| 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 ...

| Mar 8, 2011

A worrying period for all ALTs

Dear Education Minister Yoshiaki Takaki: “How tall are you?” “How much do you weigh?” “Ooh, your eyes look like sunflowers.” I guess if I got ¥100 every time a Japanese junior high school student asked me one of those questions, I wouldn’t be writing ...