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Japan's Ex-Leader: 'We Were Totally Unprepared' For Fukushima

Posted 05.08.2012 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Japan was woefully unprepared for last year's nuclear disaster, the country's former prime minister said, and suggested that the crippl...

Japan Prime Minister Says He Will Consider Resigning

Posted 08.02.2011 | World

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Thursday, although he did so in part because he suggested he might resig...

A Look Inside Japan's Nuclear Dependency Culture

The New York Times | MARTIN FACKLER and NORIMITSU ONISHI | Posted 07.30.2011 | World

KASHIMA, Japan -- When the Shimane nuclear plant was first proposed here more than 40 years ago, this rural port town put up such fierce resistance th...

Japan Approves Nearly $50 Billion For Post-Earthquake Rebuilding

Reuters | Linda Sieg and Kazunori Takada | Posted 06.21.2011 | World

April 22, 2011 4:37:58 AM By Linda Sieg and Kazunori Takada TOKYO, April 22 (Reuters) - Japan's cabinet approved on Friday almost $50 billion of...

Japan Prime Minister Visits Nuclear Exclusion Zone

Reuters | Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chisa Fujioka | Posted 06.01.2011 | World

April 2, 2011 2:57:26 AM - By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO, April 2 (Reuters) - Japan's prime minister made his first visit to the coun...

Japan Told To Consider Widening Evacuation Zone Around Nuclear Plant

Reuters | Chizu Nomiyama and Chisa Fujioka | Posted 05.30.2011 | World

March 31, 2011 6:30:27 AM By Chizu Nomiyama and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on Japan on Thursday to expand the ev...

Japanese Rate PM's Quake Response

Christian Science Monitor | Justin McCurry | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

Amid the destruction and nuclear crisis caused by the March 11 tsunami, there is a joke making the rounds in Japan: President Obama telephones Naoto K...

Poor Risk Communication in Japan Makes Things Worse

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Ropeik

Risk management in a crisis has to include not just the threat itself but also how people perceive and respond to the threat. Risk communication is a vital tool; for managing that part of the overall risk.

US-Japan Friendship Dolls Then & How to Help Today

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

This is a time when Japan and its current leader, Naoto Kan, or some as yet undiscovered inspiring visionary, need to figure out a pathway to reinvention. This is a time when Japan needs help.

Japanese Government Warns Those Nearby Plant To Stay Indoors

AP/The Huffington Post | By ERIC TALMADGE and SHINO YUASA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SOMA, Japan -- Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tue...

Japanese PM: Crisis Is Japan's 'Most Severe' Since World War II

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TAGAJO, Japan (AP) -- The death toll in Japan's earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an official said Sunday, as milli...

Japan Foreign Minister Quits Amid Scandal

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Linda Sieg and Yoko Kubota TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara resigned on Sunday to take responsibility for accepting don...

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 'Silly Shirts' Tradition Nixed For 2010 Japan Summit (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The choice to host this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Japan has reportedly resulted in the loss of a tradition simultaneou...

Japanese Prime Minister Slammed By Wife In New Book

CNN | Kyung Lah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is used to political lashings. But the latest one is not from an opposition party -- it's from his own wife. In a b...

Will Okinawa's Voice Be Heard in Washington?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Many Japanese feel throttled by their American ally and feel that they have less and less choice in the security relationship -- constrained both by regional realities and an overlord that doesn't understand their problems.

Obama Did Not "Take Down" Hatoyama

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Devin Stewart

Wouldn't it be nice if Obama were able to take down leaders of countries just by being "icy" toward them? Imagine the power.

With Friends Like Us: How The Obama Administration Helped Topple The Japanese Prime Minister

The New Republic | R. Taggart Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Japan has a new prime minister, Naoto Kan, but he comes from the same party--the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)--as Yukio Hatoyama, who resigned last...

The Rise of Naoto Kan: Japan's Lesson for China

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gardels

Japan is demonstrating to the rest of East Asia today just how hard it is to change once the course has been set by an unchallenged bureaucratic elite.