Reconstruction Chief Imamura Resigns; Tohoku Gaffe “absolutely inexcusable,” says PM Abe

Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the morning of Wednesday, April 26, one day after causing an uproar with his statement about the 2011 East Japan earthquake.   “Good thing that the [2011 earthquake-tsunami] disaster hit the Tohoku region,” Imamura had said. “If it had happened closer to […]

Constitution Needs Review Amid North Korean Threat, But Diet is Busy with Other Things

Since the inauguration of the government’s second administration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met five times with a certain civilian to exchange opinions on international affairs, dining together at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence and so forth. The civilian in question is Edward N. Luttwak, senior associate at the major think tank, Center for Strategic […]

Time to Stop Opposing the Anti-Terror Bills for the Sake of Opposition

The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s Democratic Party, and other organizations have taken a firm position against legislation necessary for Japan to accede to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.   It is uncertain how U.S. President Donald Trump’s military attack on Syria, as well as China’s expansionism, North Korean threats, and South Korea’s coming […]

When Life Imitates Art: Trump’s Presidency and the Newfound Popularity of Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian fictions from half a century ago, such as English author George Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, have lately come back under the spotlight and their sales have increased considerably since the U.S. President Donald Trump took office. In Japan, America no kabe (America’s Wall) by sci-fi writer Sakyo Komatsu, is attracting attention.    1984 […]

Opinion: New Law is the First Step Toward Tackling a Terror Attack Against 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The international community has a variety of legal means at its disposal—such as the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime—for eradicating terrorist organizations. It is clear that the anti-terror bill is necessary if Japan is going to play a role as a member of the international community.   There are some who are drawing […]