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Stumbling into Tragedy

Stumbling into Tragedy

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The World’s Thinnest Insulation

The Panasonic Corporation has unveiled a new product which their developers describe as the world’s thinnest insulation. They call it the NASBIS high-performance…

Abenomics is Dying

Abenomics is Dying

A policy begins when it is announced by its policymakers, but it can be a much trickier matter to judge when a policy…

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Protest of the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy.…

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

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

From hidden treasures to the just plain odd.…

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Okinawa Elections: Keeping Democracy at Bay

An Interview with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine

Rockin’ the Liberal Democratic Party

Shibuya: Icon of Modernity and Loyalty

Mito Kakizawa Discusses His Casino Support

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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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Democracy at Stake in New Battle of Okinawa

Democracy at Stake in New Battle of Okinawa

On November 16, a new governor was elected in Okinawa, Japan, pledging to take on the governments of both Japan and the United States to…

Losing the Plot in Okinawa

Henoko and Ferguson

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.