Editorial: At the North Korea Summit Meetings, Demand the Immediate Return of Abductees

  The international situation surrounding North Korea is changing rapidly, and recent developments could present the perfect opening to resolve the abduction issue. It goes without saying that complete resolution entails the return of all abductees, and such an opportunity must not be missed.    An Inter-Korean summit meeting is set to take place on […]

Editorial: Where is Japan’s Response to Russia’s Novichok Nerve Agent Attack?

  A former Russian military intelligence officer living as a refugee in Britain and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent known as Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury, England. Both lost consciousness and were hospitalized in critical condition.   The assault was, beyond doubt, a grave violation of international law. Russia, however, […]

Editorial: Nao Kodaira’s Gold Medal Reminds Us of Olympic Values

  On February 18, Nao Kodaira won the gold medal in the women’s 500-meter speed skating event at the PyeongChang Olympics. Of course, Kodaira’s new Olympic record and magnificently powerful skating were amazing, but even more stunning was her behavior after the race.       Of all the athletes competing, it was Kodaira, whose […]

Don’t Let North Korea Steal Olympics Spotlight from the Athletes

    An Olympics story has been told, over the decades, of a certain live radio broadcast from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Japanese athlete Hideko Maehata and German Martha Genenger fought a ferocious battle in the finals of the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. The announcer of Japanese public broadcasting NHK repeated this call 24 times: “Go, […]

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 […]