Princess Aiko’s Yearbook Essay: “Praying for Peace in the World”

On March 22, the Imperial Household Agency announced that Toshinomiya Aiko-sama, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, had written an essay for Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School memorial yearbook on the occasion of her graduation. Princess Aiko’s essay, titled “Praying for Peace in the World,” is reprinted below in full:   […]

Getting Shut Out from a Chinese Press Conference Is No Accident

On March 15, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry to a press conference convened by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after the close of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. At a press conference held on March 16, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained, “Several thousand reporters from China and abroad participated in journalistic […]

Editorial: China’s Suppression of Press Freedom Fits a Troubling Pattern

At a 2014 summit meeting with then-president Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping said “China, recognizing the people’s legitimate rights of freedom of expression and other freedoms, protects the interests of journalistic institutions in accordance with the law.” Did he really mean what he said?   Last week, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry […]

China’s Attack on a Sankei Reporter Is a Threat to the Freedom of All Journalists

“Are you annoyed [that you were kept out of the press conference]?” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying asked. She then paused before adding, “If so, then work harder so that you are allowed to attend next year.” A Sankei Shimbun reporter was kept out of the press conference held with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang […]

“Our turn is next” – An Exclusive Interview with the Prime Minister of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, being interviewed by the Sankei Shimbun (Photo Yoshikazu Hiroike)     The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in Dharamsala in northern India. Their prime minister, Lobsang Sangay, recently visited Japan and agreed to an exclusive interview with the Sankei Shimbun. PM Sangay spoke of the Chinese government’s oppression […]

Sankei Shimbun reporter denied entry to press conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, convened a press conference following the close of the National People’s Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on March 15. However, the reporter covering the event for the Sankei Shimbun was denied entry to the conference. The Sankei Shimbun […]

Territorial Disputes Drive Arms Race in East Asia

As regional conflicts continue to escalate in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and East Asia, investments in military and security budgets around the world are growing.   For example, the new US administration recently proposed a 10% increase ($54 billion) in its military budget, already the largest in the world. The Stockholm International Peace Research […]

Why Donald Trump Should Visit Yasukuni

At their recent summit meeting in the United States, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. president Donald J. Trump reaffirmed that the Japan-U.S. alliance is unshakeable. The United States also expressly said that it would use every military means at its disposal, including both conventional forces and nuclear weapons, in order to defend Japan from […]

Did Murakami’s “Killing Commendatore” Restart a History War?

An unforeseen proxy war is escalating over world-famous author Haruki Murakami’s first new full-length novel in four years, Killing Commendatore (Kishidancho Goroshi). In the book, one of Murakami’s characters expresses his doubts about the number of victims of the Nanjing Incident in 1937 which occurred under the Japanese military’s occupation of China during the Fifteen-Year […]

“We will bring the abductees home” – An Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister Abe

March 2017 marks twenty years since the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea formed a group to represent their concerns. On the eve of this anniversary, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for an exclusive interview with Yukan Fuji—the Sankei Shimbun’s evening newspaper—in which he said that solving the abduction issue, a stark […]