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Japan Times
Mar 10, 2023
How the 3/11 disasters set in motion an evolution of the U.S.-Japan alliance
The March 11, 2011, tragedy prompted a broad and important shift for the Self-Defense Forces and the country’s military alliance with the United States.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2021
3/11 was pivotal for the Japan-U.S. alliance
It is difficult to describe just how important 3/11 was in evolving the alliance.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2021
Ten years after the quake: Between recovery and remembering
It is often said that u201cgenerals fight the last battle.u201d The same could probably be said for disaster responders. However, each disaster presents new challenges.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2020
Warp speed for clean energy? That won't work.
It might it be easier for the government to subsidize battery research, rather than pre-ordering particular battery units for later distribution? Maybe so, and it would be smart policy.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 20, 2018
U.S. plaintiffs involved in Fukushima disaster relief seek $1 billion in damages over nuclear meltdowns
About 200 U.S. residents have filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and a U.S. firm, seeking at least $1 billion (about ¥106 billion) to cover medical expenses related to radiation exposure suffered during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the utility has said.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 25, 2017
150 Americans sue Tepco over Fukushima fallout
About 150 Americans including sailors sue Tokyo Electric for $5 billion over radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns in March 2011.
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JAPAN / Politics
Mar 17, 2017
Probe into GSDF peacekeeping logs to focus on Defense Ministry heavyweights
A watchdog led by the Defense Ministry will investigate whether the ministry's upper echelons systematically concealed records about conditions faced by Ground Self-Defense Force peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan, a source said Friday.
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JAPAN / Politics
Feb 11, 2017
U.N. agency calls war-stricken South Sudan biggest refugee crisis in Africa
More than 1.5 million people have been forced to leave South Sudan as intense fighting spreads, making it Africa's largest refugee crisis, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.
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JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 20, 2016
A year after passing historic legislation, Japan explores new roles for its troops
A year after Japan enacted legislation that lets it play a more muscular role in global security, the Self-Defense Forces are now in training for potential new missions.
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JAPAN / Politics
Sep 7, 2016
Despite dwindling momentum, Koizumi pursues anti-nuclear goals
While Japan's once-charged anti-nuclear movement struggles to retain its momentum five years after the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi remains doggedly determined to attain his goal of ending the country's reliance on atomic energy.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2016
GSDF troops begin training for wider South Sudan protection mission
The Ground Self-Defense Force has supported U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan since January 2012, six months after the nation gained independence.
May 30, 2016
Let's discuss ex-PM Koizumi's support for the ailing U.S. sailors
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has thrown his support behind a group of former U.S. sailors suing the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Japan Times
May 19, 2016
Former Prime Minister Koizumi backs U.S. sailors suing over Fukushima radiation
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has thrown his support behind a group of former U.S. sailors suing the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The sailors claim health problems they now suffer were caused by exposure to radiation after a triple meltdown at the plant following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2016
Five years on, joint disaster training a legacy of U.S. military's Operation Tomodachi
In the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, a range of U.S. troops and civilian rescue workers joined the relief effort. The scale of the disaster led to unprecedented logistical challenges on both sides and calls for more joint training specifically for disaster relief.
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JAPAN / Politics
Sep 22, 2015
SDF role in South Sudan to expand in May under new security laws
The government is getting ready to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces mission in South Sudan as early as May under the security legislation enacted last week.
Japan Times
Dec 10, 2014
Question of negligence hangs over nuclear firms in U.S. case over Fukushima fallout
Why hasn't the Japanese government, like the USS Ronald Reagan sailors, filed its own lawsuits against these nuclear companies to determine their legal liability for the Fukushima disaster?
Nov 14, 2014
View private operation of schools with caution
Education reformers take for granted that strategies borrowed from business will improve schools. But the evidence is hardly convincing.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 22, 2014
Japan mulls allowing senior SDF officer to take command of U.N. peacekeeping mission
The Abe administration is examining whether it is possible to allow a high-ranking officer of the Self-Defense Forces to take command over international troops in a U.N. peacekeeping operation, a source said Monday.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2014
Energy debate challenges facade of wa
Torn between his nationalistic instinct to resurrect what he seems to regard as Japan's great bygone days of empire-building and the mundane demands of caring for the pressing needs of his nation, a remarkably caring soul might almost feel sorry for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his first months in office. Almost.
Mar 11, 2014
Kennedy sends support tweet
The U.S. military on Tuesday vowed continued support for rebuilding the Tohoku region, while Ambassador Caroline Kennedy sent out a message on Twitter saying, "In my prayers today: The women and men of Tohoku who are rebuilding their communities."


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves