Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

Feb 22, 2014

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

Often dubbed one of the world’s most important intellectuals and its leading public dissident, Noam Chomsky was for years among the top 10 most quoted academics on the planet, edged out only by William Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Aristotle. An unrelenting critic of U.S. foreign ...

Resisting the historical deniers

Nov 23, 2013

Resisting the historical deniers

Shin Kawashima recalls his heart sinking with the reelection of Shinzo Abe. A specialist in Asian diplomatic history at the University of Tokyo, Kawashima has spent years trying to narrow the gap between Japan and China’s strikingly different interpretations of wartime history. The election ...

Nov 23, 2013

Re-engineering Shinto

Japan’s ancient, indigenous religion, premodern Shinto, was considered one of the world’s least dogmatic, laidback belief systems. Many of its earthy, animist rituals were tied to a love of nature and tradition, anchored around festivals and ceremonies honoring kami (gods) found in all aspects ...

Dark sides of Toyota's drive to be No. 1

Jun 9, 2013

Dark sides of Toyota's drive to be No. 1

Like most corporate giants, Toyota isn't all squeaky clean. Yet in their book "Toyota no Shotai" ("The True Colors of Toyota") published in Japanese in 2006, Hajime Yokota and Makoto Sataka catalog the Japanese media's timidity when it comes to covering the nation's top ...