| Oct 18, 2011

Noda, tear down this 'nuclear village'

Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, The Great East Japan Earthquake was a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions. While the quake and tsunami did tremendous damage to Tohoku, the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant did even more harm to the country by ...

| Sep 27, 2011

Words of wisdom from JFK to Japan's new chief

Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, The German architect Walter Gropius said, “Specialists are people who always make the same mistakes.” He could have been talking about the majority of postwar Japanese prime ministers. In your lifetime, 25 prime ministers have governed Japan, or tried ...

| Sep 13, 2011

Japan gets vital chance to rethink energy policy

Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan continues to resonate far beyond its geographical borders for many reasons, but most of all because it exposed a deep fault line that runs through the global nuclear industry. The ...

| Apr 26, 2011

Create 'GI Bill' to empower quake, tsunami victims

Dear Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Yoshiaki Takaki, You’ve been busy these past few weeks, I’m sure, working with Prime Minister Naoto Kan to deal with the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor crises that have devastated the northern part of the ...

| Apr 19, 2011

Who pays for nuclear nightmare?

Dear Prime Minister Naoto Kan, At a time when the situation at Japan’s damaged nuclear power plants remains grave, the question of who is going to pay for the costs associated with this unprecedented tragedy may appear premature. Yet, in a recent news conference ...