Japan http://nhpr.org en American Politics And The Asian Pacific http://nhpr.org/post/american-politics-and-asian-pacific <p>The administration wants&nbsp; to “pivot east” - to move away from Europe and the Middle East and more towards Japan, South Korea, and especially China - given its economic and military power.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><ul><li><strong>Kathleen Molony </strong>– director and executive committee member of the Fellows Program at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade.</li></ul> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38463 at http://nhpr.org American Politics And The Asian Pacific Radioactive Man http://nhpr.org/post/radioactive-man <p>Two weeks ago marked the second anniversary of the nuclear disaster and subsequent evacuation of Fukushima, Japan defying the government-mandated evacuation orders and living by himself inside “The Zone” is 53 year-old Naoto Matsumara, a fifth generation rice farmer who returned to Fukushima not long after the disaster first unfolded. Vice Japan’s <strong>Ivan Kovac</strong> is director and editor of “Alone in the Zone”, a <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/radioactive-man-japan" target="_blank">documentary</a> that follows Naoto on his mission to care for the pets and livestock abandoned after the 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24786 at http://nhpr.org Radioactive Man "Girl Model": A Journey of Deceipt and Exploitation http://nhpr.org/post/girl-model-journey-deceipt-and-exploitation <p>The dream of “being discovered” is on parade at a casting call in Novosibirsk, one of several Siberian cities that supply the pre-adolescent, doe-eyed, “Russian look” models most desired by the Japanese fashion market. Ashley Arbaugh<a href="http://www.noahmodels.com/" target="_blank"> scours&nbsp;rural beauty pageants </a>for girls,&nbsp;typically poor, mostly looking for a way out, and sends them off to Tokyo. That journey, marked by deceit and exploitation, is the subject of “Girl Model”, a documentary feature by <strong>David Redmon </strong>and <strong>Ashley Sabin. </strong>Together, David and Ashley have produced, directed and edited seven documentary feature films. Their latest,<a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/girlmodel/" target="_blank"> “Girl Model,” makes its broadcast premiere </a>on PBS’s acclaimed POV&nbsp;series on Sunday.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 24044 at http://nhpr.org "Girl Model": A Journey of Deceipt and Exploitation Rough Patches Behind It, Toyota Tries To Accelerate http://nhpr.org/post/rough-patches-behind-it-toyota-tries-accelerate Paul Schubert and his wife decided to buy a new car last summer — a really fuel-efficient one. After a lot of research, they settled on a Toyota Prius. But there was a problem: They couldn't find one.<p>The tsunami that devastated Japan in March had dried up supplies of the Prius, which is made in Japan, and a dealer told them they would have to wait — "about four months," Schubert says. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:23:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 3187 at http://nhpr.org Rough Patches Behind It, Toyota Tries To Accelerate For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep http://nhpr.org/post/japanese-linguist-long-and-lonely-schlep A smattering of Yiddish words has crept into the American vernacular: Non-Jews go for a nosh or schmooze over cocktails. Yet the language itself, once spoken by millions of Jews, is now in retreat.<p>But you don't have to be Jewish to love Yiddish. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:38:00 +0000 Lucy Craft 3159 at http://nhpr.org For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep In Japan, 'Sliced-Up Actors' Are A Dying Breed http://nhpr.org/post/japan-sliced-actors-are-dying-breed Japan is home to Asia's oldest and largest motion-picture industry, with its own unique genres and traditions. While every film industry has stuntmen, only Japan has a class of actors whose main job is to be sliced and diced by samurai sword-wielding protagonists. But the decline of period dramas means that this class of actors is literally a dying breed.<p>At the Toei Company's film studios in Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto, fight choreographers rehearse for an upcoming stage show. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 2798 at http://nhpr.org In Japan, 'Sliced-Up Actors' Are A Dying Breed Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan's Northeast http://nhpr.org/post/rethinking-not-just-rebuilding-japans-northeast With a fierce yell and a resounding thwack, 13-year-old Japanese student Nanami Usui brings her bamboo sword down on her opponent.<p>By practicing Kendo, or Japanese swordsmanship, Usui is one of several students in the town of Minamisanriku who are rebuilding their confidence after last year's tsunami washed away their homes and shattered their hometown in the country's northeast.<p>Usui says she dreams of being a police officer, but she doesn't know yet where she wants to live and work.<p>"Most high school students here have dreams about their future careers," she says, as she prepares to do Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:39:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 2466 at http://nhpr.org Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan's Northeast Crippled Japanese Reactors Face Decades Of Work http://nhpr.org/post/crippled-japanese-reactors-face-decades-work The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, lasted for many terrifying minutes. But the multiple nuclear meltdowns that followed created an emergency that lasted for weeks and a legacy that will last for decades.<p>Here's how the event unfolded. The tsunami knocked out power to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. As a result, the cooling systems failed and three reactors melted down. Steam laced with radioactive material poured into the air. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 2417 at http://nhpr.org Crippled Japanese Reactors Face Decades Of Work For Kids In Japan, Adjusting To A Changed World http://nhpr.org/post/kids-japan-adjusting-changed-world Teacher Dave Rowlands is talking to his students in a kindergarten class at Imagine Japan, an English-language school in the Miyagi Prefecture of Sendai City. The school is just a short walk from pre-fabricated homes built for families who lost more than just property in the earthquake and tsunami last year.<p>"What came after the earthquake, was what?" Rowlands asks. "A tidal wave. In Japanese, what do we say? Or in English, actually, tsunami is now used around the world in many languages. Tsunami. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:41:00 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 2418 at http://nhpr.org For Kids In Japan, Adjusting To A Changed World A Year On, Japan Is Still Looking For The Road Ahead http://nhpr.org/post/year-japan-still-looking-road-ahead A year after suffering the worst nuclear accident in its history, Japan is still struggling to understand what happened at the Fukushima nuclear plant in the country's northeast.<p>Last week, an independent commission released a report arguing that Japan narrowly averted what could have been a far deadlier disaster and that the government withheld this information from the public.<p>Organized by a civic group called the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, the commission included journalists, lawyers and scholars. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 2423 at http://nhpr.org A Year On, Japan Is Still Looking For The Road Ahead Trauma, Not Radiation, Is Key Concern In Japan http://nhpr.org/post/trauma-not-radiation-key-concern-japan One year ago this Sunday, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan triggered a tsunami that killed 20,000 people. It also triggered multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station, one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.<p>But health effects from radiation turn out to be minor compared with the other issues the people of Fukushima prefecture now face.<p>That may come as a surprise. We all watched frightening TV images, and clouds of radioactive steam and gas did erupt from the plant. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Richard Harris 2424 at http://nhpr.org Trauma, Not Radiation, Is Key Concern In Japan With Radiation, Doubt Grows In Fukushima Farms http://nhpr.org/post/radiation-doubt-grows-fukushima-farms The mountain village of Kawauchi lies partly inside the area deemed unsafe because of high levels of radiation in Japan's Fukushima prefecture. Chiharu Kubota uses a high-pressure water gun to hose down buildings there.<p>Radiation is still leaking from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns immediately after last year's earthquake and tsunami.<p><strong>'Nothing Is Better'</strong><p>Kubota has washed about 138 homes and is starting to see people return to Kawauchi. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 2384 at http://nhpr.org With Radiation, Doubt Grows In Fukushima Farms Treasure Hunting for a Wild Japanese Delicacy http://nhpr.org/post/treasure-hunting-wild-japanese-delicacy <p><em>Because of a faraway tragedy, and a fluke of nature, the two men are learning a thing or two about the global economy &ndash; and about the fine line between passion and obsession.</em></p><p>If there were such a thing as a professional mushroom forager in New Hampshire, Keith Garrett would be it. So would Eric Milligan.</p><p>The two men have been hunting mushrooms in the Lakes Region for the last six years. More than 5,000 species of mushrooms have been identified in this region alone, but Milligan and Garrett are walking encyclopedias.</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Elaine Grant 27 at http://nhpr.org Treasure Hunting for a Wild Japanese Delicacy