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Asia Institute releases white paper on the Fukushima crisis

“Open-Source Reasoning and Open Mindedness as a Strategy for Responding to the Fukushima Crisis”
White Paper of the Asia Institute
June 7, 2014

Introduction

This paper is an expansion of some of the central ideas that were articulated by Emanuel Pastreich and Layne Hartsell in an article published in Foreign Policy in Focus in September, 2013 concerning the response to the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The article, titled “The Century-Long Challenge to Respond to Fukushima,”called for an international collaborative response to the ecological, social and economic crisis left to the world after the disaster of March, 2011.

The article briefly outlined the potential role of wide scale collaboration across the globe between stakeholders and Institutions (public and private) across diverse disciplines to formulate and implement solutions to this on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster, radiation leakage from which has found its way into the food chain and even into products that sourced from Japan.

 

For more information on the initiative and a download of the white paper in PDF format:

 

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“Six Months After Korea’s West Coast Oil Spill” (article translated by Emanuel Pastreich)

I translated this article about the Taean oil spill on behalf of a friend who works at Eco-Horizon Institute (Saengtae Jipyeong) as part of my efforts on the critical issue of what to do in the aftermath of this ecological disaster.

The Taean spill blends together in my mind with Hurricane Katherina, the Deep Horizon oil spill and the Fukushima disaster. All are examples of ecological disasters, the biggest security challenge we face today. I must say that most of the security budget we spend is not much use for responding to these terrible threats, and that their frequency seems to be increasing.

Six Months After Korea’s West Coast Oil Spill – Need exists for new effort to stave off a social and ecological disaster

August 8, 2008
By Seung-hwa Lee
(translated by Emanuel Pastreich)

A horrific collision between a crane and an oil tanker off the coast of Korea’s Taean Peninsula last December resulted in over 10,000 tons of crude oil being dumped into ocean just off the coast of one of Asia’s most important marine preserves. The striking coastline where pristine waves crashed on rugged rocks was transformed into a sea of oozing black goop.

The animals and plants of the coast were not the only ones devastated. The residents of Taean have found themselves in a life and death struggle for economic and psychological survival. A dark shadow hangs over their lives and has driven some to despair.

Now that the summer season has returned, there is much talk in the Korean media about the reopening of the beaches and the miracle of the Taean recovery. After all, when over a million people from all over Korea came to help clean the coast of oil in the months after the spill many predicted a quick return to normal. But although the beaches may appear clean, traces of oil can still be found.

The roads once packed with tourists during the summer have little traffic. And the generations of families whose livelihood depended on fishing or tourism wonder what they should do. They watch the bills pile up, getting into unpleasant fights about possible compensation money.

http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?menu=c10400&no=383335&rel_no=1

Report on Non-traditional Security threats in East Asia (in Japanese)

This paper is was presented in November, 2009 at an international conference held at Dokkyo University. The points remain relevant.

 

グローバリゼーションと東アジア

東アジアの安全保障に関する考察

 

 

エマニュエル・パストリッチ

2008年 11月

Ⅰ 東アジアの当面する新たな課題

 

われわれは北朝鮮の非核化やテロとのたたかいの議論にばかり目を向け、東アジアでそれらと同じように深刻ないくつもの脅威に十分な注意を払ってこなかったのではないだろうか。現在、そうした脅威は日増しに高まっており、数年後には他の諸問題をも押しのける重要性をもつ可能性がある。東アジアにおける安全保障についてのパラダイムの再検討は、今やわれわれすべてにとって差し迫った課題である。ところが、この「東アジア」という概念やそれに関わる仮定自体が、従来の国民国家のパラダイムに立脚したものであるため、それらはことがらを説明するよりも、むしろ不鮮明にしている。われわれは、今日の個人、組織、社会、地域経済がどのように機能しているかについての新しいモデルを提示し、それによって経済と技術のリンケージのインパクト、消費社会への影響、さらに環境悪化や大気汚染の脅威といったものを説明する必要がある。

われわれは個人、企業、国家および非政府組織のあいだの基本関係の変化を深刻に受け止めねばならない。しかしそのことは、国民国家が消滅したということを意味するのではなく、むしろそれを構成する諸要素間の関係が根本的に変化を遂げたということなのである。また、それらの変化があまりにも深部で起こっているため、本質的なことがらが多くの人々の目に映らないという問題がある。たとえば、もしわれわれが様々な製品の製造、流通、消費地を正確にマッピングすれば、それはグローバル経済がどのように作動しているかについての正確な記述となるであろう。しかしそれは、ほとんどの人々にとってまったく疎遠なものに映ることもまた事実である。同じように、海洋や大気汚染のパターン、漁業の乱獲の帰結、気候変動の農業に対するインパクト、人口増加圧力といった問題も重要であるが、何となくぼんやりと受け止められている。

 

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パストリッチ論文 globalization

“International Collaboration in Korean Biotechnology”

“International Collaboration in Korean Biotechnology”

May, 2009

This official report was  submitted to the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology after six months of research and interviews by Emanuel Pastreich and Ian Simon, senior scholar of the Asia Institute. “International Collaboration in Korean Biotechnology” is a study of international collaboration in Korean biotechnology commissioned by the Korea Research Institute for Korean Bioscience and Biotechnology. The report includes a list of suggestions for future cooperation strategies.

http://www.bioin.or.kr/board.do?num=191808&cmd=view&bid=policy_rep&cate1=&s_key=&s_str=&page=1&sdate=&edate=