Elizabeth Elkin
For Elizabeth Elkin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2023
Russia and China have a stranglehold on the world’s food security
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed fertilizers — and who controls them — to the forefront of the political agenda around the world.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 13, 2022
Coal, lumber and food under threat from potential U.S. rail strike
Freight railroads and labor unions worked through the weekend to try to avoid a strike that could cost the U.S. economy more than $2 billion a day.
Japan Times
May 4, 2022
Can the world feed itself? Historic fertilizer crunch threatens food security.
For the billions who don't work in agriculture, the global shortage of affordable fertilizer likely reads like a distant problem. In truth, it will leave no household unscathed.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2022
Russia's war in Ukraine set to compound worldwide hunger crisis as shipments dry up
Together, Russia and Ukraine exporting so much wheat, corn, sunflower oil and other foods that it adds up to more than a tenth of all calories traded globally.
Japan Times
Feb 10, 2021
Deep South towns are counting on Biden to keep his climate promises
Rising heat and more intense flooding are increasing the stress on all sorts of aging American infrastructure, and the impact often hits disadvantaged communities hardest.
Reader Mail
Jun 19, 2011
How will having dosimeters help?
The June 15 Kyodo article "34,000 children in Fukushima to get dosimeters" is absurd. What facilities does the prefecture have available to read these 34,000 dosimeters? None.


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