Yoichi Shimatsu
Yoichi Shimatsu who is Editor at Large at the 4th Media is a free lance journalist based in Hong Kong. He is former Editor of the Japan Times Weekly. Mr. Yoi is a former Tsinghua University lecturer. He's been regularly writing to several global media outlets including US, China and so on. He's been frequently sitting on CCTV News, Blue Ocean Network TV and other global media outlets in China, Hong Kong and other countries.

  The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has all the hallmarks of a sting operation, a set-up scripted and staged by the American financial elite. The charges against him appear to be part of a coup to regain American control over the IMF to prevent the dollar’s slide […]

As radioactive fallout spreads across the Tohoku and Kanto regions, the Japanese public has a stark choice: protect nuclear power or save democracy. Over two decades of economic decline, attempts at superficial reform have failed miserably. A democratic revolution – broader and deeper than the Meiji upheaval of 1868 – must be initiated at whatever the cost or Japan faces destruction as a nation of radiation victims or hibakusha. The decision confronts us here and now: die or fight.

At the time, Bin Laden was on kidney dialysis, which forced him to stoop as he walked. His condition was serious enough to warrant rumors of his death by the end of 2001. Many online news sites have noted the inconsistencies in subsequent audio messages claiming to be from Bin Laden. Within a few years, even those messages were halted, perhaps by a botched cosmetic surgery procedure. After a long pause, Bin Laden was apparently resurrected in his third incarnation, the suspect known as Geronimo.

After dropping out of design school in New York, he frequented Atlantic City casinos to gamble at blackjack as a full-time profession and apparently sold poker chips to visiting Chinese tourists. Again, Ai Weiwei was only a short step from the mahjong tables in western China villages, the gathering points of the underworld of the countryside.

… suspected that some Caochangdi galleries were used as a conduit for European and American intelligence funding for protests, including the failed Jasmine Revolution on Wangfujin shopping avenue. U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman’s covert presence at the first protest with a pair of Marine bodyguards, caught on video by April Media, was followed by his Shanghai speech calling for the release of Ai Weiwei and Liu Xiaobo. This sort of interventionist foreign “solidarity” does nothing to dispel suspicions or disprove accusations. It seems that his sponsors in the United States, Netherlands and Germany are intent on pushing Ai Weiwei onto the gallows as a sacrificial victim. They don’t have to push hard.

The smoke and mirrors at Fukushima 1 seem to obscure a steady purpose, an iron will and a grim task unknown to outsiders. The most logical explanation: The nuclear industry and government agencies are scrambling to prevent the discovery of atomic-bomb research facilities hidden inside Japan’s civilian nuclear power plants.

A secret nuclear weapons program is a ghost in the machine, detectable only when the system of information control momentarily lapses or breaks down. A close look must be taken at the gap between the official account and unexpected events.

Author: Yoichi Shimatsu, former associate editor of Pacific and editor of the Japan Times Weeky, has reported on the rise of Islamic militancy in North Africa since the early 1990s. If there’s ever been a fateful name for a military operation, it’s Odyssey Dawn, the cipher for the ongoing attack on Libya. The name comes […]

The international community is well aware of the double standard in policy. The US quietly applauded Israeli air strikes against Saddam Hussein’s Osirak nuclear-energy plant in 1981 and has since demanded ever-stricter sanctions against Tehran and Pyongyang. Yet Washington refuses to lead by example, shrugging off the anti-nuclear movement’s pleas to stop plans for new reactors and shunning calls from the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for total nuclear disarmament. America’s campaign for an atomic monopoly, or at least nuclear dominance, is driving smaller powers toward obtaining a deterrence capability. These nations aren’t some “axis of evil”; they’re just playing the survival game by the rules – not the words – set by Washington.

USA stands for United Steel (Workers) of America. The meltdown of a single core reactor would make any human presence impossible on site. Without the maintenance work of water injection, the other reactors would sooner than later also undergo meltdown. When one goes, the others will soon follow. The Japanese government now openly accepts the possibility of a core meltdown of Unit 2, which completely lost all its water content for a short time yesterday when a portable generator ran out of diesel fuel. Human error is becoming an understandable problem with the high casualty toll among plant workers, exhaustion and lack of equipment on the tsunami-swept site.

Most people assume that the meticulous Japanese are among the world’s most responsible citizens. As an investigative journalist who has covered the Hanshin (Kobe) earthquake and the Tokyo subway gassing , I beg to differ. Japan is just better than elsewhere in organizing official cover-ups.

Yoichi Shimatsu, Senior Advisor to the 4th Media, based in Hong Kong, covered the rise of Islamic militancy in North Africa in the 1990s for the Japan Times group. In the 2005 political thriller “Syriana”, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, Qatar is at the heart of an international intrigue. The title was based on […]

Most people around the world assume that the war on terrorism since the 9-11 attacks definitively ended any American and British support for Islamist insurgents. It didn’t. Washington isn’t just double-dealing; it’s been triple-dealing in Tripoli. Oil and Religion In possibly his last televised speech, Qadhafi described himself as a child of the desert, a “Bedouin revolutionary” who dared to challenge the colonial powers and their regional puppets.

From George Bush’s Freedom Strategy to Obama’s Islamic policy, Washington has pursued a dual approach in the turbulent region: supporting military-based alliances with authoritarian regimes; while urging popular agitation for free and fair elections. The intention was to use democracy protests as a coercive tool to prod authoritarian regimes into cooperating with America’s strategic designs, but now the unimaginable has happened – democracy is winning.

The Egyptian people, the Arab world and the international community respect the real power that can enforce peace, not just wishes and words about peace. Right or wrong, great leaders are judged by their actions and not by their compromises.

This essay by Liu Xiao-bo is a  conservative broadside against: – the Sunshine Policy of the Korean Democratic Party (referenced in the title as  a nourishing gift to the North Korea). – the attempt to “buy” the Nobel Peace Prize for then South Korean President Kim Dae-jung; – Beijing’s support for the attempt at peaceful reunification of […]

Manipulation of public perceptions has since advanced along the learning curve from MacArthur to the Pentagon’s “MacWar” bureaucracy. On Yeonpyeong Island, for instance, South Korean gunners positioned their self-propelled howitzers not in an open field but behind a ridge, causing the North Koreans to hit the village on the facing slope. The Western press could then lead the world to believe that Pyongyang had targeted innocent civilians. The media chorus accusing Pyongyang of “provocation” ignores the fact that the South Korean side had initiated the gunfire.

The Korean situation differs somewhat because Pyongyang is superimposing a new strategic layer atop the existing Pacific triangle of China, Russia and the United States. In reaction to the centrifuge report, Seoul jumped the gun by calling for the reintroduction of tactical nuclear weapons on its territory after a lapse of 19 years. After the recent artillery exchange, Seoul retracted its threat.

As the mirage of a non-nuclear Korean Peninsula dissipates, the prospect of an East Asian nuclear triangle beckons Japan. Though Asians will voice strong objections, Tokyo may soon have to walk out from under the American nuclear umbrella and into the hard rain, just as Tel Aviv and Tehran have done. The superpower era is over, and so a multipolar world for its own security must create a new architecture of nuclear terror.

BANGKOK—Barack Obama, who spent his formative years in Indonesia, is the kid from the block who grew up to be commander-in-chief of the world’s greatest power. As such, he was expected to return wrapped in glory, but instead this local hero came as a prophet of doom. On his four-nation tour, Obama delivered harsh messages […]

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