While Japan's attention was focused on the nation's pivotal Lower House general election in December, the areas of the country damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, welcomed their second winter since the disaster. What exactly was the significance of the catastrophe? Even today, the world continues to search for an answer.
Dinosaurs' mass extinction occured 66 million years ago, but they still capture the imagination of people today. Is it because we are in awe of their gigantic size and power? Or are we saddened by their sudden disappearance after sitting atop the food chain for so long? Where exactly does the appeal of dinosaurs lie?
In just half a century, the world's population has more than doubled. But the consumption of meat has quadrupled. By 2050, it is estimated that the world's population will reach 9.3 billion. How much longer can humans continue to eat meat?
A revolution is occurring in global energy. In the United States, this view has become commonplace. Taking center stage is “shale,” a rock strata found deep underground. Just how revolutionary is this development? Moreover, does it represent good news for Japan, which is struggling to secure and stabilize its energy supply following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last year and the nation's subsequent shift away from a reliance on nuclear power?
In South America, the Amazon River encircles the world's largest tropical forest. Competing demands for environmental conservation and economic development are causing friction. What change is currently being made upon the "lungs of the world"?
Africa's image as a continent plagued by famine and civil wars has rapidly changed in recent years. It is now seen as a region of burgeoning growth. But it is still beset by a widening gap between rich and poor and deteriorating public safety, among other problems. In this series, we look at present-day Africa and contemplate its future.
Tropical winds carry the sounds of drumming and dance music across a baseball field littered with stones and anchored by a metal wire backstop full of holes due to stolen parts.
Economic growth across Africa has surged by around 5 percent annually since the dawn of the new millennium. An African middle class has also emerged, but poverty is ever-present as ever. High-quality education and improved...
ASICS, Japan’s largest sport shoe, apparel and equipment manufacturer, is gradually starting to make lengthy strides into the global athletic shoe market dominated by U.S.-based Nike and German Adidas.