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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…

Abenomics’ Arrows Yet to Hit the Mark

Abenomics’ Arrows Yet to Hit the Mark

One of the major reasons for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reelection last December, apart from a weakened and divided opposition, was the stability…

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From hidden treasures to the just plain odd…

The people speak, but who listens?…

Inamine reflects on US military bases, economic development, and the state of democracy in Okinawa…

There's a whole lotta shaking going on in Tokyo…

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Shibuya: Icon of Modernity and Loyalty

Mito Kakizawa Discusses His Casino Support

Energy View all

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…

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…

Okinawa View all

Gloves Come Off on Henoko Base Construction

Gloves Come Off on Henoko Base Construction

The determination of the leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party to get tough on the Henoko base construction issue is becoming apparent to close observers.…

Defense Ministry Breaks Resistance on Yonaguni

Beijing Questions Okinawa Sovereignty

Asia Relations View all

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

US Relations View all

Reassessing Japan and the Iraq War

Reassessing Japan and the Iraq War

When Ross Caputi was sent to fight in the Second Battle of Fallujah, Iraq, with the…

Japanese Rightists Turn to the White House

Chinese Air Zone Exposes US-Japan Limits

Media View all

Giving the Asahi Shinbun Something to Fear

Giving the Asahi Shinbun Something to Fear

The history of Japanese war crimes committed during the Pacific War, and who should take responsibility…

The Sankei Shinbun’s Struggle for Relevance

The Yomiuri Shinbun Takes Pride in Its Shame

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

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.