Japan

Japan is an economic super power and is the only Asian country that is a member of the G8 along with the United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, and Italy.

Why Kyoto Is So Beautiful

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: Kyoto is a Japanese treasure, and a monument to the development of human culture. In shrines and gardens hundreds of years old, an American tourist can experience the common human striving for understanding, for beauty, and for peace.

One Week in Polite and Egalitarian Japan

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: If the US enters a long period of stagnation, our stark social inequalities may become less tolerable, as both the rise of the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations already show. More egalitarian Japanese society may be better placed to deal with lack of growth.

Sleepwalking into the Imperial Dark

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*+-Tom Engelhardt: Facing the challenges of a world at the edge — from Japan to the Greater Middle East, from a shaky global economic system to weather that has become anything but entertainment — the United States looks increasingly incapable of coping.

Nuclear Power Madness

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*+-Norman Solomon: Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.