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Economy View all

Kuroda Appeals for Economic Momentum

The Japanese economy has emerged from recession, helped along by low oil prices and a surging stock market. But at a household level…

Abenomics Beyond the Nikkei

Abenomics Beyond the Nikkei

The Nikkei, Japan’s most important stock index, hit a 15-year high last Friday with closing figures above the 19,000 mark. The advance of…

Energy View all

Constructing the Eco-Homes of the Future

Constructing the Eco-Homes of the Future

Energy conservation has become a major topic in Japan over the past few years, not only because of the suspension of nuclear reactors after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster,…

JAXA Looks to Space for Energy Production

JAXA Looks to Space for Energy Production

The loss of public faith in nuclear energy since the March 11, 2011, triple disaster has once again put the Japanese nation on the hunt for new solutions…

Japan to Set Up LNG Futures Market

Japan to Set Up LNG Futures Market

Japan is completing steps to launch a derivatives market for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). While oil has long been traded in both spot and future markets, LNG remains…

Okinawa View all

Henoko and Ferguson

Henoko and Ferguson

The various dramas occurring today near Henoko beach, Okinawa, and the city of Ferguson, Missouri, undoubtedly have many points of difference, but it is worth…

Gloves Come Off on Henoko Base Construction

Defense Ministry Breaks Resistance on Yonaguni

Society View all

New Year’s Eve with the Shibuya Homeless

New Year’s Eve with the Shibuya Homeless

For seventeen years a private aid group has been feeding the homeless of Shibuya Ward during…

Demystifying Tokyo’s Train and Subway System

It’s a Small World

Godzilla’s New Stomping Grounds

About the Shingetsu News Agency

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’s home office is located in Santa Barbara County, California, but our intensive news-gathering activities take place primarily through our Tokyo branch office.

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 underappreciated sides of Japan both for our clients as well as for the benefit of international society and the public more generally.

For more information, we can be reached at our gmail.com e-mail account, which has the prefix shingetsunewsagency.