89 Japanese Scholars Oppose UNESCO Registration of ‘Comfort Women’ Documents

  Eighty-nine Japanese scholars on October 16 issued a statement to oppose a joint application filed by various groups from eight countries for the registration of documents pertaining to wartime “comfort women” in the UNESCO Memory of the World listings.   The UNESCO International Advisory Committee is meeting on October 24 to decide whether to […]

African Vibe: Youssou N’Dour Sings Songs of Hope at Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards Reception

  The awards ceremony for the so-called “Nobel Prize of Arts”—the 29th Præmium Imperiale International Arts Award in honor of Prince Takamatsu—was held on Wednesday, October 18th, at the Meiji Kinenkan (Moto-Akasaka, Tokyo), in the presence of His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi.   This year’s awards feature two African laureates, Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour and […]

If Japan Doesn’t Go Nuclear, What Are the Options?

  North Korea’s advances in its nuclear and ballistic missile program has drastically altered the security environment confronted by Japan.   Further, Japan is facing the reality that the longstanding post-World War II national defense policy of senshu bouei (strictly defensive only) is becoming irrelevant and obsolete for dealing with the current crisis.   First, […]

Honor and Responsibility: 2017 Laureates on What the Præmium Imperiale Means to Them

The laureates and international advisors of the 29th The Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards held a press conference on Tuesday, October 17, at the Hotel Okura Tokyo in Toranomon, ahead of the awards ceremony.   Awardees from five divisions, who were set to be honored in an October 18th dinner, were present: Iranian-American artist Shirin […]

In Reviewing US China Policy, Consider Taiwan

  As United States President Donald Trump prepares for his first trip to China in November, senior US officials actively consult with Chinese counterparts and reportedly review important aspects of US China policy. Taiwan, which was mooted early in the administration without follow-through, is long overdue for a policy review; Taiwan should figure prominently in […]