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.
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In just this year, seven monks have torched themselves in protest of restrictions at Kirti monastery, in the Aba district of Sichuan Province. Prior to self-immolation, each monk called for Chinese authorities to permit the homecoming of the 14th Dalai Lama. The burnings follow upon earlier suicides by a dozen monks and a nun.    […]

Coco Chanel famously said: “My friends, there are no friends.” The French fashion designer, a Nazi collaborator during the wartime occupation, would have found a comfortable fit in with the “Friends of Libya” in New York. The meeting, a sequel to an earlier summit in Sarkozy’s Paris, is aimed at expanding international support for the […]

A virtual unknown to the world, Japan’s new prime minister is Yoshihiko Noda, who has just scored an upset in the 5-way premiership race as the dark horse of the Finance Ministry. If you’re not interested in money, that’s all there is to know so go back to playing your computer game. If, however, you’ve  […]

The handshake between President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong that began the integration of the People’s Republic of China into the international community has just reached its apotheosis. Over the past two weeks, a series of muted codewords and subtle gestures may not have exhibited the drama of the Nixon-Mao breakthrough yet it nevertheless […]

Harare – The Summit of the 3Z Alliance today announced that its Defence Ministries have declared a No-Fly Zone over Londonstan to prevent human-rights abuses against the democratic opposition forces led by the heroic Tottenham United Front (TUF). The 3Z Alliance, the military union of Zimbabwe, Zambia and former Zaire, has sent a diplomatic note […]

This year’s Salafist-led rebellion in Libya, backed by the Western powers, pumped new blood into Islamist militancy worldwide. In Xinjiang, the U.S.-promoted Jasmine Revolution provided water for the seed planted by Omar Ibn Khattab. The question remains: Can that tender sprout of an Islamist Republic of East Turkestan survive under the blistering heat of a sun that rises out of the east?

Residents and expatriates inside one of Beijing’s last unspoiled hutongs or traditional alleyways, are being stunned by the exposure of slave-like working conditions and violent attacks on laborers at a construction site in their usually calm neighborhood. Wudaoying is a retreat for expats and the urban elite with its row of restaurants including the Vineyard […]

For nearly two decades, the World Bank and United Nations hailed the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) as a corporate model of environmental responsibility Japan’s major utility was seen as an exemplary member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, along with its technology partners GE, Toshiba and Hitachi. To fulfill emission cuts under […]

The decommissioning of the Fukushima 1 nuclear plant is delayed by a single problem: Where to dispose of the uranium fuel rods? Many of those rods are extremely radioactive and partially melted, and some contain highly lethal plutonium. Besides the fissile fuel inside the plant’s six reactors, more than 7 tons of spent rods have […]

  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 […]

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