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For Chico Harlan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Dec 9, 2013

Lack of back channels has China talks on ice

Vice President Joe Biden urged Japan and China last week to set up “effective channels of communication” to avoid a dangerous escalation in their increasingly fraught dispute over maritime territory. But the estrangement between the Asian powers is so deep they are barely talking. ...

Disaster-prone Philippines slow to address issues

| Nov 17, 2013

Disaster-prone Philippines slow to address issues

In one of the world’s most naturally deadly countries, catastrophes can originate almost anywhere. Flash floods race down mountainsides. A zigzag of tectonic plates collide below. Typhoons build in warm ocean waters and then tear westward. And when disasters do strike, they strike hard, ...

No. 1 water woes laid to Tepco's ineptitude

Oct 22, 2013

No. 1 water woes laid to Tepco's ineptitude

Two and a half years after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant experienced its three reactor-core meltdowns, the effort to clean up what remains of the complex is turning into another kind of disaster. The site now stores some 340 million liters of radioactive ...

Openings of Iwaki beaches offer semblance of normalcy

Aug 5, 2013

Openings of Iwaki beaches offer semblance of normalcy

Every day, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a part-time worker at one of Fukushima’s most well-known beaches walks toward the shoreline and lowers a dosimeter to the water. The device measures radiation, and its readings this summer have delivered the best news one ...