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This video blog focuses on the politics, economy, and society of Japan, with special attention to underappreciated sides of Japan, including stories that the mainstream Japanese media tends to ignore. More Info

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Independent Video News from Japan

Independent Video News from Japan

Japanese Banks and the Dakota Access Pipeline

January 5, 2017 by Michael Penn

SNA (Tokyo) — Activists call on three major Japanese banks to disinvest from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Categories: Politics

Shioya Town’s Struggle against Fukushima Radiation

February 17, 2016 by Michael Penn

Profile of the struggle of the local residents against a central government plan to make their community a site for the final disposal of highly radioactive materials from the Fukushima… Read more…

Categories: Politics

Day Service Las Vegas

October 31, 2015 by Michael Penn

Kaoru Mori, president of Japan Elderly Care Service, explains the concept and effectiveness of his Day Service Las Vegas initiative. 

Categories: Society

Japanese Students Protest the Security Bill

July 16, 2015 by Michael Penn

Japan’s era of politicized university campuses is but a distant memory, but at least some students have been mobilized by fears of the Shinzo Abe administration and the direction that… Read more…

Categories: Politics

Akihabara: Fusion of Technology and Fantasy

December 30, 2014 by Michael Penn

Akihabara symbolizes more than any other location the high-technology, quirky image that Japan had established worldwide by the 1980s. In recent decades, Akihabara has also developed its own unique culture,… Read more…

Categories: Travel

Okinawa Elections: Keeping Democracy at Bay

November 25, 2014 by Michael Penn

The people of Okinawa vote unmistakably to end the plan to build a new US Marine airbase at Henoko beach with the election of Governor Takeshi Onaga. Signs are few,… Read more…

Categories: Politics

An Interview with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine

November 16, 2014 by Michael Penn

Excerpts from my exclusive interview with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine as he reflects on US military bases, economic development, and the state of democracy in Okinawa. Filmed on location at… Read more…

Categories: Politics

The Rockin’ MPs of the Liberal Democratic Party

November 7, 2014 by Michael Penn

Four lawmakers of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party moonlight as a rock n roll band in Tokyo. This performance took place at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Tokyo on November… Read more…

Categories: Music