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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.
Matthew Penney, Contamination Outside Fukushima  福島の範囲を超える汚染
Sep. 04, 2011:
Japan's AERA magazine discusses the impact of radiation in the Kanto region - the area around Tokyo host to 1/3 of Japan's population.
Greg Mitchell, From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Japan Set to Declare Wide Area Uninhabitable Due to Radiation  ヒロシマからフクシマ−−日本政府、放射線による居住不可能の広域設定発表へ
Aug. 22, 2011:
Greg Mitchell describes how as Japan prepares to declare a wide area surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant ‘uninhabitable’ a debate rages on the consequences of the earthquake tsunami and meltdown . . . and on the future of nuclear power in Japan. 
Pio d'Emilia, Dispatches from the No-Go Zone  立ち入り禁止地帯からの特報
Aug. 15, 2011:
Pio d'Emilia reports from the no-go zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
John Eperjesi , Jeju: From peace island to war island  済州島−−平和の島から戦争の島へ
Aug. 14, 2011:
John Eperjesi discusses popular and literary representations of an island that both evokes South Korea's Cold War past and takes a central place in debates about current relations with North Korea, China, and the United States.  
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature, Tokyo Shimbun's Devastating Critique of Fukushima Compensation Bill  東京新聞社説「東電賠償案 株主責任はどうする」
Aug. 03, 2011:
A Tokyo Shimbun editorial accuses the government of taking the burden of Fukushima Daiichi disaster compensation away from those responsible and putting it on taxpayers.
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.