North Korean women who performed synchronized cheers throughout events which involved athletes from their country playing alongside people from the host nation, […]

Ambassador Kato: What’s At Stake in Allowing Japan a Nuclear Arsenal?

  The continued nuclear and long-range missile threats from North Korea present a good opportunity to think about how Japan should protect itself. Ryozo Kato, veteran diplomat and former Japanese ambassador to the United States, offers his viewpoint.     Discussion of North Korean nuclear capabilities are generally centered on nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic […]

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, […]

Interview: Trump Campaign’s National Security Advisor Joseph E. Schmitz

  On January 16, the Sankei Shimbun’s Washington bureau chief, Yoshinari Kurose interviewed American lawyer and national security expert Joseph E. Schmitz, one of Donald Trump’s five original foreign policy advisors during United States Presidential campaign. He reviews Trump’s first year in office and discusses the new National Security Policy released just last December. Here […]

The Dangers of Entering Into ‘Dialogue-Mode’ Over North Korea

North Korean beauties have arrived at the PyeongChang Olympic venue on February 7.   Will the situation play out as thought by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un? Whether it follows predictions or not, the Moon Jae-in administration is set to welcome North Korea’s participation during the PyeongChang Olympic Games with open arms, despite domestic opposition and concerns […]

Where Japan Stands in US-Korean Talks: An Interview with Heritage Foundation Experts

North Korean Mangyongbong-92 carrying a 140-strong orchestra approaches to a port in Donghae, South Korea, February 6, 2018.   REUTERS   On February 5, the Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Forward interviewed two representatives of The Heritage Foundation, a respected Washington DC-based conservative think tank, while they visited Tokyo. Terry Miller is the foundation’s director, Center for […]