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 ...

Upgrading from four wheels to two or three

| Sep 21, 2013

Upgrading from four wheels to two or three

Careening through the winding streets of Chennai, India, in the back of black and yellow auto-rickshaws, I am always amazed by the drivers’ audacity — or perhaps a better term would be “death wish.” These are the subcontinent’s equivalent of New York’s exuberant cabbies, ...