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Jon Letman

Jon Letman

Jon Letman is an independent freelance journalist in Hawaii.

Jon writes about politics, the environment, and the impact of militarism and arms in the Asia-Pacific region. His reporting examines how human rights and the environment are affected by military bases, testing, training, and U.S. foreign policy with a focus on Pacific islands and East Asia. He has written for The DiplomatThe GuardianAl Jazeera English, The Daily BeastNational Geographic, and others.

Follow him on Twitter at @jonletman.

Posts by Jon Letman
May 18, 2023

How Japanese Civilians Are Supporting Ukraine

By Jon Letman
As the need for humanitarian aid grew, Japanese citizens continued to send Bogdan Parkhomenko – a Ukrainian with strong ties to Japan – goods and money, asking him to share with those in need. 

March 01, 2023

In the Face of Climate Change, the Pacific Leads Boldly

By Jon Letman
Seven years after the Paris Agreement, Pacific Islanders demonstrate leadership and resolve in the face of the climate crisis.
March 11, 2022

Telling Ukraine’s Story to Japan

By Jon Letman
As Ukraine is burned and bombed, one family builds a bridge from Kyiv to Japan.

July 01, 2021

Nuclear Justice for the Marshall Islands

By Jon Letman
Seventy-five years after the U.S. began testing nuclear weapons in the Pacific, the Marshall Islands stand at a new crossroads.

August 03, 2020

Hiroshima at 75: A Painful Legacy Tempered by Hope and a Treaty

By Jon Letman
75 years later, Japan’s atomic bomb survivors – the hibakusha – still remember the day in devastating detail.

July 16, 2020

75 Years After Trinity: The Human Cost of Nuclear Tests

By Jon Letman
Talk of new U.S. testing deeply concerns those who have first-hand knowledge of nuclear devastation.
April 09, 2020

Guam’s Growing Coronavirus Challenge

By Jon Letman
On Guam, an already complex relationship to the U.S. mainland (and military) is complicated by a pandemic.

March 17, 2020

As the Coronavirus Spreads, RIMPAC Planners Face Grim Facts       

By Jon Letman
The world’s largest international maritime exercise is scheduled to take place this summer. For now, it’s still on.

January 23, 2020

Countdown to Doomsday: The Asia Factor

By Jon Letman
We’re now 100 seconds to midnight. How can the Asia-Pacific contribute to (or counter) doomsday?

July 30, 2019

Military Build-up in the Asia-Pacific: An Interview With Hawaii’s Sen. Brian Schatz

By Jon Letman
Hawaii’s senior senator discusses missile defense, prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula, and more.

July 25, 2018

RIMPAC Makes Its Mark in Hawaii

By Jon Letman
For some the international military exercises are a highlight; for others they’re a stain on the islands.
June 26, 2018

Nepal Recovers Slowly, But US Says It’s Time to Leave

By Jon Letman
The Himalayan nation joins a growing list of countries losing Temporary Protective Status.

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