Christopher Hobson

For Christopher Hobson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Security in 'Society 5.0'

Commentary / Japan Jun 5, 2019

Security in 'Society 5.0'

As Japan moves toward Society 5.0, there is a need for a much more transparent accounting of the possible downsides surrounding this transition, and further consideration of how some of the risks can be minimized.

Easy punditry, hard problems

Commentary / World Nov 20, 2016

Easy punditry, hard problems

The experience of the Bush years suggests that the institutions of U.S. democracy are not necessarily strong enough to prevent dangerous and reckless decisions being made. This does not bode well for a Trump presidency.

The 'evil' in Iraq and Syria

Commentary / World Oct 5, 2014

The 'evil' in Iraq and Syria

Questioning the use of force by the U.S. and its allies in response to the crisis in Iraq and Syria does not mean we should sit idly by as innocents continue to be killed and abused.

Commentary / Japan Apr 24, 2014

Rebuilding trust in Tepco

Tepco's task of regaining the trust of Japan's public will be just as difficult as resolving the technical challenges in the decades-long work of decommissioning the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Commentary / Japan Feb 7, 2014

Lessons for fixing Fukushima

In March 2011 all of Japan was united by the terrible experience of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. Three years later this unity is increasingly fracturing as a more uneven reality emerges.

Commentary / Japan Oct 28, 2013

Exposing IAEA to a dose of reality

Contrasting the International Atomic Energy Agency's findings with the reality in Fukushima, one is left wondering whether the IAEA mission got lost in a Potemkin village during their trip.