Japan’s Transfer of Bullet Train Technology A Mistake. China, Of Course, Has Copied It

  “China’s high speed rail technology is already far better than the Japanese Bullet Train, Shinkansen.” That was how, six years ago, Wang Yongping, head of the Chinese Railway Ministry’s advertising department, refuted allegations of intellectual piracy.   In an interview with China’s state news agency Xinxua on July 7, 2011, he said that Chinese […]

South Korean President Looks to Missile-Playing Pyongyang to Jointly Probe Japan On WWII Labor Issue

The city buses in Seoul started carrying plastic replicas of the “comfort women” statues   On August 15th, as part of the National Liberation Day ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese control, President Moon Jae-in touched upon the issue of conscripted laborers, saying “the suffering continues of […]

Abductee Rescue Team Under the Prime Minister Should Be Created — Nakayama

  It has been four decades at least since dozens of Japanese citizens were abducted by North Korean state agents in Japan, yet the problem has yet to be resolved, anything bold and significant yet to be done by the government to get them back home. What can—and should—be done, immediately?     Kyoko Nakayama, […]

Given, Trump is Appalling; Japan Should Help Shape US Policy on Asia

    Roughly four months into United States President Donald Trump’s government, the issues and challenges that confront it, in both domestic policy and foreign affairs, have become apparent.   On the domestic front, his attention-grabbing campaign pledges—such as limiting entry of Muslim immigrants into the country and building a wall along the Mexican border—have […]

Letter to Megumi: We hope you’ll return to the Japanese Summer and Your Mother’s Stew

Megumi(center) had happy time travelling to Hiroshima with her parents Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, and her little brothers Takuya and Tetsuya.     Hello, Megumi.   Summer has come in Japan. It is greener and greener by the day. Your favorite flowers are in bloom all over.   Megumi, we remember you with such fondness! […]