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Japan's Depressing Squabbling
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.

Mixed News on Fukushima
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.

Rakuten to Jump Keidanren Ship?
May 30, 2011

Rakuten to Jump Keidanren Ship?

Rakuten boss Hiroshi Mikitani publicly mulls abandoning the Japan Business Federation over electricity policy.

Fukushima Kids and Radiation
May 28, 2011

Fukushima Kids and Radiation

The Japanese government backpedals a little over new radiation exposure guidelines in Fukushima.

How China Gains from 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?

Bullying in Japan
May 19, 2011

Bullying in Japan

The Japanese public’s response to evacuees from the tsunami and nuclear crisis has been positive. Mostly.

A Fukushima Update
May 16, 2011

A Fukushima Update

The Fukushima nuclear crisis may have receded from the headlines, but there’s no room for complacency.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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