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Japan's Hidden Gems: Kyushu, Hot Springs, Tea Ceremony and Sumo Wrestling

David Code | Posted 12.11.2015 | Travel
David Code

One of the fondest memories of my three years living in Japan was a hot springs pool in the mountains. My Tokyo girlfriend took me to a quaint old ...

Haunting Photos Of The Everyday Objects That Survived The Atomic Bomb

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

For eight years, Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako traveled to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, over 500 miles away from her hometown of Yokos...

'Cat Street View' Offers A Cat's-Eye View Of The World

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.03.2015 | Weird News

If you've ever wondered how cats see the world, a city in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture has the map for you. The "Cat Street View" map shows ...

From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S.

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

It's time to fully compensate the victims of Agent Orange and fund a total cleanup of the areas in Vietnam that remain contaminated by the toxic chemical. We must hold our leaders accountable for their crimes in Japan and Vietnam, and ensure that such atrocities never happen again.

Time Bomb: The Price of Nuclear Weapons

Emily Hay | Posted 08.12.2015 | Teen
Emily Hay

Children laughing. Parents yawning, scrambling desperately for that first cup of coffee. A city blinking away the remnants of dreams from its tired eyes - just another Monday morning. Then nothing. Silence.

Atomic Bomb Survivors Share Testimonies & Reflections While Visiting Pearl Harbor

Amanda McCracken | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Amanda McCracken

Years after charred corpses drifting in rivers and the smell of cremated bodies had drifted away, hibakushas carried with them the stigma (and ailments associated with radiation). Many Japanese feared the exposure to radiation might infect others.

Why A Nuclear Threat Could Spell Disaster For Climate Change and Humanity

LuxEco Living | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
LuxEco Living

Exactly 70 years ago the world changed forever. The Enola Gay dropped the first nuclear weapon used in war on the citizens of Hiroshima. From that moment on the face of the world and the future of humanity became unrecognizable.


Hiroshima Survivor On Her Devastating Story: The More People Who Know What Happened, The Better | 安藤健二 | Posted 08.11.2015 | World

On Aug. 5, the day before the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing, I stood in the blazing sun outside the rows and rows of multi-level c...

Truth and Consequences: My Uncle and George Takei

Andrea Louie | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Andrea Louie

My uncle helped build the atomic bomb. I have proof, a photocopy of a certificate from the United States War Department: "This is to Certify ...

The Atomic Bomb at 70: Its Fearsome Impact, Frightful Legacy, and Potential Stellar Redemption

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As horrifying as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were, the quantum leap forward in destructive power afforded by the hydrogen bomb made our situation far more perilous. We've been fortunate that virtually unthinkable destruction has not ensued since the nuclear arms race of the 1950s.

It Is Time for Japan to Re-Asianize, Starting With a Gesture From Prime Minister Abe

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

To re-enter this new neighborhood as a "normal power" in the future, Japan must first come to terms with its past. Despite the manifestly evident peacefulness of Japanese society for the last 70 years, the wounds of war remain fresh because they are part of the founding identity of modern Asia's nation-states.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Cheryl Carlesimo

We should remember it always, and clearly, and with detail. The loss of those 200,000 people vanishing in two lethal flashes of light with their billowing mushroom clouds hanging above is still hard to wrap your mind around. The fact that so many were civilians is horrific.

My Dreams Seek Revenge: Visiting Hiroshima

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

I guess no matter how many times I went to Hiroshima, I always expected something different to happen, when in fact nothing happened. There were 200,000 souls out there that no matter how much concrete and paving had been laid down could not have been buried deep enough.

The Similarities Between Mutually Assured Destruction And Climate Change

John A. Tures | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The only question is whether we'll learn from history, as Americans just barely did in the 1960s, or suffer the fate of the Soviet Union, which ignored the science until it was bankrupt and powerless to use its weapons.

Week to Week News Quiz for 8/7/15

John Zipperer | Posted 08.07.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Take our latest Week to Week news quiz to find out why you weren't invited for the prime-time GOP debate. Here are some random but real hints: he was...

When Time Stopped in Hiroshima--and When it Was Stolen

Joe Lauria | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Joe Lauria

There are many watches and clocks from Hiroshima with their hands frozen to mark the moment the first nuclear weapon was used. But Shinji's is likely the only one that lost its hands, but can still be read.

Raging Dinosaurs, Giant Ants and Death Rays: Looking Back on the Nuclear Age

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The nuclear age. Doesn't that phrase seem like ancient history? With the twin anniversaries of the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki coming around again, this is its 70th birthday.

Enola Gay

Dennis Santiago | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

As we wash our hands and let the Middle East descend into a new Dark Age, what will the world say to us about the promises we made that we have since forsaken?

What the Survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Have Taught Us About the Danger of Excessive Fear of Radiation

David Ropeik | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
David Ropeik

Michiko was 11 when the sky flashed a strange blinding white. It was 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945. Moments later came the roaring sound and the heat and the powerful blast of wind, and then in the distance several kilometers away the young Japanese girl saw her suburban home.

Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body

Susan Southard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Susan Southard

On the side of a road on the western side of the Urakami River, Yoshida was lowering a bucket into the well when he looked up and, like others across the city, noticed parachutes high in the sky, descending through a crack in the clouds.

Japan Marks 70 Years Since Hiroshima With Call For Nuke-Free World

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.06.2015 | World

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing...

It Should Never Be Done Again: Hiroshima, 70 Years Later

William Astore | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
William Astore

It seemed the bombs had been worth it, saving countless American (and Japanese) lives, seeing that a major invasion of the Japanese home islands was no longer needed.  But was the A-bomb truly decisive in convincing the Japanese to surrender?

Commemorating the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Jakob von Uexkull

There is general consensus among experts that it is not a matter of if but rather when nuclear weapons will be used. We thus go about our lives oblivious to when our last fifty seconds might be up.

'I Cannot Forgive Myself for What I Did': One Man's Recollections of His Work on the Manhattan Project

Yumiko Sato | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Yumiko Sato

After meeting Sam, I understood one more side to this tragedy: Many Americans are still haunted by guilt for their involvement in the bomb's development.

Hiroshima and the Iran Agreement

Rachel Bronson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Rachel Bronson

The Hiroshima anniversary serves as a reminder of how high the stakes are when it comes to nuclear conflict and disarmament. Seventy years after Hiroshima, the Iran deal is the latest achievement in a continuum of arms control efforts that have staved off more Hiroshimas.