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Does Japan Need Nuclear Power?
May 09, 2011
Does Japan Need Nuclear Power?
The Fukushima crisis was a reminder of the role nuclear power plays in Japan. But are there viable alternatives?
Does Japan Need Nuclear Power?
Cool vs Isolated Japan?
May 04, 2011
Cool vs Isolated Japan?
Japan must bring two seemingly contradictory identities together to avoid further damage from ‘Galápagosization.’
Cool vs Isolated Japan?
Todai Cliques and TEPCO
May 03, 2011
Todai Cliques and TEPCO
Elite alumni networks in Japan have significant clout. What could it mean for the current crisis?
Todai Cliques and TEPCO
Sumo Faces Own Crisis
May 02, 2011
Sumo Faces Own Crisis
The latest sumo scandal and TEPCO’s ongoing nuclear crisis have some interesting parallels.
Sumo Faces Own Crisis
Climate Policy After the Crisis
April 29, 2011
Climate Policy After the Crisis
The earthquake that hit Japan was a tragedy. But it could still prod the country toward a solid climate change policy.
Climate Policy After the Crisis
Naoto Kan on the Ropes
April 27, 2011
Naoto Kan on the Ropes
It’s politics as usual in Japan, as the LDP pushes for the ouster of Naoto Kan. It’s hardly in Japan’s interests.
Naoto Kan on the Ropes
Japan's Creaking Legal System
April 22, 2011
Japan's Creaking Legal System
The sentencing of a former Osaka public prosecutor is a reminder of the problems facing Japan’s legal system.
Japan's Creaking Legal System
Japan’s Depressing Revolving Door
April 21, 2011
Japan’s Depressing Revolving Door
A majority of Japanese want Naoto Kan to be replaced, a new poll shows. Will he be next through the revolving door?
Japan’s Depressing Revolving Door
A Taxing Time for Japan
April 21, 2011
A Taxing Time for Japan
The government is considering a 3% hike in the consumption tax to pay for reconstruction. But will it backfire?
A Taxing Time for Japan
April 19, 2011
6 to 9 Months For Fukushima
TEPCO, operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has finally produced a crisis recovery timeline. Some experts are already skeptical.
6 to 9 Months For Fukushima
Post-Earthquake Japan-Korea Ties
April 18, 2011
Post-Earthquake Japan-Korea Ties
Japan’s stance on the Dokdo / Takeshima issue has quickly shifted South Korean attitudes post-earthquake and tsunami, from sympathetic to ambivalent.
Post-Earthquake Japan-Korea Ties
Japan's Economy Takes a Hit
April 15, 2011
Japan's Economy Takes a Hit
The economic impact of the recent disaster may be more severe than first thought. How bad will it be?
Japan's Economy Takes a Hit
How Bad Is Fukushima Crisis?
April 12, 2011
How Bad Is Fukushima Crisis?
Japan’s govt has raised the level of the nuclear crisis at its Fukushima nuclear plant to a level 7. Is it really that bad?
How Bad Is Fukushima Crisis?
Tough Times for Tokyo Hotels
April 11, 2011
Tough Times for Tokyo Hotels
The earthquake and ongoing nuclear scare have created a dire situation for Japan’s hospitality sector.
Tough Times for Tokyo Hotels
Looking Back, Looking Forward
April 08, 2011
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Some commentators in Japan want a return to traditional values. But the current challenges require innovative thinking.
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Strong Earthquake Rocks Japan
April 07, 2011
Strong Earthquake Rocks Japan
A powerful 7.4 magnitude aftershock in Miyagi Prefecture is a reminder of the challenges Japan faces in reconstruction.
Strong Earthquake Rocks Japan
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