December 11, 2014
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.
December 11, 2014
As his eyes reddened, a Syrian expatriate living in Saitama, north of Tokyo, spoke emotionally about his dearest desire.
December 03, 2014
We seem to have been scared into believing that a further increase in the use of renewable energy would cost us dearly.
November 27, 2014
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.
November 21, 2014
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.
November 21, 2014
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.
November 19, 2014
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.
November 17, 2014
MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--One recent weekend took me to this northeastern city on the Sanriku coast.
November 12, 2014
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.
November 09, 2014
The monthlong “Occupy Central” movement by students and other citizens in Hong Kong represents a clash of value systems, according to one interesting theory.
November 07, 2014
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.
November 05, 2014
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.
October 25, 2014
Japan continues to face criticism in the United States over the issue of wartime “comfort women.”
October 23, 2014
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?”
October 12, 2014
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.
October 04, 2014
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.
October 01, 2014
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.
September 26, 2014
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.
September 25, 2014
BEIJING--The woman always returns on Mondays.
September 05, 2014
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.