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Citigroup Senior Advisor: "We all would pitch in" to help Japan

CNBC's Amanda Drury reporting live from the Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
Business

The Asia Society in New York played host Wednesday afternoon to a panel discussion entitled "Does Economic Nationalism Threaten the World Economy?" featuring former Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration Larry Summers, Asia Society Trustee and Citigroup Senior Advisor William R. Rhodes and Kathleen Stephansen, Managing Director and Head of Economic Strategy at AIG.

In Disaster's Wake, Japan Defies Prediction

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayaka Doi.
Policy

The unprecedented catastrophe in Japan's Tohoku region brought on by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the following tsunami and the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant have produced countless stories of human tragedy, endurance and bravery, as well as of a spirit of cooperation among the people of Japan. But the destruction is so complete and the challenges are so enormous and multi-faceted that it's hard to predict what the economic and political consequences of this disaster will be, mid- to long-term.

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.

Japan's Human Tragedy and the Confidence of a Nation

A religious statue stands among the rubble in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture on March 17, 2011 after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayako Doi contributed a special report to Fareed Zakaria's "Global Public Square" (or GPS) blog on CNN.com yesterday.

Japan and the Art of Rebuilding

Members of Kodo, the famous Japanese taiko troupe, perform March 14, 2011 at the Asia Society in New York.
Arts

I learned about the enormous earthquake in my homeland via email. A number of my New York friends were immediately concerned about the safety of my family and friends in Japan. Luckily, I was able to get in touch with most of my closest relations by phone in less than an hour. Then I waited anxiously for my friends in Japan to respond to my emails.

Soon, responses from my acquaintances in Japan's art world poured into my inbox. They were shaken, but safe.

In Japan's Wake, Can Nuclear be Relied Upon to Fuel Asia's Boom?

Anti-nuclear activists hold a protest near the presidential palace in Manila on March 15, 2011. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Global Council Co-Chair Simon Tay has penned an op-ed entitled "Japan gives Asia pause in its nuclear ambitions," published earlier this week in Singapore's Today newspaper and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

Video: USA Today On Emotional Kodo Drum Performance at Asia Society

Kodo performers at Asia Society in New York on March 14, 2011.
Arts

Kodo, the famous Japanese Taiko troupe, gave a rousing and heartfelt performance yesterday at the Asia Society in New York. The event was originally intended to celebrate Kodo's 30-year anniversary, but with the performers' minds focused on family and friends back home, the evening took on greater significance.

How You Can Help Japan's Earthquake Victims

Members of the Special Malaysia Disaster Assitance and Rescue Team (SMART) load emergency and relief supplies into an aircraft for Japan at the Subang Airforce base in Kuala Lumpur on March 15, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

As we continue to watch the horrible tragedy unfold in Japan, many of us are looking for ways we can help. Asia Society would like to direct our members and online readers to our sister organization, Japan Society, which has set up a Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. One hundred percent of your contributions will go to organizations that directly help victims recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

Crisis a "Leadership Opportunity" for Japan

A man cycles past upturned cars and tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. (Mike Clarke /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Northeast Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami have already killed thousands and left a landscape in ruin, but the country's nightmare is far from over. Rescuers are struggling to find survivors and the Japanese government is grappling with unstable nuclear reactors.

"The Japanese government and its people are working together to deal with both the physical and emotional damage left in the wake,” says Michael Kulma, Asia Society's Executive Director for Global Leadership Initiatives.

Japan's Disaster: Assessing the Long-Term Effects

 A survivor wrapped in a blanket stands to look on tsunami-damaged town at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011. (Yomiuri Shimbun /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the nuclear plant explosions that followed, are the biggest national emergency Japan has faced since World War II. As the scale of the damage emerges, how the Japanese government responds will determine more than the fate of hundreds of thousands of people in the areas affected. It will also shape the country's direction for many years to come.