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Stumbling into Tragedy

Stumbling into Tragedy

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Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Movement at High Tide (Video)

On the day before the planned restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Shingetsu News Agency is re-releasing the…

Sachs vs. Murdoch on Climate Change (Video)

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

The World’s Thinnest Insulation

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…

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From hidden treasures to the just plain odd.…

So you’re coming to Tokyo, and you’ll need be able to get around. Tokyo is amazing as it is, but there is, literally, a lot below the surface.…

The Japan Travel and Tourism Association (JATA) annual “Tourism Expo Japan” wrapped up today after a three-day run. It bills itself as the largest tourism expo in the…

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

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Abe’s Coup in Seven Simple Steps

Abe’s Coup in Seven Simple Steps

In case anyone is wondering how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pulled off his coup against the postwar Japanese Constitution in just two-and-a-half years in power—and…

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…

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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…

Okinawa Elections: Keeping Democracy at Bay (Video)

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine Interview (Video)

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.