User Profile: Hirotoshi Kimura
This user has submitted 19 translations to Watching America.
One could be forgiven for seriously wondering if what we are dealing with right now might not be a Cold War redux: Russo-West relations have hit rock bottom, again, with Russian diplomats being expelled in quick succession by the U.S., among other countries.
The direct precipitant of all this geopolitical [Read more]
The road to peace may be long, but we need to work together with the survivors to realize a world without nuclear weapons, a world without war. [Read more]
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with President Obama for talks on China’s ongoing construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea. They talked about strengthening military cooperation and the possibility of Japanese deployments in the region. And Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida promised Japan will [Read more]
The military integration between Japan and the U.S. is insidiously afoot in Okinawa.
Our Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy have reportedly installed the latest model of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS), which extends over the Pacific side of the Nansei Islands, at the Okinawa Ocean Observatory of [Read more]
The Department of Defense, the U.S. military's virtual landlord in Japan, should be obligated to at least provide host towns and cities with critical information for evacuation planning. [Read more]
Either way, we need to be fully prepared for whoever wins the race. [Read more]
It has been found that U.S. Department of Defense officials had ordered military leaders stationed in Okinawa to remove the tents set up by its residents in front of the gates of Camp Schwab, a U.S. Marine Corps camp in Henoko, Nago City, and to keep the protesters off its premises.
That indicates governmental [Read more]
Freedom of speech and expression are the bedrock of democracy, which we must never allow a vile browbeating by anyone to make us abjure on any account.
As well as North Korea's direct involvement in the latest spate of cyberattacks, the FBI has confirmed the direct involvement of the North in threatening a [Read more]
History bears witness to repeated galling incidents and accidents involving the U.S. military. [Read more]
Just a year and four months ago in the residues of drums discovered in a soccer field in Okinawa, Japan, which was once part of the Kaneda Air Base of the U.S., the most pernicious of any dioxin substance was detected in high concentration. The U.S. military has been too irresponsible in not trying to investigate who [Read more]
It’s now almost three weeks before the midterm elections. The Republicans, aiming for a majority in the Senate, have begun to tap into “two scares” as campaign issues: the threat posed by the Islamic extremist group Islamic State, and a possible Ebola epidemic. On the latter front, they are lacing into President [Read more]
The global stock market has gotten increasingly unstable. In the United States, it’s nothing out of the ordinary anymore if the Dow Jones Industrial Average swings down more than $200 a day, and as a corollary to that, the Nikkei Index has fallen approximately 7 percent thus far this month.
A sense of wariness [Read more]
What a shame that the impetus for agreement might dissipate due to the tactlessness of these two supposed economic power engines. [Read more]
A bout of violent protests flared up in the U.S. over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. This series of events threw into stark relief how deeply etched racism is in U.S. history.
President Obama coasted to the presidency on his famous campaign slogan, "One America." With scarcely two [Read more]
It was 10 years ago that I last traveled to the United States. This time, I wanted to go to some major league baseball games. I visited three cities in all: Dallas, Boston and New York, with their own baseball teams — a Japanese player or two on each players’ list — the Rangers (Darvish), Red Sox (Uehara and [Read more]
A never-ending inflationary economy is simply a mirage and the global economy will most likely head gradually toward a deflationary one. [Read more]
Japan's defense policy and historical understanding have drawn such strong ire from The New York Times editorial board that some op-ed articles responding to the ongoing issues have bordered on ad hominem attacks against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. [Read more]
Owing to China's unruly behavior in its neighboring seas, the Asian seas are tumbling. Against this backdrop, an Asian security forum took place in Singapore. Japan and the U.S. squared off bitterly with China. Some reflection on the discussion would help throw into some sort of relief the role that Japan ought to play [Read more]
According to the media, in the June 3 joint session between the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and the New Komeito Party, the Abe administration made a proposal to the effect of changing, or — dare I say — gutting the official interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which states that on no [Read more]