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The Road to Recovery: Three Years On from 3/11

Three years have passed since the widespread devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake. How far has the nation come along its path of recovery from the earthquake, tsunami, and disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station?

Offshore Wind Power Promises to Boost Fukushima Recovery

In November 2013, a 2,000-kilowatt wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture began trial operations. Two more turbines of 7,000 kilowatts each will be installed this year, creating the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm. The project is an important part of the prefecture’s effort to revive its economy following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

New Meaning for Hiroshima’s Antinuclear CrusadeTashiro Akira

Close to 70 years ago, the first and so far only nuclear attacks in human history lay waste to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Chūgoku Shimbun editor Tashiro Akira discusses how that historic tragedy and its deep scars have shaped the culture and ethos of Hiroshima and the ways the city has evolved as a center for antinuclear activism.

Homage to Yoshida Masao, the Man Who Saved JapanKadota Ryūshō

Yoshida Masao, the plant manager who led the epic fight to contain the March 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, lost his battle with cancer on July 9 this year. The author of a major book detailing the struggle draws on extensive interviews with Yoshida and his staff in this homage to a “fallen hero.”

Emmanuel Lepage: Bringing Something New to BDs

A prizewinning French creator of the comics known as bandes dessinées, Emmanuel Lepage came to Japan for the first time in late 2012. There he met his hero of the manga world, Ōtomo Katsuhiro, and spoke to us about his art and sources of inspiration.

What I Think About When I Think About FukushimaWoody Epstein

Learning lessons the hard way from the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese government implemented new safety requirements for nuclear plants on July 8. Risk assessment consultant Woody Epstein shared his thoughts on the Fukushima accident and the use of nuclear energy at a symposium in Hiroshima in March 2013. Here we present excerpts from his speech.

Two Years On from FukushimaSven Saaler

More than two years since the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi, more than 100,000 people are still unable to return to their homes due to radioactive contamination. Ironically, however, the nuclear disaster seems to have had more impact in some European countries than in Japan itself. Germany, Italy, and Switzerland have all decided to phase out nuclear energy. France is discussing new ways o…

Nuclear Power and the Emptiness of Political PromisesHayakawa Masaya

At a New Year’s meeting of her supporters on January 13, Shiga Prefecture’s governor Kada Yukiko revealed the series of events that led to the formation of the Nippon Mirai no Tō, or the “Tomorrow Party of Japan.” Apparently she took the decision to form the party after being persuaded by Ozawa Ichirō in the lead-up to the December’s lower house elections that “if you run, we should get 100 cand…

El Sistema Brings Music to Sōma, FukushimaHosoda Haruko

El Sistema is a world-famous music education program. It began in 1975, when the economist and conductor José Antonio Abreu put together an orchestra of Venezuelan musicians in the hope of encouraging more people to participate in the arts in that country. El Sistema is well-known for having produced classical music celebrities like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, but the program is about much more t…

Building a Floating Wind Farm Off the Fukushima Coast

After being devastated by the Tōhoku earthquake and nuclear disaster last March, Fukushima Prefecture is now looking to renewable energy as a new area of industrial development. Tests of the world’s first large-scale offshore floating wind farm are underway, and hopes are high.

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