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The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific...and the world.



Nadine Ribault, Thierry Ribault, Fukushima: “Everything has to be done again for us to stay in the contaminated areas”  汚染地域に残るには、すべてやり直さないと
Apr. 15, 2012:
Nadine and Thierry Ribault interview Japanese activist and "Project 47" founder Iwata Wataru. Iwata sheds light on the dangers of radiation and the poor response by the Japanese government and scientific community.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Double Standard on DPRK Space Launches 北朝鮮の衛星発射に対するダブルスタンダード−−バランスを取ろうではないか
Apr. 15, 2012:
John Hallam comments on the hypocrisy of critics who condemn DPRK rocket launches while openly testing a range of rockets and military use ballistic missiles themselves.
Nak-chung Paik, A Conundrum and the ‘Seventh Party’: Envisioning Peace and Security in Northeast Asia 一つの難題と「第七派」−−北東アジアにおける平和と安全を思い描く
Apr. 08, 2012:
Korean pubilc intellectual Paik Nak-chung on the "Six-Party Talks" and the prospects for peace in Northeast Asia.
Paul Jobin, BBC and ZDF documentaries on Fukushima + 1  BBC および ZDFのフクシマ+1ドキュメンタリー
Apr. 08, 2012:
Paul Jobin reviews recent BBC and ZDF Fukushima documentaries. 
Matthew Penney, Japan's Green Energy Push
Apr. 03, 2012:
Son Masayoshi and a group of Japanese mayors and governors push for clear alternative energy plans.
Alexis Dudden, Apology Laid Bare: Colonialism, War and Japanese Historical Memory むき出しにされた謝罪−−植民地主義、戦争、日本の歴史記憶
Apr. 03, 2012:
Alexis Dudden on the recent controversies concerning war memory in Japan.
Koide Hiroaki, Japan's Nightmare Fight Against Radiation in the Wake of the 3.11 Meltdown  私たちは放射能とどう闘えばよいのか
Apr. 01, 2012:
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Fukushima Fuel Pools and Ongoing Dangers  福島の燃料プールと引き続く危険状態
Mar. 12, 2012:
Asahi TV news show "Morning Bird" draws attention to the ongoing threat of radition release at the Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 spent fuel pool.
Matthew Penney, The Fukushima Anniversary: Japanese Press Reactions  福島一周年−−日本の報道機関の対応
Mar. 11, 2012:
This essay outlines the varied viewpoints toward nuclear power and the Fukushima Daiichi crisis appearing in the Japanese press on the 3.11 anniversary.
Sakurai Kunitoshi, The Henoko Assessment Does Not Pass
Mar. 04, 2012:
Sakurai Kunitoshi introduces a Mainichi Shimbun editorial critical of the Japanese government's assessment of the environmental impact of the planned move of a US Marine base from Futenma to Henoko.
Andrew DeWit, Japan, the Pentagon, and the Future of Renewable Energy: Battle Lines Form  日本、ペンタゴン、再生可能エネルギーの将来−−戦陣
Mar. 04, 2012:
Andrew DeWit on Japan's push toward renewable energy and competition from an unlikely source - the US Military.
Matthew Penney, Nuclear Power and Shifts in Japanese Public Opinion  原子力発電と日本における世論の推移
Feb. 13, 2012:
This piece looks at recent Japanese public opinion polls in order to gauge shifts in views on nuclear power, sustainable energy, and the major problems facing Japan.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Fukushima Crisis Concealed: Japanese government kept worst-case scenario under wraps  福島危機の隠蔽−−日本政府は最悪事態の想定図を公表しなかった
Jan. 31, 2012:
Miguel Quintana reports on the Japanese government's decision not to release a worst-case report prepared by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission following the outbreak of the Fukushima crisis.
Mark Selden, Stephen S. Roach: China's Connectivity Revolution  中国のネット革命
Jan. 29, 2012:
Mark Selden introduces a piece by Stephen S. Roach which assess the potential impact of China's skyrocketing number of internet users on the consumer economy and civil society.
Gavan McCormack, Doug Bandow: Give Okinawa Back To The Okinawans  沖縄を沖縄人に返還せよ
Jan. 25, 2012:
Cato Institute Senior Fellow Doug Bandow argues that US troops should leave Okinawa. Introduction by Gavan McCormack.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Gregg Levine Critiques Frontline Fukushima Documentary  グレグ・レヴィーン、最前線の福島関係記録資料を批判
Jan. 22, 2012:
Columnist and film producer Gregg Levine calls Frontline Fukushima documentary a "lazy apologia for the nuclear industry".
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Japan's Supreme Court Limits National Anthem Punishments for Teachers  日本最高裁、
Jan. 22, 2012:
Japan's Supreme Court has called for "excessive" punishments against Tokyo teachers who refused to stand for the national anthem to be scaled back.
Nak-chung Paik, The Post Kim Jong-il Era and the 2013 Regime in South Korea  金正日後の時代と韓国における2013年体制
Jan. 22, 2012:
Leading Korean intellectual Nak-chung Paik on the death of Kim Jong-il, South Korea's upcoming elections, and the prospects for peace on the peninsula.
Matthew Penney, Business as Usual - Controversy Flares Over Japanese Nuclear Exports  平常通り営業−−日本の核輸出をめぐって論争高まる
Jan. 15, 2012:
Despite serious doubts about nuclear safety at home, the Japanese government plans to press ahead with nuclear export plans.
Paul Jobin, Nuclear Irresponsibility: Koide Hiroaki Interviewed by Le Monde  核の責任不在−−小出裕章「ル・モンド」インタヴュー
Dec. 21, 2011:
Paul Jobin presents a translation of prominent Japanese nuclear scientist and critic Koide Hiroaki's interview with Philippe Pons of Le Monde.
Paul Jobin, Nuclear Irresponsibility: Koide Hiroaki Interviewed by Le Monde  核の責任不在−−小出裕章「ル・モンド」インタヴュー
Dec. 21, 2011:
Paul Jobin presents a translation of prominent Japanese nuclear scientist and critic Koide Hiroaki's interview with Philippe Pons of Le Monde.
Hirose Takashi, Farewell to Nuclear Power – A Lecture on Fukushima  原発を即時廃炉に
Dec. 18, 2011:
A video lecture with English subtitles by Hirose Takashi, one of Japan's most vocal critics of nuclear power, with an introduction by C. Douglas Lummis.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Japan Nuclear Safety Agency: Radioactive Water Leaks to the Ocean 'Zero'   保安院 海への汚染水、ゼロ扱い 「緊急」で法適用外
Dec. 18, 2011:
The Tokyo Shimbun has revealed that, claiming a "state of emergency", Japan's nuclear regulators are reporting radioactive water leaks from Fukushima Daiichi as "zero".
William Underwood, Overseas Hibakusha Lawsuit: Lee Keun-mok's Legacy  在外被爆者訴訟:三菱徴用工判決から4年 元原告の李さん死去、その足跡
Dec. 08, 2011:
William Underwood translates and introduces a Mainichi Shimbun article on Korean hibakusha Lee Keun-mok and the legacy of the Japan Supreme Court's decision in the Mitsubishi labor conscript case
Andrew DeWit, Japan’s Nuclear Village Wages War on Renewable Energy and the Feed-in Tariff  日本の原発村、再生可能エネルギーと固定価格買取り制度に対し戦闘へ
Dec. 08, 2011:
The Japanese government and power companies have teamed up to thwart attempts to promote renewable energy.
David H. Slater, Fukushima women against nuclear power: finding a voice from Tohoku  福島の女性対原子力発電−−東北からの声
Nov. 09, 2011:
David H. Slater explains why Fukushima women have become a central part of Japan's surging anti-nuclear power movement.
David McNeill, Blood Money - Fukushima Victims Bitter Over Compensation  涙金−−補償額を不服とする福島の犠牲者たち
Oct. 25, 2011:
Victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis are bitter over compensation offers for the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.
Hase Michiko, “We want genpatsu in Tokyo!” – The new sarcastic edge of Japan’s anti-nuclear demos  「東京に原発を!」−−日本の反原発デモに見える新たな風刺性
Oct. 11, 2011:
Japanese protesters demand that a nuclear plant be built in Tokyo, using sarcasm to critique the status quo.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, What are the Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Meltdown? Japanese Press Assessments  福島原発炉心溶融のもたらす結果は?−−日本の諸新聞記事による評価
Sep. 26, 2011:
A recent series of Japanese newspaper articles drawns attention to under-discussed sides of the fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Koide Hiroaki, Japanese Radiation Expert Koide on Fukushima Dangers 原子核物理学専門家小出裕章、福島の危険を語る 
Sep. 12, 2011:
Leading radiation expert Koide Hiroaki details the continuing risks of the Fukushima crisis in the Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun.