As an illiberal China exerts global influence, small Pacific states become canaries in a geopolitical coal mine.
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In these polarized times, crises bring together people from a range of backgrounds to spread the word about perils linked to climate change.
Clueless online crusaders risk doing real harm to the very cultures they claim to represent
Considering constitutional issues and the risk of creating 'martyrs,' the current law strikes the right balance.
To understand why some students in Japan, China and Korea plagiarize or don't speak out, it's worth looking at their modern education systems.
The 19th century rescript caught up in the Moritomo Gakuen scandal is not just a collection of homely moral precepts.
The truth is, as many volunteers are needed as can help the many homeowners who want possessions recovered from destroyed homes, or who need trash and heavy broken appliances pulled out of their otherwise intact dwellings.
All things considered, it makes sense to preserve Okawa Elementary School as a memorial, as a warning and as a site for disaster education.
Entrepreneurship, reconstruction and tourism still may not be enough to save rapidly depopulating Onagawa.
Clueless identity politics activists in the U.S. are no friends of Japan's struggling kimono industry.