Michael Penn is a journalist and historian based in Tokyo, Japan. He currently serves as the president of the Shingetsu News Agency. His most recent reporting, both in print and through video, has appeared in outlets such as Al-Jazeera English, Global Post, and the Japan Times. He is also the author of about two dozen academic articles as well as the full-length book, Japan and the War on Terror: Military Force and Political Pressure in the US-Japanese Alliance (I. B. Tauris, 2013). Follow him @ShingetsuNews.