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Time to Stop Nursing the Nuclear Power IndustryYoshioka Hitoshi

The resumption of commercial operations at a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture last September might seem to bode well for the comeback of nuclear energy in Japan after the nationwide shutdown precipitated by the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. But the author argues that the government’s policy of “long-term nursing care” for an unsustainable industry is merely delaying the inevitable while exposing the nation to unacceptable risks.

No Way Home: The Inescapable Plight of One Fukushima CommunityTom Gill

The story of Nagadoro, a small hamlet in the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, offers a hint to the fate of the area’s other displaced communities.

I Am FukushimaKainuma Hiroshi

People are all too prone to attribute Fukushima Prefecture’s post-3/11 problems to a uniquely “Fukushima” set of circumstances. But on closer observation we find that some of Fukushima’s most serious problems stem from issues that are nationwide in scope. Addressing these problems effectively will hinge on approaching them from a national perspective.

Good Heir Days: Prince William’s Soft Power a Big Hit in JapanDavid McMahon

The United Kingdom’s Prince William—the Duke of Cambridge, second in line to his country’s throne—was in Japan from February 26 to March 1 on a whistle-stop tour that was equal parts tradition and technology, celebrities and civilians. It was a state visit that for many sparked memories of another nearly 30 years ago, when William’s parents Charles and Diana, then Prince and Princess of Wales, …

When Will the “Postwar” End? Japanese Youth in Search of a FutureFuruichi Noritoshi

Japanese teenagers and young adults are remarkably content with their lives, in spite—or perhaps because—of the uncertain future they face. Sociologist Furuichi Noritoshi makes the case that the nation has betrayed its young people by artificially extending the “postwar” economy instead of adapting to the realities of a post-postwar world.

Timeline for October 2014

Three Japan-born researchers win the Nobel Prize in Physics, a Japanese journalist is indicted for defamation in Seoul, and two newly appointed female cabinet ministers resign. An overview of the key news stories for October 2014.

Timeline for September 2014

Japan’s second-highest active volcano erupts, causing dozens of fatalities, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Japan, and Nishikori Kei reaches the US Open Tennis Championships final. Here are the main news stories for September 2014.

Timeline for August 2014

Landslides caused by torrential rain kill 72 people in Hiroshima and Japan marks anniversaries of the dropping of atomic bombs and the end of World War II. These are the top Japanese news stories of August 2014.

Festival of Friendship and Fortitude: Photohoku Brings Emotional Relief to Fukushima PrefectureDavid McMahon

A 50-meter-long nagashi sōmen stand was one of the many attractions at the festival. (© Miseon Park) It is perfect weather for a matsuri, and the air in the small coastal town of Shinchi, Fukushima, is abuzz with the hubbub of children frolicking and old folks gossiping. School dance teams and other performers entertain the crowds from a modest stage, and refreshment stalls offering local produc…

Timeline for June 2014

TEPCO begins work on an “ice wall” to prevent radioactive contamination, sexist heckling in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly sparks criticism, and protests take place ahead of the Abe government’s reinterpretation of the constitution. An overview of the top Japanese news stories of June 2014.

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