Dec 20, 2015

How to combat the Islamic State

Islamic State and other radicals must be confronted, contained and destroyed, and how modern societies go about this effort will determine its success or failure.

Photographer sues government over travel ban to Syria

Jul 31, 2015

Photographer sues government over travel ban to Syria

A photographer is suing the government, claiming that a Foreign Ministry ban against him traveling to Syria or Iraq is unconstitutional. On Feb. 7, the ministry ordered Yuichi Sugimoto, who was planning to travel to Syria later that month, to surrender his passport. The ...

May 22, 2015

Government defends response to Islamic State hostage crisis

Tokyo on Thursday defended its response to the hostage crisis in which two Japanese nationals were believed slain by the Islamic State militant group. It cannot be said that there were mistakes in the government’s decisions and responses that dampened the possibility of rescuing ...

Journalist's new passport bans Iraq, Syria visits

Apr 11, 2015

Journalist's new passport bans Iraq, Syria visits

An experienced war photographer has vowed to fight the government after being issued a passport that specifically bars him from going to violence-wracked Iraq and Syria. Yuichi Sugimoto, who has been reporting from conflict zones for 20 years, had his passport confiscated in February ...