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User Profile: Hirotoshi Kimura

About Hirotoshi Kimura
I am a freelance translator specializing in Japanese-to-English translation. My areas of expertise include American politics and international affairs.

This user has submitted 19 translations to Watching America.

The West’s Deep-Seated Distrust of Russia

April 13, 2018 // Nikkei - Japan - Japanese

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 Self-Defense Forces Are Expanding

December 8, 2015 // Miyanichi Press - Japan - Japanese

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 Secret Japan-US Military Integration

September 25, 2015 // Okinawa Times - Japan - Japanese

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]

Cyberattacks: We Mustn’t Back Down!

December 28, 2014 // Ryūkyū Shimpō - Japan - Japanese

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]

Stock Market Spurs US Companies into Reform

October 21, 2014 // Nihon Keizai Shinbun - Japan - Japanese

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 I Felt in America

January 25, 2014 // SEIRON - Japan - Japanese

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]

Will Japan Have Two Armies, for the World and the US?

June 17, 2014 // Osaka Nichinichi Shinbun - Japan - Japanese

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]