Monthly Archives: May 2009

Proliferation, or nonproliferation

The larger issue behind North Korea’s nuclear testing is whether the world’s existing atomic powers insist on keeping their arsenals. Thanks to YES! Magazine, I got a chance to write about that from Hiroshima perspective. The article, brings together the…

Nuking a peace constitution?

One of the real threats looming behind North Korea’s nuclear test is its possible exploitation by those Japanese political leaders bent on a more aggressive military posture. You can’t blame anyone from worrying about a neighbor like North Korea. But…

North Korea’s test

The nuclear test by North Korea has caused dismay, anxiety and anger among survivors of the atomic attack on Hiroshima. One of the national daily papers, Mainichi Shimbun, sent a reporter to interview one of my favorite sources for my…

Listening in Japanese

At the Seattle Language Academy this year, my excellent Japanese teacher, Yuka Kobane, would speak full speed during conversation sessions. I’d catch a lot, and miss a lot. It turns out listening to an hour-long talk about the atomic bombing…

In neglected news…

Along with counterparts elsewhere, the Japanese media are going full bore into stories about the new flu. Even so, Hiroshima’s paper managed to give big coverage this week to atomic weapons, which (unlike even the most brutal flus) humankind won’t…