March 30, 2015
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A daily calendar pad on a living room wall in a private home in this northeastern community still showed the fateful date: “March 11, 2011.”
March 26, 2015
The recent hostage crisis in Syria got me thinking about a number of things. For one, only a few people talked about Haruna Yukawa, one of the two hostages presumably slain by Islamic State militants. Granted, many of his actions were hard to comprehend. Does that mean he was an anomaly and unlike any of us?
March 24, 2015
FUKUSHIMA--Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011.
March 20, 2015
Tokyo Camii, Japan’s largest mosque, located in the capital’s Yoyogi-Uehara district, has been seeing an incessant flow of visitors of late.
March 15, 2015
BEIJING--The National Day celebrations held on Oct. 1, 1984, to mark the 35th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China are remembered by the public in this nation for being particularly unforgettable.
March 12, 2015
FUKUSHIMA--I recently saw “DamNation,” a documentary film that portrays advocates of dam removal who have turned that goal into a reality in the United States.
March 05, 2015
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--A temple built in the Theravada Buddhism style and painted in lively colors emerges on the far side of vegetable fields and a grove of leafless trees. Cold winter winds howl in this city, commonly known as the site of an air gateway to Tokyo.
February 10, 2015
Those who are insensitive to their own human rights are insensitive to the human rights of others as well, to say nothing of the human rights of foreigners.
February 09, 2015
BEIJING--At a recent exhibition to mark the centennial of the birth of painter Dong Xiwen (1914-1973), the first thing that caught my eye was his work “The Founding Ceremony of China” (Kaiguo Dadian), which is painted in lively colors.
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Daring to be all alone rather than join a hysterical call for ‘freedom of expression’
February 04, 2015
Two Japanese were taken hostage by the extremist Islamic State group. The situation remained uncertain when I was writing this column late on Tuesday (Jan. 27).
February 04, 2015
NAGAPATTINAM, India--I see a plume of smoke rising toward the sky from a beach that is shimmering under the scorching rays of the sun. Coming closer, I recognize the boy looking at a bonfire. He said he is burning his dead mother's sari.
January 31, 2015
When regional utilities calculated how much electricity generated with renewable energy sources they can purchase from businesses and individuals, they resorted to gimmicks to continue to place an unrealistic reliance on nuclear power.
January 30, 2015
When you think of venture firms in America, Silicon Valley is likely to come to mind, but there are also a growing number of firms in Washington, D.C. Some even call Washington, D.C., “the Silicon Valley of the east.”
January 29, 2015
A senior colleague of mine from the days when I was writing for the Shukan Asahi weekly magazine recently sent me a book, which shows a cherry tree covered in blossoms that are almost falling off the cover.
January 28, 2015
BANGKOK--A Thai graduate student in his early 30s, who goes by the nickname Champ, remains defiant against the military government, which detained him twice after the coup last year.
January 23, 2015
Taiwan’s unified local elections in November ended in a crushing defeat for the ruling Kuomintang (Nationalist Party), giving the opposition Democratic Progressive Party a chance to regain power when the next presidential election is held in early 2016.
January 15, 2015
The industry ministry is discussing a new protective measure for nuclear power plants: the contract for difference (CfD) system.
January 14, 2015
BEIJING--It was the winter of 1978, and an auditorium in a small town in China's Sichuan province was teeming with excitement. More than 1,000 spectators had come to see a Japanese film featuring Ken Takakura (1931-2014).
January 12, 2015
BEIJING--Last autumn, a French economist arrived in Shanghai to a "rock star" reception.
January 09, 2015
A few days before the Dec. 14 Lower House election, I was wrapping up my lecture at the university where I teach, when a student from a different class walked in and asked for some time to make an appeal to my students.