Raise U.S. defense spending now

Sep 9, 2014

Raise U.S. defense spending now

by Robert Samuelson

The Obama White House and Congress are systematically reducing America's military power as if the Ukraine crisis, the expansion of the Islamic State's footprint and China's harassment of ships in disputed waters have not happened in the past year.

Aug 26, 2014

Women's needs to get greater emphasis in disaster policies

The Abe administration is hoping to give women’s voices greater prominence in crafting policies to deal with disasters and in resolving international conflicts, according to the current version of an upcoming action plan. Officials are aiming to compile the action plan for women, peace ...

Aug 21, 2014

Seabed drilling off Henoko

The Abe administration's approval of the start of seabed drilling off Henoko, Okinawa, shows that it is not much concerned with winning the support of Okinawans as it pushes for construction of a new facility to replace U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma.

Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

Aug 18, 2014

Drilling survey begins for Futenma relocation project

The Defense Ministry on Monday started drilling in waters off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, where a new airstrip for the facility intended to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma will be built, a senior ministry official said. The drilling survey will cover 16 sites ...

Aug 15, 2014

Okinawa boaters pester defense workers at new base site

The Japan Coast Guard shooed away protesters Friday as the Okinawa Defense Bureau tried to install buoys and floats off Nago’s Henoko district to protect the site expected to host the replacement facility for a contentious U.S. Marine base in Ginowan. Activists sailed out ...


Jul 23, 2014


by Giovanni Fazio

The old Godzilla movies made by Japan’s Toho studio between 1954 and 2004 were B-grade monster movies. They were cheesy and primitive, for the most part, but displayed the charm of inventive filmmakers who were trying to transcend the limitations of budget and technology ...