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Buried by a Volcano: The Destructive Past of Japan’s Mount AsamaJames Singleton

The residents of Kanbara, a tiny town tucked among rolling hills and fields in western Gunma Prefecture, know all too well the destructive potential of Mount Asama. The fitful volcano, towering 2,568 meters into the sky some 12 kilometers to the south, roared to life in the late eighteenth century, spewing ash, stone, and magma far across the landscape. The cataclysmic eruption, one of the most wi…

Japan’s Restless Volcanoes

Japan is home to 10% of the world's active volcanoes, and a surge in small-scale volcanic activity has had the nation on edge in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. We talked to Nakada Setsuya, one of Japan’s leading volcanologists, about the recent spate of eruptions and its implications.

The Long-Term Macroeconomic Impact of Natural DisastersToya Hideki

Natural disasters triggered by abnormal weather invariably result in huge short-term economic losses. But Toya Hideki, a professor at Nagoya City University, points out that from a long-term perspective changes caused by such devastation can at times spur macroeconomic growth.

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