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.
December 24, 2014
Park Yu-ha, a professor at Seoul’s Sejong University, was sued for “defaming” former comfort women when her book, “Comfort women of the empire,” was published in South Korea last year. A Japanese translation was finally released in November.
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.