Regions / Asia & Pacific
For the student of contemporary Japan, these are sad times...because of the growing sense that Japan lacks a truly responsible democratic government to address these issues, and because its people deserve better.
Across Africa, China has become known as the agent of mass construction, wisely bartering infrastructural development - chiefly mining-specific - for long-term access to strategic resources.
It seems to be deja vu with Tepco and Fukushima -- like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day."
Not only has Tepco failed to turn the corner on wrestling Fukushima into submission, no insurance company will reimburse it for the costs.
As with methyl-mercury a half century ago, Japan is once again threatened by a new persistent toxin accumulating in its food and water.
In the war between the United States and al-Qaeda, the big winner is: China.
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus lost his appeal to continue as chief of the pioneering microcredit institution he founded.
Both American and Japanese officials typically leave the government for cushy jobs in the nuclear-energy industry.
Facing famine, North Korea may be prepared to make concessions with its nuclear-weapons program.
Tepco's reluctance to vent any radiation led to an explosion at Fukushima.