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Japanese Newspapers are Wonderful Publications That Should be Preserved for Future Generations

Hirohiko Iizuka is president and representative director of The Sankei Shimbun, the only Japanese mass media outlet that consistently and clearly maintains a conservative stance. Next year marks the newspaper’s 100th anniversary. Going forward, how should newspapers tackle drastically declining sales, an issue facing the entire industry? Toshio Motoya spoke with Iizuka about what makes […]

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Having Pride in One’s History is a Wonderful Thing

The Republic of Lebanon in the Middle East has a long history stretching back to before the Common Era, when it was a thriving Phoenician city-state. Toshio Motoya spoke with H.E. Mr. Nidal Yehya, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Embassy of Lebanon in Japan, about how Lebanon is recovering from the 15-year-long civil war […]

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To Maintain Peace, Talking About Military Affairs Cannot be a Taboo

Tokyo International University Professor Yuzo Fukui, who does research in the field of World War II military history, won the Prize for Excellence in the third APA Japan Restoration Grand Prize for his book The Japanese Army was the Strongest in the World: The Military That Made Stalin Tremble. Toshio Motoya spoke with Fukui about […]

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If the U.S. is to Fight, Japan Must Fight First

Tokyo Modern History Research Institute Chairman Michio Ochiai has won five prizes in the “True Interpretations of Modern History” Essay Contest and was also awarded the Prize for Excellence in this year’s third APA Japan Restoration Grand Prize. He exposes China’s deceptions in his prize-winning book The True Nature of the Chinese Communist Party That […]

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Japan and China Should Co-exist According to a Balance of Power

Having wanted to study abroad since she was a teenager, Keiko Kawasoe decided on China and began working as a writer after returning to Japan. She has published many works of nonfiction that give realistic pictures of China, and also won the Grand Prize (Fuji Seiji Prize) in the 13th Annual “True Interpretations of Modern […]

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Japan Accomplished Greater Things Than Any Other Nation in Human History

Eiji Yamashita was employed at a bank that did a great deal of overseas business, then switched careers to university professor. After continual research focused on international finance, the topic of his research in recent years is modern history. As dean of the International Research Institute of Controversial Histories (iRICH), he disavows the Supreme Commander […]

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Admiration for Heroes Would Invigorate Japanese Society

Member of the House of Representatives Kiyoshi Odawara learned about Japan’s terrible war defeat from his father, a Japan Self-Defense Forces official. He abandoned his fulfilling business career at a foreign-affiliated investment bank to work for Japan’s sake in the world of politics, and is now striving for constitutional revision, the return of the Northern […]

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The Peleliu Garrison Waged a Fight That Earned Praise From its Enemies

Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, has ties with Japan stretching back 100 years and was placed under Japanese administration during World War I. Many Japanese words are still used in Palau today. Toshio Motoya spoke with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Francis Mariur Matsutaro about topics including Palau’s close connections with Japan, appealing […]

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The COVID-19 Crisis is an Opportunity to Restart the World From Scratch

His Excellency Mr. Carlos Pere is ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Panama, a country that has long flourished as a place for shipping gold and treasure, and is home to the Panama Canal, an important maritime traffic route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Today, it is the most economically developed of […]

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We Must Firmly Refute and Put an End to Baseless Criticisms

Dentist and Taijukai Chairman Kentaro Harutsugu was born into a family of physicians – both his father and younger brothers are doctors. He built a medical corporation with the largest number of clinics in Western Japan. As someone with a similarly conservative way of thinking, Toshio Motoya spoke with Harutsugu about topics including maintaining youthfulness, […]

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