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Why Tokyo's Two Towers Embody Shift 'From Modern to Postmodern'

The Tokyo Sky Tree (R), Genmori-bashi and a Tobu 6050 series train in October 2011. The Tokyo Sky Tree opened in May 2012. (ykanazawa1999/Flickr)
Lifestyle

The self-consciously futuristic Tokyo Tower is now an icon of the past, whereas the newer Tokyo Sky Tree's traditionalism unmistakably fits into a 21st-century aesthetic.

Expert: China's Growth Doesn't Need to Lead to Environmental Deterioration

Smog in central Shanghai. (oliverlaumann/Flickr)
Policy

According to a recent Asia Society report by Senior Advisor Dr. Junjie Zhang, sustainable development and economic growth in China do not need to be mutually exclusive.

Asia Society Global Council Member Tommy Koh: Safe Water is a 'Human Right'

Clean drinking water from rainwater harvesting tank in Tilonia, India. (Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia/Flickr)
Policy

700 million people in Asia don't have access to safe drinking water. In a Straits Times op-ed, Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh proposes solutions for a looming crisis.

Watch: New Documentary Short Explores Northern China's Huge Water Crisis

Multimedia

"The Story of Invisible Water," produced by Asia Society's China Green project, heads to the North China Plain to shed light on "of the world’s worst environmental crises."

Video: China's Natural Forests Under 'Savage Attack'

Multimedia

Asia Society's China Green project's latest video, "China's Fragile Forests," was produced by China-based multimedia journalist Sean Gallagher.

Hong Kong Designer Tells New York Apartment Dwellers to 'Blur the Boundaries'

Hong Kong designer Gary Chang demonstrates his
Lifestyle

In an interview with Asia Blog, Gary Chang, inventor of the remarkable "Domestic Transformer" apartment, shares some secrets for adapting to a small living space.

2011: Post Nuclear Tragedy, Three Inspiring Environmental Shifts in Japan

Lifestyle

This is part of a series of year-end posts on Asia Blog written by Asia Society experts and Associate Fellows looking back on noteworthy events in 2011. You can read the entire series here.

Welcome Back to the Industrial Revolution

(San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive/Flickr)

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable  what hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Can The UN Regulate Domestic Environmental Policy?

The United Nations Headquarters in New York City. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)

During a recent speech to the World Trade Organization, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that sustainable development will be the United Nations’ top priority during his second term. What have been the United Nations greatest contributions to the area of sustainable development under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon? What steps can the organization take to better address the variety of issues surrounding sustainable development, such as climate change, food security, alternative energy, and water?

The Real Issues Behind Sustainable Development

Construction of a structural column in Indonesia, 2010. (Shanghai Daddy/Flickr)

During a recent speech to the World Trade Organization, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that sustainable development will be the United Nations’ top priority during his second term. What have been the United Nations greatest contributions to the area of sustainable development under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon? What steps can the organization take to better address the variety of issues surrounding sustainable development, such as climate change, food security, alternative energy, and water?