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In a new Asia Pacific Bulletin Fereidun Fesharaki and Tomoko Hosoe argue that after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan’s power generation industry is at a major turning point. The ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear facility highlights to the general public the potential dangers...
For a few weeks in spring, the prominent colors of Washington, D.C., change from red, white, and blue, to a pale pink, as over 3,000 Japanese cherry trees (sakura) bloom along the Tidal Basin near the National Mall. The trees were a gift from the City of Tokyo in 1912 and in the 99 years...
The high level of engagement and cooperation between the American and Japanese governments and their agencies in response to this crisis speaks to the strength of the US-Japan partnership. In the United States, a multi-agency governmental relief effort was launched soon after the...
According to the Japan Matters for America data, .America has more sister city relationships with Japan than any other country; nearly 400 sister and friendship city relationships exist between the United States and Japan. As Japan copes with the recent natural disasters, these local...
In addition to the information and donation resources we shared earlier, we encourage everyone to consider contributing to one of the following organizations dedicated to the relief effort in Japan:

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia and Japan: Allies in Partnership

by Malcolm Cook and Thomas Wilkins
In a new Asia Pacific Bulletin Malcolm Cook and Thomas Wilkins explain how the Japan-Australia strategic partnership is now becoming a well-developed and durable fixture in the evolving Asia-Pacific security order. Despite being the so-called northern and southern anchors of the US...

Tōhoku Region Matters for America

by Grace Ruch
The record-breaking March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan caused skyscrapers to sway in Tokyo and tremors across the main island of Honshu, but it was the Tōhoku region, Japan’s northeast, that bore the brunt of nature’s fury. The three Pacific-facing prefectures nearest the...
In contrast with the dwindling number of Japanese exchange students, as covered in part 1 of this series, more Americans studied in Japan in 2009 than ever before; 5,784 contributed to a steady upward trend. The number of US students in Japan has increased 57% over the course of the...
Nearly 5,800 Americans studied in Japan in the 2008/2009 academic year, the highest number ever, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report released by the Institute of International Education. The number is 1.3% greater than the previous year, continuing an upward trend. Even with this...

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