June 09, 2011
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
As Japan’s politicians squabble, the public is getting frustrated. Sadly, the DPJ can’t even put its own house in order.
June 02, 2011
Mixed News on Fukushima
Excerpts from the IAEA report on Fukushima are discouraging. But there has been some positive news as well.
May 30, 2011
Rakuten to Jump Keidanren Ship?
Rakuten boss Hiroshi Mikitani publicly mulls abandoning the Japan Business Federation over electricity policy.
May 28, 2011
Fukushima Kids and Radiation
The Japanese government backpedals a little over new radiation exposure guidelines in Fukushima.
May 20, 2011
How China Gains from Fukushima
As public opinion turns against nuclear power in Asia’s democracies, could China step in and grab some extra strategic clout in the process?
May 19, 2011
Bullying in Japan
The Japanese public’s response to evacuees from the tsunami and nuclear crisis has been positive. Mostly.
May 16, 2011
A Fukushima Update
The Fukushima nuclear crisis may have receded from the headlines, but there’s no room for complacency.
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?
May 03, 2011
Todai Cliques and TEPCO
Elite alumni networks in Japan have significant clout. What could it mean for the current crisis?
May 02, 2011
Sumo Faces Own Crisis
The latest sumo scandal and TEPCO’s ongoing nuclear crisis have some interesting parallels.
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.
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?