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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.

#224- What do you think of Japan?

Area 51, Fukushima nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy & strategy toward the world, JAPAN’s policy regarding the Syria situation…

Last couple of weeks, I was working for the Japanese weekly magazine “Shukan Gendai” (by the largest Japanese publisher, Kodansha Ltd.


On September 9, 2013 in Japan, the feature article came out on “Shukan Gendai”.

“What intellectual people in the world think of Japan?”

I interviewed three people in U.S.A. for this article.

A senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation, A former scientist of the department of radiation biology at UCSF, and A news anchor of the KTLA 5 Morning News (former CNN correspondent).

Our questions are…

1) In the latest crisis to strike the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has discovered that 300 tons (nearly 72,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank into the ground over the past month.

How U.S. media reported about this issue?
What do you think of this issue?

2) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited to Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Middle East countries to make them “love Japan (pro-Japanese)” instead of “love China (pro-Chinese)”. Abe’s strategy called “a terrestrial globe strategy”.

How U.S. media reported about the Abe’s policy & strategy toward the world?
What do you think of Abe’s policy & strategy toward the world?

3) What do you think of JAPAN & the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy regarding the Syria situation? 

As you know JAPAN doesn’t have a military, but Prime Minister Abe might use a right of collective self-defense (includes the Self-Defense Force mission).

Prime Minister Abe said Sunday (Sep 1) he will closely monitor how the U.S. Congress will react to President Barack Obama's decision to ask it to support a military strike punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.


I don’t have a copyright for this article of “Shukan Gendai”, so I can’t translate the article into English from Japanese on here (in my blog)…

BUT I would like to share my little scoop!

OH… Mr.Frank Buckley who is a news anchor on LA’s #1 morning news program, the KTLA 5 Morning News (Previously, he served as a CNN correspondent) is the sweetest!

WHEN I made contact with the beautiful & wonderful TV reporter Ms.Wendy Burch (My hero! Read my blog on March 16, 2009, she is so sweet that she introduced me to Mr.Frank Buckley.

WENDY said, “Hello Yoko….I’m including my wonderful colleague, Frank Buckley on this email. He actually went to Japan to cover the story for KTLA. We will have tremendous insight for you.”

THEN, Frank wrote me back at 7:40am… he is so kind and sweet that he wrote me an email during his TV program…He knew I was in the urgent project… he said, “I’m on the air until 10am. I’ll make myself available.”

SINCE then, we had additional questions etc… but he responded right away each time. I am very impressed with his work and his warm heart.

HIS answers to our questions are wonderful. (I hope I can share his answers on this page.) I enjoyed his writings (he answered to me by email). He is a great writer! It makes sense that he used to write for Los Angeles Times.

FRANK is a truly Journalist. He has such a warm & beautiful mind. I really believe that he has a Japanese mother, because he is very kind and sweet like a Japanese man (He is an American whose mother is Japanese)  :)   By the way, for me… American men are sweeter than Japanese men, because I am Japanese woman :)

HE reported from Japan in the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake and the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, so he is the perfect person to answer to our questions. I am so lucky to have him in this article.

WOW, he reported on the earthquake and tsunami and its aftermath, traveling to Japan within 48 hours of the quake, and he reported from Sendai and the neighborhoods near the ocean so he saw the devastation firsthand.

HERE are some scoops besides serious issues.

1- Frank lived in Japan for six years as a boy and he speaks conversational Japanese.

2-He was in Japan with his wife and sons for vacation in April because he & his wife believe it’s important for their sons to know their heritage.

3- He is a member of the U.S.-Japan Council which seeks to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations in part through people-to-people diplomacy.

4- He actives in “giving back” to the Japanese and Japanese American communities in Southern California. He has donated his time to organizations such as the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, the Japan Business Association of Southern California, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California.

5- He is a truly journalist, but he has a very kind heart. He said, “Still, in American journalism, our tradition is to try to remain as dispassionate as possible in reporting stories. We try not to take a side or inject our personal feelings into our coverage. So I will try to provide you with some comments that are more analytical in nature.”


Most of the morning and evening, I usually watch ABC TV news… but since I know Wendy (she moved to KTLA from ABC) and Frank, I am watching KTLA every morning.

Forget about the GOOD MORNING AMERICA (Oops… I watched “Lady Gaga” show the other day… sometimes, I still remember ABC TV in the morning :) ), Remember WATCH LA’s #1 morning news program, the KTLA 5 Morning News.

Wendy and Frank are my favorite on KTLA :)


By the way, my home town Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics!

What do you think of Japan?

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles September 10, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Yoko Fujimoto

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