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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…

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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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…

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

Lawmaker argues that wealth should be kept at home.…

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Lawrence Repeta on Japan’s New Secrecy Law

Raid on the Diet Press Hall

Energy View all

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 Security

Japan and Canada Move Forward on 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

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

Japanese Rightists Turn to the White House

Japanese Rightists Turn to the White House

It has been little noticed in the mainstream media, but Japanese conservatives and their allies desiring…

Chinese Air Zone Exposes US-Japan Limits

Prime Minister Abe and the Hudson Institute

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Urging the Abandonment of the Secrecy Bill

Urging the Abandonment of the Secrecy Bill

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

FCCJ Hits Government Secrecy Bill

Society View all

Demystifying Tokyo’s Train and Subway System

Demystifying Tokyo’s Train and Subway System

So you’re coming to Tokyo, and you’ll need be able to get around. Tokyo is amazing…

It’s a Small World

Godzilla’s New Stomping Grounds

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.