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Water Storage Tank. A team of IAEA experts check out water storage tanks TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on 27 Nov 2103. Greg Webb/IAEA
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Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare: Third Anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster

Mar 10, 2014
Three years ago, an earthquake unleashed a powerful tsunami that slammed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing a meltdown of three of the plants six nuclear reactors. On the eve of the anniversary of the disaster, we spoke with Japan’s Vice Minister for the Environment, Hideki Makihara.

Clash of Dreams: Becoming a ‘Normal Country’ in East Asia

Feb 04, 2014
The region’s countries have different visions of what they want to be. Can they work together to achieve them?

Asia’s Scramble for Africa: Who Woos Best?

Jan 27, 2014
A new scramble for Africa is unfolding. But it’s no longer Western powers vying for land and the continent’s wealth as they had until the outbreak of World War I. The power struggle now is among Asian nations, most notably China and Japan.

Japan in 2014: Can Abe Manage China Tensions?

Jan 09, 2014
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.

Recent Books by Asia Program Scholars and Staff

Dec 17, 2013
Asia Program scholars and staff have produced a bumper crop of new books over the past two years. Our ten most recent publications cover the broad expanse of Asia with a wide variety of focuses.

New South Korean Foreign Ministry Documents Added to Digital Archive

Dec 17, 2013
The North Korea International Documentation Project, in cooperation with Kyungnam University, has recently added nearly 30 documents from the South Korean Foreign Ministry Archive on US-ROK and inter-Korean relations and North Korean foreign policy in the 1970s to the Digital Archive.

How to Prevent Accidental Conflict in the East China Sea

Dec 12, 2013
Since the crisis over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in September 2012, the area around these tiny islands has become a zone of tension with high probability of an accident and subsequent conflict. Global Fellow Zheng Wang details his proposal to avoid both.

East China Sea Dispute = End of East Asian Miracle?

Dec 12, 2013
"Neither Tokyo nor Beijing has shown any signs of backing down on their claims to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. What’s more, as Washington gets pulled ever more into taking sides in the dispute, the stakes are getting even higher for the situation to explode," writes Shihoko Goto in The Globalist.

Biden’s Balancing Act

Dec 03, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden’s endeavors to reassure the Japanese that Washington remains committed to ensuring stability in East Asia may not have been enough for Tokyo.

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