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Photo(s) of the Day: Going Gaga for Halloween in Japan

Multimedia

A woman dresses up in a Lady Gaga costume at the Halloween parade at the La Cittadella in Kawasaki, Japan. (Danny Choo/Flickr)

Asia Society Co-commission, 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,' Takes Flight in Edinburgh

A scene from Stephen Earnhart's <i>The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle</i>.
Arts

Asia Society's co-commissioned production of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, inspired by Haruki Murakami's internationally popular novel, received stellar reviews when it ran at the Edinburgh International Festival late last month.

Director Stephen Earnhart's production combined dazzling elements of live performance, music, puppetry and dance/movement with cinematic video and audio technology to create a hypnotic "theater of dreams."

Naoto Kan's Resignation Leaves Japan in Leadership Vacuum

Former Japanese foreign minister Seiji Maehara declared his candidacy at the National Diet in Tokyo on Aug. 23, 2011 to replace Naoto Kan as prime minister next week. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Naoto Kan's resignation will bring Japan its sixth Prime Minister in five years. 

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.

The Deadly Cost of Marine Debris

Trash in the Great Pacific. (cesar harada/Flickr)
Sustainability

A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, found that tens of thousands of tons of debris are ingested annually by fish in the Pacific Ocean. In this week's Sustainability Roundtable, we asked our experts how Asia and the United States can cooperate to tackle the problem of pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Is there a chance for collaboration on cleaning and waste management efforts?

Loving Art and Doing Good for Japan

Arts

Three months after Japan's disaster, a follow-up report on a grassroots relief effort mounted by New York's arts community.

After Japan's Nuclear Crisis, A New Emphasis on Renewable Energy

Members of environmental action group Greenpeace hold up an anti-nuclear banner in front of the Central Government offices in Hong Kong on March 22, 2011. (RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

Asia Society's Sustainability Roundtable will be a regular feature on the re:ASIA blog featuring insight and analysis on current events from our team of sustainability experts. This week, we asked our roundtable to reflect on last week's G8 summit, which took place May 26-27 in Deauville, France. How did the summit address issues such as nuclear safety, climate change and the ongoing bioenergy debate?

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.

Video: Asia Shouldn't Rush Toward Nuclear to Solve Energy 'Dilemma'

Activists from environmental action group Greenpeace carry portraits of victims from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster during an anti-nuclear protest outside Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Jakarta on April 26, 2010 marking the 24th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident in Ukraine and to denounce Indonesia's plans to use nuclear energy. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

According to Asia Society Global Council Co-Chair Simon Tay Japan's Fukushima nuclear distaster should have a "transformative impact" on the energy strategies for the rest of Asia.

Two Months On, Japan Still Needs Our Support

A mother prays for her missing child at the Okawa elementary school in the tsunami-devastated city of Ishinomaki, in Japan's Miyagi prefecture on May 11, 2011. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai urges Asia Society readers to donate to continued relief efforts through our sister organization, the Japan Society.