Stephen Hesse

Stephen Hesse is an educator and writer living in Tokyo. He graduated from Vermont Law School, where he received a JD and an LLM, and is now a professor in the Law Faculty of Chuo University, Tokyo, as well as Associate Director of the Chuo International Center.

For Stephen Hesse's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

| May 24, 2014

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

Young researchers today are in a pickle. Most of them have assumed that peer-reviewed science is fundamentally accepted until new, equally legitimate research proves those findings wrong. However, that was before politicians became self-declared experts on everything under the sun, from science to religion. ...

Energy debate challenges facade of<I> wa</I>

| Mar 22, 2014

Energy debate challenges facade of wa

Torn between his nationalistic instinct to resurrect what he seems to regard as Japan’s great bygone days of empire-building and the mundane demands of caring for the pressing needs of his nation, a remarkably caring soul might almost feel sorry for Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Can waste-made chic save the oceans?

| Feb 22, 2014

Can waste-made chic save the oceans?

Search online for “Pacific gyre” and you’ll get about 455,000 results in 0.15 seconds. Try “Pacific trash vortex” and you’ll get 474,000. Here’s another: Do a search for “Pacific garbage patch” and, in 0.40 seconds, you’ll have 593,000 hits. If you’ve heard horror stories ...

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

| Dec 21, 2013

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

This month’s column takes an intrepid look at efforts to expand protected areas in Japan and worldwide, areas that are essential to conserve biological diversity and mitigate natural disasters. “Intrepid” because ecosystems are the backbone of food and water security, and with national security ...