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The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific...and the world.
David McNeill, A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima  福島第一廃炉化のために自分の将来を犠牲にする若い男
Aug. 03, 2011:
David McNeill meets a nuclear worker who sees it as his duty to save the stricken plant – even if it means an early grave.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, US Nuclear Technology as a Cure for Japanese Ignorance? 日本人への療法としての米国核技術
Jul. 27, 2011:
The Kyodo news agency has unearthed new documents outline how the US government sought to use nuclear technology cooperation to remedy Japanese "ignorance" about atomic energy in the 1950s/
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, A Solar Future? Prospects, Problems, and Japan’s Solar Energy Plans  太陽熱による将来?期待、問題、および日本の太陽エネルギー計画
Jul. 18, 2011:
As Japanese politicians and business leaders debate a decisive move away from nuclear power, Tokyo University Prof. Mogi Gento discusses the potential economic impact of a shift to solar energy.
Matthew Penney, The Voices of Ten Million: Anti-Nuclear Petition Movement Launched in Japan  千万人の声−−反原子力陳情運動、日本で始まる
Jul. 09, 2011:
Some of Japan’s most famous public intellectuals launch an anti-nuclear petition and plan a major demonstration to mark the six month anniversary of the tsunami and the beginning of the Fukushima crisis.
Andrew DeWit, Japan's Richest Man Challenges Nuclear Future  日本第一の億万長者、核の将来を問題視
Jul. 04, 2011:
Andrew DeWit introduces a Bloomberg article on Japanese billionaire Son Masayoshi's plans to replace nuclear power with solar.
Matthew Penney, Nuclear Workers and Fukushima Residents at Risk: Cancer Expert on the Fukushima Situation  原発作業員と福島住民のさらされる危険−−ガン専門家の福島観
Jul. 01, 2011:
Hokkaido Cancer Center director Nishio Masamichi, writing in Japan's preeminent business newspaper, presents a devastating critique of the Japanese government's approach to radiation and public health.
Cara O'Connell, Feeling the Heat in Fukushima  福島第一原発、高温での作業
Jun. 28, 2011:
Physical therapist Cara O'Connell outlines the dangers of the heat endured by Fukushima Daiichi wokers.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, 74% of Japanese Favor Nuclear Phase-out   日本人の74%が原子力廃止に賛成
Jun. 16, 2011:
The Asahi Shimbun reports that nearly three-quarters of Japanese polled favor an immediate or gradual phase-out of atomic energy.
Matthew Penney, Okinawa’s Fukushima Connection: Nuclear Workers at Risk  沖縄の福島とのつながり−−原発作業員no
Jun. 14, 2011:
Asahi TV Okinawa reports on Okinawans working dangerous, unskilled jobs in Japan's nuclear plants.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Alternatives to the IAEA: Greenpeace and Japanese Municipalities Measure Radiation  国際原子力機関に替わる手段−−グリーンピースと地方自治体、放射線を計量
Jun. 10, 2011:
Amid widespread skepticism concerning the International Atomic Energy Agency and Japanese government’s handling of the Fukushima crisis, Greenpeace and Japanese municipalities move to provide their own measurements of radiation and public health advice.
, Songs for Fukushima  福島のための歌数曲
Jun. 02, 2011:
Folk and pop music satires spread awareness of TEPCO irresponsibility and the nature of the Fukushima crisis.
Matthew Penney, Songs for Fukushima  福島のための歌数曲
Jun. 02, 2011:
Folk and pop music satires spread awareness of TEPCO irresponsibility and the nature of the Fukushima crisis.
Satoko NORIMATSU, Worldwide Responses to the 20 Millisievert Controversy  20ミリシーベルト論争への世界的反響
May. 31, 2011:
A colleciton of international reports on the Japanese government's controversial decision to allow 20 mSv of radiation exposure for Fukushima school children.
Satoko NORIMATSU, Worldwide Responses to the 20 Millisievert Controversy  20ミリシーベルト論争への世界的反響
May. 31, 2011:
A colleciton of international reports on the Japanese government's controversial decision to allow 20 mSv of radiation exposure for Fukushima school children.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Learning From Japan's Nuclear Disaster  日本の核災害から学ぶ
May. 29, 2011:
Physicist Amory Lovins discusses atomic energy and its alternatives in the wake of Fukushima.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Resign now, Prime Minister Kan  菅首相、貴方は、即刻、首相を辞任すべきです
May. 25, 2011:
House of Councillors President Takeo Nishioka demands the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Fukushima Burning: Anatomy of a Nuclear Disaster  福島炎上−−核災害の構造 •Japanese text available. Updated
May. 22, 2011:
Nuclear radiologist Peter Karamoskos argues that as far as human health is concerned comparisons between the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters are valid.
, Fukushima Burning: Anatomy of a Nuclear Disaster  福島炎上−−核災害の構造 •Japanese text available. Updated
May. 22, 2011:
Nuclear radiologist Peter Karamoskos argues that as far as human health is concerned comparisons between the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters are valid.
Ban Ki-moon's Visit to Chernobyl  潘基文のチェルノブイリ訪問
May. 16, 2011:
Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon on Chernobyl and Fukushima.
David McNeill, ‘We’ve no idea when we’ll be back’
May. 11, 2011:
いつ帰れるか見当もつかない David McNeill in Iiate, Fukushima Prefecture, describes an irradiated village on its way to becoming an atomic ghost town as its last citizens flee.
Protests: The 20 Millisievert Decision and the Future of Atomic Energy in Japan
May. 08, 2011:
抗議各種−−20ミリシーヴェルトの基準決定および日本原子力の将来 Doctors, scientists, and citizens protest the Japanese government's response to the exposure of children to radiation.
Nuclear Energy and Risk
May. 06, 2011:
核エネルギーと危険性 Successive Japanese governments promoted Japan's atomic energy as risk free. M.V. Ramana calls current assumptions about risk assessment into question.
20 Millisieverts for Children and Kosako Toshiso’s Resignation
May. 01, 2011:
児童を対象とした20ミリシーヴェルト基準と小佐古敏荘の内閣官房参与辞任 Cabinet radiation safety advisor Kosako Toshiso resigns.
Japan’s government faces looming crisis over ‘whack-a-mole’ nuclear policies
May. 01, 2011:
日本政府、「モグラ叩き」的核政策でのしかかる危機に直面する David McNeill reports from Fukushima City on residents' thoughts on the government's 20 millisievert limit for children.
Another Appeal from Okinawa
Apr. 30, 2011:
沖縄よりもう一つの訴え The Okinawa Times adds its voice to the Ryukyu Shimpo appeal to move US bases out of Okinawa.
Save the Children: Radiation Exposure of Fukushima Students
Apr. 29, 2011:
子どもらを守らねばならない−−福島の生徒達の放射線基準 Outrage at the Japanese government's decision to approve 20 millisieverts of radiation exposure for Fukushima school children.
Okinawan Appeal to US Senate
Apr. 28, 2011:
米国上院への沖縄の訴え The Ryukyu Shinpo's English-language appeal to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to reduce Okinawa's base burden.
Sato Eisaku's Warning
Apr. 23, 2011:
佐藤栄佐久の警告 David McNeill on how a warning from Fukushima’s ex-governor about Japan’s ‘nuclear absolutism’ was ignored, with tragic and devastating consequences.
3月11日の地震の経済的余震の影響を見極める
Apr. 22, 2011:
R.ターガート・マーフィーの"Assessing the Economic Aftershocks of Japan’s March 11 Earthquake"の日本語訳
R Taggart Murphy, 3/11 and Japan: A Hinge of History?
Apr. 21, 2011:
3・11と日本−−歴史の一つのかなめ? R. Taggart Murphy on the consequences of the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami, and atomic crisis.