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30
Jan
2014

Adam Broinowski on Chernobyl and Fukushima

Since the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns began in March 2011, the Japanese government has maintained that health concerns from radiation are minimal and that everything is “under control”.

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30
Jan
2014

Tessa Morris-Suzuki on Japan: citizen science vs nuclear crisis

In a barn near Fukushima’s exclusion zone, farmers mix organic fertilisers, looking for recipes to protect their crops from radiation.

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30
Jan
2014

Tom Kompas on saving your sashimi

Current stocks of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery are in danger, with overfishing of high valued ‘sashimi’ species in particular.

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30
Jan
2014

Robert Cribb on transitional justice

The war crimes trials of more than 5,600 Japanese soldiers by Western allies, China and The Philippines after the Second World War are Asia’s largest exercise in transitional justice.

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30
Jan
2014

Simon Avenell on Japanese environmentalism

Facing a domestic pollution crisis in the 1970s, Japanese activists went global, communicating the story of pollution to international organisations, the foreign media, and environmental NGOs.

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24
Jan
2014

East Asia Forum - Toshiya Takahashi on Abe's Yasukuni visit: the view from Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine on 26 December 2013 has provoked criticism and denunciation from inside and outside Japan.

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22
Jan
2014

East Asia Forum - Mark Fabian on Japan reforming its work culture

Like many developed economies, Japan is currently pushing to get more women into the workforce as a way of lifting its growth potential and financing aged care.

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22
Jan
2014

Hamish McDonald on China and Japan pushing the limit of America's security order in East Asia

To the consternation of America, which sees itself as guaranteeing the current security order in East Asia, the new leaders of the region’s two biggest powers are moving further and faster with agendas that unsettle the status quo.

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08
Jan
2014

Rikki Kersten on Japanese politics: trends and prospects

Rikki Kersten's Japan Update address has been abridged and published in the forum of the AJRC, Australia and Japan in the Region.

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07
Jan
2014

Adam Broinowski on Fukushima:Life and the transnationality of radioactive contamination

Dr Adam Broinowski looks at the ongoing effects of radiation contamination after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. AWhen Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) was torn apart by several explosions, whether due to technical failings in correspondence with the earthquakes, tsunami or a combination of both, it not only dispersed radioactive contaminant but also exposed the bonds connecting people’s lives with nuclear power. - See more at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Adam-Broinowski/4009#sthash.7h5lSgCG.dpuf

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