The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has forced Japan to reconsider its energy policy, and as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake, public opinion remains deeply divided about the country’s future energy policy including nuclear power. The United States, too, is facing its own challenges, as a bonanza in natural gas within its borders in recent years is redefining the meaning of energy independence. How both countries are looking beyond petroleum to meet their respective energy needs, and prospects for alternative energy sources including nuclear power, were the topics of discussion at the latest Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo on October 31, 2012.
Last week's visit by India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the first such visit by an Indian prime minister in five years, prompted the Wilson Center's Robert Hathaway and Kent Hughes to discuss U.S.-India relations at a recent press briefing. Here they outline their expectations of both this visit and the evolving relationship between the two nations.
Can working in China make you sick? Japanese electronics giant Panasonic certainly thinks so. It’s prepared to pay its expatriates for sacrificing their health to do business in the country. But this move could backfire, writes Shihoko Goto.
Will Japan assert its own vision for East Asia, or will it continue simply to react to China? That will be the biggest question in 2014 for Tokyo as tensions with Beijing continue to mount writes Shihoko Goto.
As the death toll rises and the nuclear crisis unfolds, both caused by the tsunami and earthquake of epic scale, Japan is facing the worst crisis since World War II. Wilson Center Japan Scholar Nobuo Fukuda analyzes the disaster's impact.
Japan scholar Hideshi Futori's paper on Japan's disaster relief diplomacy was published by the East-West Center. The full article can be accessed via: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/japan%E2%80%99s-disaster-relief-diplomacy-fostering-military-cooperation-in-asia