Michael Penn

Michael Penn

Michael Penn is president of the Shingetsu News Agency, and author of the book, "Japan and the War on Terror: Military Force and Political Pressure in the US-Japanese Alliance".

Asia Pacific

Open most hours: The labour woes of Japan's convenience stores

Japan is opening the door to more migration to counter the tight labour market.

Open most hours: The labour woes of Japan's convenience stores

G20

Trade war escalation averted as US-China agree to resume talks

Despite a reprieve for Beijing in the US-China trade war, analysts say much more work needs to be done.

Trade war escalation averted as US-China agree to resume talks

Trade War

Slipping away? US-China trade deal appears elusive at G20 summit

A US official describes the tone from Chinese negotiators as 'negative' as Trump and Xi prepare for crucial meeting.

Slipping away? US-China trade deal appears elusive at G20 summit

Trade War

Deal or no deal? Risks of deepening trade war loom at G20 talks

The US accused China of reneging on promises. China accused the US of 'economic terrorism'. Can Trump & Xi make a deal?

Deal or no deal? Risks of deepening trade war loom at G20 talks

Japan

Japan PM Abe: 'All options on the table' with N Korea

As President Trump arrives in Tokyo, Japan's conservative leader manoeuvres to rewrite the pacifist constitution.

Japan PM Abe: 'All options on the table' with N Korea

Nuclear weapons

North Korea threat boosts bomb shelter sales in Japan

Japanese demand for private bomb shelters has grown as North Korea continues to carry out frequent missile tests.

North Korea threat boosts bomb shelter sales in Japan

Arts & Culture

French architect Le Corbusier's foray into the Far East

Built in 1959, Tokyo's National Museum of Western Art received World Heritage designation last summer.

French architect Le Corbusier's foray into the Far East

US Elections 2016

The view from Japan: 'I think Trump would be dangerous'

"Although perhaps more to America itself than towards other countries."

The view from Japan: 'I think Trump would be dangerous'

Japan

Japan election: Parties struggle to engage voters

Sunday's vote for upper house seats has the ruling Liberal Democrats eyeing major gains.

Japan election: Parties struggle to engage voters

Asia

Japan's opposition regroups to protect constitution

New Democratic Party wants to save Japan from one of the "deepest crises of democracy it has faced in 70 years".

Japan's opposition regroups to protect constitution

Asia

Japan embraces Muslim visitors to bolster tourism

Japanese entrepreneurs see lucrative opportunities in attracting Muslim tourists.

Japan embraces Muslim visitors to bolster tourism

Arts & Culture

Japan's newest and largest mosque opens its doors

The Ahmadi Muslim community in Japan hopes its new mosque will promote intercultural understanding and dialogue.

Japan's newest and largest mosque opens its doors