Welcome to Liberty Metron!
Robert Morton, Senior Editor
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Those words from the American Declaration of Independence ring just as true in 2019 as they did in 1776. And not only in the United States.
Today, all people everywhere share common aspirations and ideals thanks in part to rapid advances in high tech mass communications.
Mass media is the means by which humanity keeps pace with our rapidly-changing world. That world, unfortunately, is not at peace. Of all the battles raging on planet Earth, the most important is the one for the minds of individual men and women.
Thanks to its visionary founders, Liberty Metron is poised to offer a fresh perspective on reality and thereby open a critical new front in the global War of Ideas.
This new media group for East Asian audiences is joining forces with alternative media voices in the West in a common cause that would have been unthinkable until now.
The horrific wars and remarkable advances of the twentieth century gave birth to a global community. East and West have become mutually relevant. They are no longer mutually exclusive. Some of our parents thought this day would never come. It is here.
Despite cultural contrasts we, as media colleagues in the East and West, share parallel concerns about centralized media and government power that if unchecked could stifle the spirit of independent media or “Freedom of the Press” as protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Such limitless power can be used to arbitrarily define reality for hidden policy goals. In the words of the popular expression: “We have seen that movie before.”
Both East and West were confronted in the twentieth century with old ideas posing as a new religion. Socialism-communism denied God but promised salvation to the masses. Tragically, hundreds of millions lost their basic freedoms first and then their lives. The free flow of information exposed that “Big Lie”, but the War of Ideas continues to rage.
As vital as the air we breathe, the Free Press bridges the known and the unknown. By quickly and accurately conveying essential information, it enables men and women of conscience to make enlightened decisions in leading their own lives, educating their children and forming governments that serve rather than rule.
Liberty Metron is dedicated to the free flow of national and international news and opinion in a competitive marketplace of ideas as opposed to a closed system of centralized narratives, authoritarian governments and propaganda. That is why I am honored to not only support but partner with a venture that is so closely aligned with the idealism I had as a young newspaper correspondent. That flame still burns bright.
Welcome to Liberty Metron. Let the future begin!
Robert J. Morton
Robert J. Morton, Senior Editor at Liberty Metron, is a veteran American editor and former correspondent for East Asia.
He was an early pioneer of the alternative media revolution in the United States that emerged with the rise of Internet publishing in the mid-1990s. Mr. Morton is President of Free Press Foundation, Editor of the Free Press International news service (FreePressInternational.org) and Founding Publisher of WorldTribune.com and Geostrategy-Direct.com.
He served as Editor of The Washington Times National Weekly Edition from its inception in 1994 until Jan. 4, 2013. He was also Corporate Editor at The Washington Times for Times247.com, which won the 2012 Editor & Publisher award for best home page. He edited the ‘Examiner Today’ national e-letter at the Washington Examiner and was Associate Editor at Newmax Media, Inc.. A former correspondent based in Tokyo during the late 1970s where the first story he reported was the Narita Airport riots, Mr. Morton also reported from Korea, Taiwan, China, Israel, Iran, Jordan and Thailand.
He earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.
Jikido “Jay” Aeba
Jikido “Jay” Aeba is the Chairman of Liberty Metro which is developing alternative media platforms in the Asia Pacific region.
His book “Trump Revolution (Trump Kakumei)”, written before the 2016 Presidential election and accurately predicted President Trump’s victory, emerged as Amazon’s No. 1 best-seller in Japan.
After the election the title of the book, “Trump Kakumei”, has become so popular that it has been widely used when people describe President Trump.
Mr. Aeba also served as the editorial supervisor for the Japanese translation of “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer and “Trump’s America” by former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
He graduated with a law degree from Keio University in 1990 and began his career as a TV commentator.
Yasu Kikuta was originally a professional musician educated at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He is now President and CEO of Liberty Metron.
Mr. Kikuta founded Seven Stars Entertainment where he procured more than $150 million in financing for filmed entertainment and sports marketing businesses in Asia.
Over the past 25 years, he has incubated and grown businesses in fintech and entertainment in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. He was the General Manager for the Japan entity of Bluegold Capital headquartered in Singapore.
He still plays Bassoon with orchestras in Japan despite of his busy schedule.
Ryo Saito, Liberty Metron Editor-in-Chief, is a U.S.-based analyst and entrepreneur with wide-ranging experience at both American and Japanese news organizations.
A native of Japan, he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in economics, Mr. Saito served as chief of information analysis and interpreter for live news from New York at the Nippon Television New York branch. While in New York he also worked as a financial officer for News World Communications which published the New York City Tribune and after 1982, The Washington Times.
His career in international business has over a 30-year period involved ventures in the U.S., Europe and Asia in a variety of fields including architecture, maritime industries, trade and travel.
Based on that experience and the network of contacts he has cultivated, Mr. Saito has provided information and analysis to Japanese and American business leaders, scholars and think tanks on rapid-changing developments both in Washington and in East Asia including the time leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.