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Fast Food Chains Crowd into Japanese Market

Foreign fast food and casual dining companies are ready to take a bite out of Japan's food market, in spite of the country's…

LCCs No Friend to Regional Revitalization

LCCs No Friend to Regional Revitalization

Local communities and governments hoping for an economic boost through a direct connection to Narita Airport's newly-opened Terminal 3 might be in for…

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Former Japanese leader says the focus should be on diplomacy and friendly relations.…

Japan Innovation Party leader Yorihisa Matsuno and a delegation of other party lawmakers are given a tour of Ground Self-Defense Forces Asaka Base on June 11, 2015.…

Interview with Sayo Saruta, Director of the New Diplomacy Initiative.…

From hidden treasures to the just plain odd.…

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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…

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Losing the Plot in Okinawa

Losing the Plot in Okinawa

The virtues of Shokichi Kina as an Okinawan folk musician are impossible to deny. Long after the man is dead and buried, his song “Hana”…

Henoko and Ferguson

Gloves Come Off on Henoko Base Construction

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 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 e-mail account, which has the prefix shingetsunewsagency.