Chairman's Message: Revising the Japanese Constitution
In his latest message, Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair says that Japan should clarify its civil-military relations and reassess the roles of the three components of the Self Defense Forces before revisiting its constitution.
Japan ramps up clean energy as U.S. recedes
Umair Irfan, Published by E&E News on June 6, 2017
Japan is trying to reinvent itself as a major technology exporter, with energy as a key component of its role in mitigating global climate change. While perfecting technology for geothermal energy and other clean energy sources, the country is also seeking more liquefied natural gas exports from the United States. This is one article in a series Umair is publishing about his December 2016 trip to Japan as the first recipient of Sasakawa USA's Journalism Fellowship with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).
Rewriting the Story of Fukushima, Six Years Later
Emily Gallagher, Posted by New America on April 26, 2017
Fukushima is no longer a story of disaster. Now, six years after the nuclear meltdown, Fukushima is a story about building back the fundamentals of a society. It is about how quickly disasters can deteriorate trust in institutions and how laborious it is to gain that trust back. And about how misinformation is a hardy foe against fact. Those are the lessons Emily Gallagher learned when she visited Fukushima through the Sasakawa USA SEED Program in March 2017.
Energy opportunity, security, and a nod (bow) to Japan
Kate Gordon, From her personal blogpost on April 12, 2017
Financial Times stated that
"Successful development in China opens the door to the export of coal-intensive technologies, undercutting international efforts to limit emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases." Kate Gordon notes that she saw this tension play out starkly during her visit to Tokyo and Fukushima through the Sasakawa USA SEED Program in March 2017.
True Stories from Japan
"The little things"
As a black American, Alanna stood out while studying abroad in Japan. Yet, she learned that patience and willingness to learn the local language and cultural norms are key to connecting with others in a new environment, and may help change apprehensive perceptions. Alanna is currently the Education Intern at Sasakawa USA.