Book Review: O’Reilly and Dugard’s “Killing the Rising Sun” is Anti-History, Convenient Fiction

    By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard 323 pages Henry Holt & Co.: New York, 2016     Jason Morgan, for JAPAN Forward     In April 2017, disgraced former Fox News personality and self-styled “conservative” pundit Bill O’Reilly denounced as a war crime the use of chemical weapons in an attack on Syria. […]

Step Aside, GPS, the Japanese “Michibiki” Promises Higher Accuracy Positioning System

  The second satellite of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS)—the Japanese version of the  Global Positioning System (GPS)—is scheduled for launch on June 1, and it promises to measure a position on the ground with higher accuracy.   The QZSS is a four-satellite system, and the Japanese aim to put it in full-scale operation starting […]

“We’re Not Chinese”: World’s Biggest Overseas Taiwanese Organization To Form in Japan

  The “overseas Chinese” community, which exercises great influence in Japan’s economic world, is about to suffer a great split.   Taiwanese residents and immigrants, long connected to multiple organizations in Japan, are planning to form a new organization called the “All Japan Taiwanese Union” (AJTU), multiple sources confirmed.   Most of the participants have […]

Lower House Passes Anti-Terror Bill, and It’s Criticism for the Sake of Criticism All Over Again

The Lower House of Representatives passed on May 23 the government’s Revised Organized Crime Punishment Law, which includes the provision of a new “anti-terror law,” with members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito Party providing the majority vote.   Opposition parties, such as the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Japanese […]

China Cites Ambiguous National Security Law to Detain 11 Japanese

Chinese authorities have detained 6 Japanese nationals for alleged espionage, bringing to 11 the number of Japanese nationals detained on charges of “Endangering National Security.” Detained this time were employees of a Japanese company involved in hot spring development, whose actions bear no connection to espionage.   It appears as though they have become unwitting […]

South Korea Alleges Conscripted Workers, but Japan Has the Facts

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives a letter of South Korean President Moon Jae-in from his special envoy Moon Hee-sang (left) on May 18th at Tokyo     In a meeting on May 17, Moon Hee-sang—special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Japan’s House Representative—told secretary general Toshihiro Nikai of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP): “While […]