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About SNA Japan

The Shingetsu News Agency (SNA) was established in December 2010 by Michael Penn, a former university lecturer and journalist specialized in West Asian and Japanese history and politics.

The SNA aims to help fill the gap between the mainstream Japanese-language media, which is often well-resourced but burdened with a tendency to avoid investigative journalism and an unwillingness to communicate effectively with the outside world; and the foreign international media, whose presence in Tokyo is far weaker than most people realize, especially when it comes to video journalism. The net result is that Japan becomes a poorly understood nation both in its positive aspects as well as its negative dimensions.

The SNA’s dedicated team of journalists, cameramen, and video editors are working to reveal those under-appreciated sides of Japan both for our clients as well as for the benefit of international society and the public more generally.

If you are a video or print reporter who wishes to contribute a news package or article to the SNA, we now offer commissions for work that we are interested in.

For more information, we can be reached at shingetsunewsagency [at] gmail [dot] com.