A 17th-century folding screen depicting the early Edo period on the site of modern-day Tokyo.
Edo, which gave rise to Tokyo, was also the world's largest city three centuries ago. Facing ecological collapse, Edo developed a culture and practices that supported sustainable living.
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Barack Obama and Shinzō Abe at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Speaking at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Barack Obama sounded a hopeful note – but both the US and Japan still fall short.
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As the tension in the East China Sea continues to mount, Japan's militaristic conservatives are putting their country on an aggressive footing.
Obama arrives in Japan.
Some are calling on the president to issue an apology when he visits Hiroshima. But an East Asia expert says his visit will focus on remembrance, and explains why that is enough.
The G7's limited membership of like-minded countries gives it significant power to bring about meaningful economic growth.
President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Two prominent MIT physicists ask whether for nuclear weapons, less is more
Obama’s message while in Vietnam and Japan may be twofold.
Beneath the usual pomp and circumstance of Obama's weeklong visit to Asia lies a clear message for aggressors in the region. An East Asia expert from UC Berkeley reads between the lines.
Heading in the opposite direction?
Sino-Japanese rivalry might well come to dominate this year's G7 and G20.
French authorities investigating.
There are days when you just want to think about buttercups and Jamie Vardy.
The Japanese bid to build Australia’s new fleet of submarines was unsuccessful.
The decision on who would build Australia’s next generation of submarines carried just as much anticipation in Japan as it did in Australia.
DCNS’ ‘Shortfin Barracuda’ was the winning design for Australia’s next submarine fleet.
The Conversation’s experts respond to key aspects of the announcement that French company DCNS will be build Australia's next fleet of submarines.
Villages across Nepal remain strewn with rubble, the quake victims still living in tents and flimsy sheds.
Over 8,500 were killed in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, so how is the country coping?
Japan is believed to be winning the race to build Australia’s new submarine fleet.
The principal consequence of Australia's inevitable but little-debated decision to acquire submarines is to contribute to a rapidly escalating regional arms race.
The size and pace of activity in Tokyo can be overwhelming, but at the human scale the city has an incredibly rich layering of experiences built over generations.
The concept of living heritage can help us make decisions that go beyond preserving historical facades to protect and add to, rather than freeze, the stories and layers of the past.
Japan: not getting any younger.
Worries about overpopulation aren't being felt everywhere.
Elementary school students about 13 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant walk past a geiger counter in 2012.
Remediation will never get radiation to zero in the area affected by the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Rather than safety, the conversation should focus on acceptable risk.
Thousands of bags of radioactive rubble near Fukushima, 2016.
The nuclear operator was nowhere near adequately covered for the disaster. And it's not just a Japanese problem.
Laying the groundwork. Workers prepare for this week’s meeting.
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The world economy needs China, but Beijing has needs of its own. No wonder the leadership is putting so much effort into a year of negotiation.