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John Dicola (R) of the U.S. Navy assists in removing debris during a cleanup effort at the Misawa Fishing Port in Japan on March 14, 2011. Photo by Devon Dow. (Flickr/U.S. Pacific Fleet)

2011: Will Japan's Leaders Squander Post-Disaster Goodwill?

The world may admire Japan's resolve, but unless the country's leaders get their act together "it’s hard to see a bright future," writes Ayako Doi. more
"Switch OFF! Smile ON!" reads this Japanese poster promoting 'setsuden,' or "energy saving." (

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

Journalist Simran Sethi discusses how Japan's nuclear disaster demonstrated the resiliency of the Japanese people to respond to the immediate crisis and reframe their relationship to energy consumption. more
Tsunami survivors Shota Endo (L) and Kei Endo eat relief food outside an evacuation center suffering from power cuts in Shichigahama town, Miyagi prefecture on April 8, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)
Recovery in Japan: Voices from the Ground
Leaders in Japan disaster relief report on the latest civil society efforts to help tsunami and earthquake victims. more
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)

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

When Japan fought back to a close victory against the United States in the Women's World Cup on Sunday, a heartbroken country finally had something to cheer about. more

Loving Art and Doing Good for Japan

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

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

"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. more
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)

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

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. more