The Senkakus are China’s Stepping Stone to Pacific Invasion

Photo : Japan Coast Guard’s vessel crashes with a Chinese vessel at Senkaku. Provided by Hitoshi Nakama, Ishigaki city council member   Many foreign journalists often visit Ishigaki City in Okinawa Prefecture hoping to cover the increasingly tense situation on the Senkaku Islands, Japanese islands which lie near China’s territorial waters. The Senkakus are an […]

A Thousand Gates to Better Luck: ‘The Senbon Torii’ in Tokyo’s Nezu Shrine

‘The Senbon Torii’ in Nezu shrine – Local Topics Japan is a website dedicated to introducing to foreign audiences the places, parks, shrines and venues in Japan where visitors can recharge on positive energy. Believe it or not, the people of Japan have coined a phrase for positive-energy hotspots: “Power Spots”. Those who want to […]

The Forgotten War of the Whales

 Photo : Sea Shepherd Media Archives   Another Antarctic whaling season will soon end, but most in Japan remain unaware of the fierce fight between the conservation ships operated by Sea Shepherd Australia, and Japanese whaling vessels in the icy waters of the southern oceans. For Australians, this issue is epitomized by a shocking photo taken […]

The Spring Sumo Tournament Concludes with an Epic Finish

This year’s spring sumo tournament—the national sport of Japan—was held in Osaka and concluded on March 26, where Kisenosato pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind victory which was greeted enthusiastically by Japanese sumo fans.   Kisenosato was suffering from what appeared to be an excruciatingly painful injury, and it was expected that he would withdraw from […]

Princess Aiko’s Yearbook Essay: “Praying for Peace in the World”

On March 22, the Imperial Household Agency announced that Toshinomiya Aiko-sama, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, had written an essay for Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School memorial yearbook on the occasion of her graduation. Princess Aiko’s essay, titled “Praying for Peace in the World,” is reprinted below in full:   […]

Opinion: New Law is the First Step Toward Tackling a Terror Attack Against 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The international community has a variety of legal means at its disposal—such as the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime—for eradicating terrorist organizations. It is clear that the anti-terror bill is necessary if Japan is going to play a role as a member of the international community.   There are some who are drawing […]