In Moon Jae-in’s South Korea, Author of Comfort Women Book Adjudged Guilty

  During the 1990s, iron spikes caused a surprising increase of anti-Japanese sentiment among the South Korean people. These spikes were accidentally discovered on top of the mountains encircling Seoul. A rumor then quickly spread that, during the colonial period, Japanese imperialists had driven these spikes into the mountains to destroy the spirit of the Korean people.   […]

After Landslide Victory, Abe Has To Deliver on Dealing with North Korean Crisis

  With the landslide election victory by the mainly-Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-Komeito coalition, the foundation has been laid for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to continue his medium- to long-term strategy.   Some analysts have said that the LDP win was due to the divided opposition. However, the bigger reason is probably voters’ judgment that only […]

40 Years After Abductions, North Korean Espionage Continues Inside and Outside Japan

  United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania will visit Japan November 5-7. On the 6th, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a US-Japan Summit and meet with the family of Megumi Yokota, a victim of North Korean abduction. Trump’s visit to Japan amid increasing tension in the region is […]

Editorial: Time For A Hardline Approach to Diplomacy With China

  We must prepare to be increasingly vigilant and undertake a hardline approach to diplomacy, commensurate with an abnormally centralized power and the destruction of the international order.   With the close of the 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the elected party leadership has consolidated the rule of Chinese President Xi […]

Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection on Exhibit November 3 to December 17

Matching pair of sword guards Design by Kongosai (Matsuo) Gassan (1815-1875). 19th C. Nezu Museum, formerly Mitsumura Collection.   From November 3rd until December 10th, 2017, Nezu Museum is holding an exhibition of some of the most exquisite swords and sword fittings in Japan. It features the collection of Toshimo Mitsumura, a Meiji period businessman and […]

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Giveaway: Get Tickets for You and a Friend to the ‘Fear in Painting’ (Kowai-e) Exhibition

The highly popular Fear in Painting exhibition is on display at the Ueno Royal Museum and finishes Sunday, December 17. If you missed out when the exhibition was on at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, JAPANForward would like to give you and a friend another chance at seeing Kowai-e in Tokyo. There will be only 10 tickets […]

India’s Northeastern Region Gets Attention for Japanese Cooperation

  The recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India will be remembered for many things, especially the attention given to Japan-India cooperation in the infrastructure sector. They launched projects, like the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor and the focus on the AAGC (Asia-Africa Growth Corridor).   However, there is another part of India that […]

Dear Megumi: The Fifth Abductee Was Released, but I Am Still Waiting for You to Return Home

Sakie Yokota walks with her children. Megumi (right) was with family 42 years ago.    Dear Megumi,   It’s autumn, the season when the clear sky seems so distant and nature transforms into a beautiful deep green in Japan. At times I almost lose hope, but the support from all those who have sworn to […]

Japanese Car Manufacturers’ Association Should Step in Kobe Steel Crisis

The automobile industry, a leader in the domestic manufacturing, is feeling the ramifications of the falsification of Kobe Steel quality control data. The affected aluminum, copper, and steel products are used widely in automobiles, so trust in Japanese manufacturing is dramatically shaken.    At this stage, no problems concerning the vehicle safety have been reported, […]

Shakeup in Kim Jong-un’s Party Indicates Pyongyang’s Internal Crisis

  On October 10, the anniversary of the Korea Workers’ Party (KWP), North Korea did not make further military provocations, including additional missile and/or nuclear tests. Given the persistent desire of Kim Jong-un to possess nuclear-equipped missiles that can reach the United States mainland, however, US-North Korea military tensions are destined to remain high. That […]

Fresh From Election Victory, Will Shinzo Abe Get People’s Support for Constitutional Revision?

  Good fortune continues to be with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In the 48th election for the House of Representatives, the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito once again scored major victories. No other LDP prime minister has presided over three victorious elections for the House of Representatives and two for the House […]