There is probably no better method of predicting what people and institutions might do in the future than to have an accurate understanding of their behavior in the past. So much of what is popularly taken as surprising and “unpredictable” might easily have been foreseen by a better knowledge of the contexts, experiences, and the previous actions of the players involved in the construction of an event. When powerholders attempt to suppress the records of official behavior, it is therefore not simply the concern of a handful of cloistered intellectuals, but a matter that can be expected to have real-world impact on future policymaking and the fate of ordinary citizens.
Shibuya is one of Japan’s most iconic locations.
Michael Penn urges Tokyo and Washington to respect the will of the Okinawan voter.
Footage of the March 11, 2011, earthquake as experienced in the Akasaka district of central Tokyo.
Protesters against Okinawa military base treated roughly by police outside US Embassy in Tokyo, including one man pulled across the road by his hair.