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Japan's Victory: A Triumph Bigger Than the World Cup

Japan's midfielder Homare Sawa celebrates after the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match Japan vs USA on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 following extra-time. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

When Japan's women's soccer team fought back to a close victory against the United States in the World Cup final on Sunday in Germany, it broke a 26-game losing streak against the Americans. But the win was much more than just an underdog sports story, it was also a significant upturn for the nation's collective pride.

Harney: 'Japan's politicians are failing the country' [UPDATED]

A girl holds her petition to ask the education ministry to protect children from radioactive contamination at Fukushima prefecture during a rally at the Education Ministry in Tokyo on May 23, 2011. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

"Politicians in Tokyo are lollygagging and bickering over partisan issues instead of offering practical ideas for rebuilding the devastated regions," says Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney.

Alexandra Harney: In Japan, "Stark Difference" in Reactions to Radiation [Video]

Alexandra Harney, Asia Society Associate Fellow based in Hong Kong.
Lifestyle Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney talks differing views on radiation, and the short- and long-term political and economic effects of Japan's March 11 natural disaster.