| Oct 25, 2011

Kurosawa's nightmare and the voices of Fukushima

Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, After the disasters of March 11 occurred, I was reminded of Akira Kurosawa’s 1990 movie, “Dreams.” The film includes one episode, “Mount Fuji in Red,” that depicts explosions at a nuclear power plant near Mount Fuji that actually cause ...

| 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 ...