Which Country’s Interests Does Nikai’s Pro-China Diplomacy Serve?

    As a foreign correspondent for most of the several decades of my journalism career, following trends in the Japan-United States-China trilateral relationship has been instructive in virtually every post.   One of the interesting observations I have made is that whenever the US-China relationship deteriorates, and the Japan-US alliance becomes stronger, one particular […]

History Wars: China Ignores Facts to Weaponize the Past

  Late last year, according to multiple sources, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited the ambassadors of at least 16 countries to a December 13th ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall.   “The nation’s chairman is expected to attend,” the invitation read, “so those ambassadors attending the memorial ceremony may afterwards be able […]

‘Buddhist Way is Not to Discriminate,’ says Priest Who Cremated North Koreans’ Remains

  The cremated remains of 10 bodies from North Korea, which washed ashore along the coastline of Akita Prefecture,- between November and December 2017, are being stored at a Soto Sect Buddhist Temple, Tohzenji in the coastal city of Oga.     The city government entrusted the remains to the temple, where Buddhist priest Ryosen […]

History Wars:  Japanese Taxpayers Funding Anti-Japan Activists

Aerial view of Hashima (or Gunkanjima), the UNESCO’s cultural heritage of the world   The KAKEN database is a record of research carried out with the financial support of “Kakenhi” (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research). These grants are distributed by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbu-kagakusho, or MEXT), as well as […]

Editorial: iPS Paper Falsified, Shinya Yamanaka to Fulfil Responsibility

  On January 22, it was revealed that an assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA – headed by Shinya Yamanaka) carried out fabrication and falsification of a research paper.   Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are a type of pluripotent cell which can differentiate into any type of […]

North Korea at the PyeongChang Olympics is Just Politics

  North Korea will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held this February in PyeongChang, South Korea. This announcement is rather surprising to many observers, as the lack of athletes that can represent North Korea on the international stage made their participation unlikely. Whether for political or diplomatic gain, Pyongyang has made its decision.     […]