Author: Julian Ryall

Germany is stepping up its commitment to global peace by providing personnel to the United Nations Command for the first time, a move welcomed by South Korea. The German contingent will contribute senior military personnel to monitor the armistice on the Korean Peninsula, showing international support in the face of authoritarian regimes. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol expressed gratitude for Germany’s application to join the UNC, highlighting the importance of maintaining peace in the region. As tensions rise, with North Korea forming security alliances with Russia, the involvement of more nations in upholding the armistice is crucial. German Influence…

Read More

Drones have become a crucial tool in modern warfare, offering advantages like precision targeting and reduced risk to human lives. Recent conflicts in Ukraine and between Armenia and Azerbaijan highlight the importance of drone technology in military operations. Microwave weapons have emerged as a potential defense against drones, using electromagnetic waves to disrupt their electronic components. Countries like Japan and the US are investing in research to develop effective countermeasures against drone threats. The evolving landscape of warfare underscores the need for innovative solutions to tackle drone technology and its impact on military strategies worldwide. North Korea is exploring drone…

Read More

As tensions rise over Taiwan and the US election, Japanese politicians are making their way to China for crucial talks. The visit, aimed at rekindling exchanges halted by the pandemic, is led by Banri Kaieda, a veteran politician known for his openness towards China. The agenda includes discussions on US election outcomes, trade, and energy security. Amidst political turmoil, the recent attempt on Donald Trump’s life adds a layer of complexity to the discussions. Despite differing opinions on the visit’s potential outcomes, there is a push for improved relations between Japan and China. Both sides are eager to navigate the…

Read More

Japanese demographer Yoshida recently revealed that the surname ‘Sato’ is becoming increasingly dominant in Japan, with 1.529% of the population having this name in 2023, a rise of 0.83% from 2022 due to social customs like marriage and inheritance. Of the 130,000 surnames in Japan, ‘Sato’ is the most common, solidifying its position each year as more women adopt their husband’s name post-marriage. Japanese shoppers in Tokyo on Thursday. When Japanese women get married, their surname is more often than not effectively erased. Photo: AFP Yoshida predicts that if this trend continues, half of Japan will be ‘Satos’ by 2446…

Read More

Amid challenges in Japan’s alcoholic beverages sector, companies are looking to expand globally, hoping consumers embrace premium sake, beer, and whisky. The industry faces declining domestic consumption due to demographic shifts and changing attitudes towards alcohol, with exports becoming critical for growth. Tourists bask in the glow of Japan’s weak yen To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Squeezed by foreign imports The sake market faces challenges from foreign imports, impacting Japan’s traditional drinks sector. Beer consumption lags behind other countries, leading companies to seek growth opportunities abroad. Kirin…

Read More

As the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) face challenges in recruiting new talent, experts point to a variety of factors contributing to the decline in interest. Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi, an assistant professor of international relations at the University of Tokyo, highlighted the discrepancy in lifestyle between civilian and military life as a deterrent for potential recruits. Additionally, a series of scandals, including cases of sexual assault and misconduct within the forces, have further tarnished the image of the SDF. Garren Mulloy, a professor at Daito Bunka University, emphasized the challenges SDF faces in competing with private companies in terms of salary and…

Read More

Authorities have confirmed 281 fatalities and three people are still listed as missing following the most powerful earthquake in Japan since 2011. The disaster left 1,300 people injured across six prefectures, prompting discussions about utilizing car ferries for emergency relief efforts while specialist ships are being commissioned. Debris from the Noto Peninsula earthquake piled up in Suzu, Japan. Photo: Kyodo Yoko Tsukamoto, a professor at the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, highlighted the need for hospital ships to assist during such disasters. She mentioned the challenges faced in providing medical care post-earthquake due to damaged infrastructure, emphasizing the importance of…

Read More

The people of Okinawa are outraged by recent cases of sexual assault involving US soldiers and the lack of response from the Japanese government. Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki expressed extreme anger over the assaults and called for action. Activists and local politicians demand better communication between local and national authorities to address these crimes and protect women’s rights. Despite the government’s failure to act, the ruling party’s popularity remains strong due to concerns about regional security and the threat posed by China. However, critics believe Tokyo should take responsibility for addressing these issues and ensuring the safety of Okinawan residents.…

Read More

Tokyo’s top government spokesman, Yoshimasa Hayashi, expressed regret over a buoy being placed without detailed information on its purpose. The ongoing dispute over Okinotorishima highlights the challenges Asian nations face in defining and protecting their maritime boundaries amidst increasing competition. However, experts argue that Japan may not have a strong case in claiming the waters around Okinotorishima due to its meager size and artificial construction. China asserts that Okinotorishima does not qualify as an island under the United Nations definition and is supported by South Korea and Taiwan. Tensions rise as China eyes the vast mineral resources in the nearby…

Read More

Government data reveals a concerning spike in bear encounters in Japan, with over 3,000 reported incidents in April and May alone. This surge in encounters has led to 37 attacks on people, resulting in two fatalities across 16 prefectures. In the town of Naie, where bears have become a recurring threat, efforts to control the population by local hunters have faced challenges due to inadequate compensation and the dangerous nature of bear hunting. Dogs ‘hunt’ for bears in Japan to protect them from human threats The town’s hunters have refused meager payment offers, citing the risks and expertise required for…

Read More