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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.

Japan Battered by Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami

Fire and water engulf homes after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

A massive earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, March 11.

Japanese Kokeshi Dolls Come to Life at Asia Society New York

Arts

Artists Lisa and Jacob Hodsdon demonstrate the traditional Japanese folk art of Kokeshi Dolls at Asia Society New York.

APEC: Japan Says No More Funny Shirts

BOGAR, INDONESIA:  APEC leaders in traditional Batik tunics for the official photo during the 6th APEC summit in Bogar, Indonesia. November 25, 1994. (Toru Ymanaka/AFP/Getty Images
Lifestyle Since 1994, APEC leaders have donned sometimes questionable examples of national dress.

Japocalypse Watch: Metrosexuals Causing Economic Downfall?

A model shows off a Uniqlo T-shirt (UT) brand Japanese Manga Animation, 'One Piece' T-shirt during a photo session in Tokyo on April 15, 2010. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle While the United States suffers from a generation of 20-something college-graduated slackers, Japan sees its own share of underachievers too.