Three Mile Island's lessons for Japan

| Aug 21, 2011

Three Mile Island's lessons for Japan

by Winifred Bird

In the early hours of March 28, 1979, human errors and mechanical failures combined to cause a cooling system to stop working at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. One of the station’s two nuclear cores overheated, thrusting the plant ...

The world according to AuthaGraph

| Jul 17, 2011

The world according to AuthaGraph

by Tomoko Otake

In today’s wired world, it’s easy to learn about issues anywhere that might affect us or be of interest. So news of a disaster, for example, can be instantly transmitted, shared and discussed by people wherever they might be. In this global village, though, ...

Anti-whalers should just stop ...

| Jun 19, 2011

Anti-whalers should just stop ...

by David Mcneill

Nearly a quarter of a century since Japan began its controversial “research whaling” cull off Antarctica, there was a major development this year in the annual contest of wills between whalers and conservationists. In mid-February, Japan’s whaling fleet was recalled home, with the government ...

Temblor brings hope and tears to zoo

| Jun 19, 2011

Temblor brings hope and tears to zoo

by Eriko Arita

The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11 affected the animals in Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in both negative and positive ways. The most negative impact was the death, on April 16, of a female hippo named Satsuki, who succumbed to inflammation that spread ...

Remembering the day the ocean rose

| Jun 19, 2011

Remembering the day the ocean rose

by Edan Corkill

“Come on up,” said a man wearing dark-blue overalls and a baseball cap. “Come up and see the view.” Anywhere else in Japan and it would have been a welcome invitation. In the tiny village of Unosumai in Iwate Prefecture, however, it was made ...

Japan's renegade hero gives Saipan new hope

| May 15, 2011

Japan's renegade hero gives Saipan new hope

by Rob Gilhooly

Graciano Lisua doesn’t look like someone who would get too worked up about ghosts. Yet superstition, says the broad-shouldered, barrel-chested Chomorron as he leans on his machete, is of great import for the inhabitants of the Mariana Islands. Traditionally, it seems, the aboriginal Chomorro ...

All fired up by Japanese wheels

| Apr 17, 2011

All fired up by Japanese wheels

by Tomoko Otake

Cycling has enjoyed a renewed boom in popularity in recent years as an eco-friendly means of transportation and for its health benefits. Reflecting this trend, more and more helmet-donning businesspeople are seen cycling to work on their glimmering sports bikes these days, often gliding ...

Bags of fun recycling old JTs

| Apr 17, 2011

Bags of fun recycling old JTs

by Eriko Arita

In Japan, English-language newspapers are great sources of news and views and such (some more than others, of course). But a new use for them has lately arisen, with patrons of mini-trucks selling baked yaki-imo (sweet potatoes) in upscale Tokyo office districts thinking it ...

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

| Apr 17, 2011

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

by Eriko Arita

Pripyat, Ukraine, has been a ghost town for the last 25 years. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s No. 4 reactor experienced a sudden power surge resulting in several explosions and fires that sent a massive amount of nuclear debris into ...

Researchers find inner sleuths at Diet library

| Feb 20, 2011

Researchers find inner sleuths at Diet library

by Edan Corkill

There was a nice symmetry to the first task set at the Japan Specialist Workshop, which is currently being hosted by the National Diet Library (NDL) and the International House of Japan. “I want you to find the first Japanese translation of Sir Arthur ...