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Stumbling into Tragedy

Stumbling into Tragedy

Their Own Worst Enemies

Their Own Worst Enemies

Politics View all

Economy View all

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…

Fast Food Chains Crowd into Japanese Market

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…

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On the day before the planned restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Shingetsu News Agency is re-releasing the 22-minute documentary it made during…

Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, 91, explains why he supports public protests, and why he joined young demonstrators outside the Diet building to speak against the Abe War…

At the 93rd anniversary event of the Japan Communist Party, Chairman Kazuo Shii offered his view on how the so-called "Legislation for Peace and Security" will make future…

Jeffery Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, takes media mogul Rupert Murdoch to task for climate change denial.…

More on Video

Japanese Students Resist Shinzo Abe

Yukio Hatoyama on the “China Threat”

How the US-Japan Alliance Operates

Akihabara: Fusion of Technology and Fantasy

Okinawa Elections: Keeping Democracy at Bay

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

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

Asia Relations View all

The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace

Once again today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared it. As the House of Councillors begins…

China’s “Diplomatic Victory” over Japan

Gaza “Die-In” Staged in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park

Remains of Japanese POWs in Siberia

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 gmail.com e-mail account, which has the prefix shingetsunewsagency.