Robert Williams joins WTR to discuss the activities of the Tokyo-based charity organization “Knights in White Lycra.”
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi says that a non-nuclear future for Japan has both the feasibility and widespread support for implementation—but not under the Abe Administration.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on March 11, 2018.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on December 27, 2017.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on December 19, 2017.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi explains why he radically changed his views on nuclear power.
Japan is taking a major step in its military strategy, conducting a large-scale amphibious drill designed to put on display its ability to conquer an island. This follows Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated references to the Falklands in his speeches, a polite and indirect, yet unequivocal way, of warning China that an “invasion” of the Senkaku-Diaoyu Islands would be met with an amphibious counterstrike.
We still don’t know exactly why Prime Minister Naoto Kan tapped former Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto for the high-profile post of Minister in Charge of Reconstructing Areas Ravaged by the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami, but we did discover today that he is certainly the wrong man for the job. Matsumoto was handed his important new responsibilities only a week ago, but clearly his sense of self-importance has inflated even more rapidly than his authority.
Times of tragedy are not something to be welcomed, but they are occasions within which able political leaders can thrive and fulfill their destiny. In ordinary times, of course, it is beneficial to have the coherence and sense of direction that strong leadership can bring, but during a severe national crisis ― when the public is confused and afraid ― these dynamic qualities become little short of necessary. How miserable it is, therefore, that Prime Minister Naoto Kan has signally failed to measure up to the challenge.
Footage of the March 11, 2011, earthquake as experienced in the Akasaka district of central Tokyo.