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JAXA Looks to Space for Future 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…

Sewol Disaster Hits Japanese Local Economy

Sewol Disaster Hits Japanese Local Economy

The April 16 tragedy of the MV Sewol in the territorial waters of South Korea has been exercising an impact on the local…

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Shibuya is one of Japan's most iconic locations.…

Lawmaker argues that wealth should be kept at home.…

The government deals itself all the cards in deciding what constitutes acceptable journalism about official policymaking.…

Freelance journalists raid the Diet kisha club building in order to properly report the massive protests against the Abe government's unilateral dismissal of the Japanese Constitution.…

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Colombia’s Origami Fashion in Roppongi Hills

Yu Terasawa on Japan’s Conformist Major Media

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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…

The Limits of Japan’s Solar Energy “Gold Rush”

The Limits of Japan’s Solar Energy “Gold Rush”

More than two years after the Fukushima disaster, the effects of the government’s first efforts to reduce the nation’s dependency on nuclear power are clearly visible to the…

Japan and Canada Move Forward on Energy and Security

Japan and Canada Move Forward on Energy and Security

Canada is one of those countries whose relations with Japan seldom prompt front page news. However, in addition to sharing some key interests, certain developments may help the…

Okinawa View all

Defense Ministry Breaks Local Resistance on Okinawa’s Yonaguni Island

Defense Ministry Breaks Local Resistance on Okinawa’s Yonaguni Island

Last year the Defense Ministry began floating a plan to the media suggesting that they wanted to build a GSDF radar base on the remote…

Beijing Questions Okinawa Sovereignty

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

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

A group of Japanese and foreign activists and concerned citizens staged a “die-in” in Tokyo’s Yoyogi…

Remains of Japanese POWs in Siberia

Japan and the Century Since World War I

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Reporters Without Borders Urges Abandonment of Secrecy Bill

Reporters Without Borders Urges Abandonment of Secrecy Bill

Reporters Without Borders, an organization founded in Montpellier, France, in 1985 for the purpose of preventing…

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan Hits Government Secrecy Bill

Society View all

It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World

The Japan Travel and Tourism Association (JATA) annual “Tourism Expo Japan” wrapped up today after a…

Godzilla’s New Stomping Grounds

Skytree Brings In 50 Million Visitors

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.