Category Archives: Middle East

“I Love You, Japan!”

Back in Istanbul after spending several days in towns near Syrian border on assignment. Throughout this trip, I was reminded how much respect people still have toward Japanese. People were quite happy and excited to find out that I’m from Japan and I even got “I love you, Japan!” remark at a police check point. […]

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The Spread of ISIS threat

Recruitment of radical militant Islamic group, ISIS, has been spreading out all over the world. In Japan last month, a university student was investigated as he tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS. It’s said that thousands have already joined the ISIS from outside, including western countries, to fight. India, which is home to […]

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A thought in Iran

Earlier this month, I visited Iran for the first time. Although it was a short trip (I was only given a 7-day stay permit), it was quite interesting and the positive experience left a good impression of the country on me. As many of you may agree, Iran tends to come with negative images because […]

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Great leader needed

  Libya’s rebel commander Abdel Fattah Younes got assassinated a few days ago. Although it’s still not clear what really happened and the motive behind it, many say that it could lead to deep divisions within the rebels which have been trying to oust Col. Muammar Gadhafi. Because of Younes’ role in the Gadhafi government (he defected […]

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Leaving Libya

  Unfortunately my assignment is cut short and I am leaving Libya tonight. I thought about staying by myself but I don’t have enough money to keep operating without an assignment for who knows how long. More importantly, there is not much happening here. The situation has been gridlocked and it’s waiting game now until […]

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USK おつかれさまでした!次のストーリーを楽しみにしています。

Kuni Takahashi ありがとうございます。