| Oct 9, 2003

The roots of national security grow under our very feet

For many policymakers, the concept of national security now simply means possessing the capacity for overwhelming destruction. Armchair warriors find such thinking reassuringly straightforward and comforting, a neat and tidy corollary of “Might makes right.” It is also pure fantasy. To define the security ...

| Sep 11, 2003

'War on Terror' veils assaults on the environment

Alread two years have passed since terrorist attacks in New York and Washington shook America and shocked the world. Today, the repercussions of those tragedies continue to impact American lives in ways never imagined. For environmentalists, one of the most disturbing consequences has been ...

| Aug 28, 2003

The answer is blowing in the wind

Let me be honest from the outset: I’m a serious fan of wind power, and I’d love to see Japan become a world leader in wind-power generation. I’ll admit, too, that my reasons are partly selfish. I live in Japan and am raising my ...

| Jul 10, 2003

Know what you eat

Trying to understand the debate over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is a bit like trying to pick up mercury. It seems solid enough, but try to grasp it and it slips away. Critics of GMOs might draw another parallel as well. Considering how pervasive ...

| May 22, 2003

Corporate values ignore the bottom line

With all the scandals swirling around U.S. corporations, public respect for CEOs has plunged and, as a lawyer, I can empathize. Stories about sleazy lawyers chasing after ambulances still bring color to my cheeks, so I understand what it’s like to work in a ...

| Apr 24, 2003

Feedback

Dear readers, as you rarely get the last word, this week’s column aims to put that right. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the dangers of our society’s addiction to oil, and noted that much of the world still believes the primary purpose of ...

| Apr 10, 2003

Addiction rages blindly on

Too bad the Iraq war is not just about oil. It would be much easier to fathom if it were. Similarly, dealing with the world’s oil addiction would be far easier if it were a simple, zero-sum game, rather than a combination of grave ...