What is most needed for Japan to get out of its current intellectual slump and to restore vitality are government and corporate sectors that espouse transparency and accountability consistently and over time.
The disaster at Fukushima last year exposed how entrenched interests among key decision-makers have contaminated Japanese society, endangering the long-term prosperity of Japan.
You can't just keep rolling out sensationalized headlines about this story every couple of months without some "new" news to report along with it. We need accurate, up-to-date information about the tsunami debris and how it might affect our lives.
The only sounds were of distant earth movers, the whistling of the wind and the call of the crows, for the moment at least the only true residents of Onagawa.
While the bluefin tuna is widely acknowledged to be a threatened fish, the price paid Thursday for one 593-pound catch is more a show of nationalism and marketing saavy than a sign of how endangered the tuna has become.
The tsunami debris is real, it is out there, and we are tracking it. By every measure, it represents an environmental disaster coming toward us. So does it really matter what people call it? I think it does.
Today we put on our final youth clinic of this incredible trip and it was one of my favorite days because it took place in Kiyoto, the hometown of my friend, Sachio Kinugasa, the Japanese "Iron Man".
For me, the saddest stories are about needless human suffering, suffering caused by greed, hate, or more maddeningly, the inability of responsible people to act responsively. Minamata and Fukushima are both that kind of story.
After passing through the devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan we didn't know what to expect when we reached the local school and the young kids who lost so much.
It's organizations like Tofu Project that are adding to the flavorful entrepreneurial spirit in the Bay Area. San Francisco hasn't always been about Rice-a-Roni or cable cars, Apple or The Gap. Now, Tofu has come to town and will make its impression on the Golden Gate backdrop.
This is the miraculous story of "Maruko," a dog who survived under the rubble of her house for 11 days with no food or water after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. But that was just the beginning of a long, hard 6-month journey for this dog.
I asked Japan's Consul General, who was marking his last full day as a member of the diplomatic corps in LA, to tell us what lessons we can learn from Japan's catastrophe.
The past 18 months have illustrated our fragility to large-scale natural disasters at both extremes of the economic spectrum.
Japan may be far away from New York and in a very different part of the planet, but let's remember what happened there earlier this year.
Over 70 percent of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2010. The earthquake and its long-lasting aftershocks to global supply chains have prompted a complete rethink in supply chain management.
Change is coming in Japan and I have touched on this point in recent discussions. In addition to formal and respected groups like the AESJ, change will also come from the grassroots level and my guess is it will be the mothers of Japan who will lead the charge.