Mass Trans-Innovation Japan 2017

Drone Technologies Take Spotlight at Mass Trans-Innovation Japan

Mass Trans-Innovation Japan International Trade Fair, the joint exhibit for rail technology and systems infrastructure, was held in Makuhari-Messe for the 5th time from November 29 to December 1, 2017. Sponsored by Fuji-Sankei Business, the three-day event was attended by about 32,000 people. Amongst them were guests from foreign railway companies and governing bodies, such […]

Can Terror Tag Pressure North Korea to Release Japanese Abductees?

  Will this be a means for progress on the abduction issue?   On November 20th the United States announced that, once again, it was designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. It has been nine years since North Korea was last designated as such.     Economic aid to countries designated as sponsors of terrorism is […]

Bumpy Road Ahead for ‘Quad’ Initiative of US, Japan, Australia, India

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attend a trilateral meeting at ASEAN.      A recent meeting between officials from the United States, Japan, Australia, and India on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and has set the news circles aflutter not only in these countries, but […]

Editorial: Japan Should Fight to Scrap ‘Comfort Women’ Lies From UN Report

  The content of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) working group’s interim report has become extraordinarily tainted due to the unreasonable inclusion of submissions from both China and Korea.   There are demands for the Japanese government to issue an apology and extend compensation in relation to the comfort women issue. It is completely […]

Estimates Based on Facts: ‘200,000 Comfort Women’ Defies Math

  This piece was first published under the title “Seoul University professor denied the theory of comfort women as the sex slave” in Monthly Hanada Selection: Hopeless South Korea and Tragic President Park Geun-hye, a special December 2016 edition of the Japanese monthly magazine. JAPAN Forward is serializing it.   (Conclusion)   Part 1: Why […]

Inside the Niinamesai: The Emperor’s Most Difficult Ritual

 The Emperor continues to privately conduct the Niinamesai rituals. This picture was taken by the Imperial Household Agency in November 23, 2013, when he celebrated his 80th birthday.    Labor Thanksgiving Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on November 23rd. Even within Japan, however, most people aren’t aware this particular date was inherited from a pre-1945 imperial […]

Korea Had Long History of Trafficking in Women—Even Before the Japanese Came

  This piece was first published under the title “Seoul University professor denied the theory of comfort women as the sex slave” in Monthly Hanada Selection: Hopeless South Korea and Tragic President Park Geun-hye, a special December 2016 edition of the Japanese monthly magazine. JAPAN Forward is serializing it.   (Second of 3 parts)   […]

Why Korean Professor Believes Comfort Women Were Not Sex Slaves

  This piece was first published under the title “Seoul University professor denied the theory of comfort women as the sex slave” in Monthly Hanada Selection: Hopeless South Korea and Tragic President Park Geun-hye, a special December 2016 edition of the Japanese monthly magazine. JAPAN Forward is serializing it.   First of 3 parts   […]

Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Calls for ‘Expanding Number of Foreign Workers’

  On November 16th the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) issued a set of proposals for expanding the acceptance of foreign workers in Japan. In context of a worsening labor shortage in the construction industry and other sectors, the proposal notes that a greater utilization of foreign workers is necessary and further states […]

Trump’s Foreign Policy: A Free and Open Indo-Pacific

  President Donald Trump has just ended a surprisingly successful five-country first visit to Asia. His marathon 12-day tour began on a positive note with a warm reception by Japan’s government and people. There was much curiosity, but no demonstrations against, surrounding his visit—unlike those which occurred in the ROK and the Philippines. Regardless, there was […]