Aizu Denryoku's Oguni solar power plant in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 29 (Toshihide Ueda)
COMMENTARY: Fukushima battling utilities' 'no more green energy' decision
FUKUSHIMA--Officials and entrepreneurs in Fukushima Prefecture remain undaunted by the decision of regional power utilities to suspend purchases of electricity generated with renewable energy sources.
Joudi Youssef (Photo by Naoji Shibata)
COMMENTARY: Syrian refugees face closed door in Japan
As his eyes reddened, a Syrian expatriate living in Saitama, north of Tokyo, spoke emotionally about his dearest desire.
A megasolar power plant in Osaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Diverse data needed to discuss actual cost of renewable energy
We seem to have been scared into believing that a further increase in the use of renewable energy would cost us dearly.
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Shigetaka Kodama)
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Japan, a country that allows modern-day slavery
More than 20 years ago, I used to frequent fashion shows. Creations by Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto were all refreshingly original and beautiful to look at.
Tourists crowd the River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (Ryosuke Ono)
COMMENTARY: Asians revisit 'forgotten history' of Japanese-built Death Railway
KUALA LUMPUR--Beneath the rows and rows of tombstones, regularly spaced on the green lawn of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in western Thailand near the border with Myanmar, sleep some 7,000 soldiers from Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and other Allied nations.
A DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missile is transported in Beijing in 2009 during a military parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: China should reduce its nuclear arsenal
The nuclear security situation in Northeast Asia has been continuously deteriorating over the last several decades. Of course, the biggest nuclear threat for the regional states, including Japan, comes from North Korea. But China also poses a grave concern.
Hiroyuki Miura stands in front of his photos of people in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Gifu in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Family members scarred by suicides help disaster-hit communities
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--I accompanied freelance photographer Hiroyuki Miura this summer on his tour to assist communities that were hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, including a stop in this northeastern city.
Light-emitting diodes glow during an event to pray for recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: In age of LEDs, utilities thinking in incandescent-bulb mode
MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--One recent weekend took me to this northeastern city on the Sanriku coast.
Protesters to the planned Kaminoseki nuclear power plant hold up banners in front of the venue of Chugoku Electric Power Co.'s shareholders meeting in Hiroshima in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Kaminoseki nuke plant plan should be scrapped to end community division
KAMINOSEKI, Yamaguchi Prefecture--I realized the need for the earliest possible settlement after I covered a 32-year-old protest movement on Iwaishima island here opposing Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s plan to build the Kaminoseki nuclear power plant on the other side of a strait.
Citizens hold umbrellas, a symbol of Hong Kong's Occupy protest movement, in the Admiralty district on Oct. 28 to mark one month since the start of pro-democracy demonstrations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Class conflict underlies Hong Kong’s Occupy movement
The monthlong “Occupy Central” movement by students and other citizens in Hong Kong represents a clash of value systems, according to one interesting theory.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, left, meets with former "comfort women" at a home where those women live together in Seoul in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Kiichi Fujiwara: Memory of war must be looked at from both sides
The recent acknowledgement by The Asahi Shimbun that past testimony presented by Seiji Yoshida was a falsehood has triggered intense debate over "comfort women" during World War II.
A 1-year-old boy undergoes radiation testing in Fukushima Prefecture three days after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Birth defects never increased in Fukushima Prefecture
The rate of birth defects in babies born in Fukushima Prefecture remains no different from the national average even after the nuclear disaster there, says a report recently worked out by a study group of the health ministry.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine in December 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Japan should draw line between itself, former Axis power
Japan continues to face criticism in the United States over the issue of wartime “comfort women.”
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Shigetaka Kodama)
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: True patriots recognize the mixed bag of rights and wrongs
My son in elementary school is involved in a school project to produce a newspaper. Seeing a pile of newspapers and magazines on my desk, he asked me: “What are these? Can I read them?”
Protesters to the planned restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant march through Kagoshima on Sept. 28. (Ryo Ikeda)
COMMENTARY: Now is the time to listen to nuclear pessimists
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his one-time mentor, Junichiro Koizumi, are both pitching the phrase "You can do it if you try," but they are heading in opposite directions.
A view from the Kyonomine graveyard in Nagasaki’s Sakamoto district in the direction of ground zero (Shohei Okada)
COMMENTARY: Known or unknown, A-bomb remnants key to passing on memories to future
NAGASAKI--I visited a Christian cemetery on a hill that commands a panoramic view of this city’s Urakami district after I covered the Peace Memorial Ceremony held in the Peace Park on Aug. 9, the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing. Tranquility enveloped rows of crosses.
The “Domon” rock tunnel, an exit point of the Tonokuchiseki canal, on Mount Iimoriyama in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture (Toshihide Ueda)
COMMENTARY: Fukushima's micro-hydropower ambitions face challenges
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which triggered a nuclear disaster and prompted a national debate on energy policy, has added a new role for a historic canal that draws water from Lake Inawashiroko to this castle town.
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Makoto Kaku)
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Imagining the unimaginable about war, comfort women
At the start of the 2006 film “Flags of Our Fathers,” the voiceover narrator states to the effect that people who really know war do not talk about war.
In an interview in 2010, Ye Jinghuan speaks about her 21-month ordeal at a “re-education through labor” camp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Labor re-education system is gone, but rancor remains for former inmates
BEIJING--The woman always returns on Mondays.
Pag-asa Island, part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY: Manila in new arms race with a China it cannot match
SPRATLY ISLANDS--Pag-asa (hope) Island looked like a historic battlefield when I chartered a fishing boat in August to visit this Philippine military outpost in the South China Sea.

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