Category Archives: Today in Japan

Fukushima Logo: “Fukushima: Our Hometown”

Thinking that it is essential that we imagine what it must be like to live in Fukushima and to make such environmental issues immediate to our daily lives, I made up a logo for “Fukushima: Our Hometown” that I hope can be made into a t-shirt, mug cup and button.

Let me know what you think.



fukushima our hometown

「東アジアの軍事的資源を環境保護のために」『日本の科学者』 2013年4月号

「東アジアの軍事的資源を環境保護のために」『日本の科学者』 2013年4月号


Pastreich (1) 環境保護

Upcoming Asia Institute Seminar: “Approaches to the Resolution of Conflict The Role of the Global Civil Society in Constructing a Peaceful Community” November 2, 2012


GCS and Asia Institute

International Peace Seminar to Commemorate

The 31st Anniversary of the UN International Day of Peace


Friday, November 2

10 AM – 12 PM



“Approaches to the Resolution of Conflict

The Role of the Global Civil Society in Constructing a Peaceful Community”


The world faces a remarkable number of conflicts today that call for a global effort to bring about long-term resolution.  GCS (Global Common Society) and the Asia Institute have undertaken a concerted effort to identify effective strategies for engaging a variety of stakeholders through work with NGOs and educational institutions to lay the foundations for long-term engagement.  In commemoration of the 31st Anniversary of the UN International Day of Peace, GCS and the Asia Institute will hold a seminar to discuss how the global civil society create the precedents for a global culture that promotes peace.

Introductory remarks: Mr. Charles Cho, Executive Director of GCS

Moderator: Mr. Charles Cho, Executive Director of GCS


Emanuel Pastreich

Director of the Asia Institute

“The Problem with Islands: Strategies for addressing the Sengak-Diaoyu Islands Issue through Education and NGO cooperation”


Baeksoon Lee


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

“Korea’s role in promoting peace”


Lakhvinder Singh, Ph.D.

President of the Indo-Korea Policy Forum

“India’s innovations in encouraging peace and conflict resolution”

Date: Friday, November 2


Time: 10 AM – 12 PM




The Asia Institute and GCS International Headquarters

GCS International Building

115-3 Gwonnong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

02 741 2274

“From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution” in Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign Policy in Focus

“From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution”

By John Feffer and Emanuel Pastreich

October 4, 2012

The low rolling hills of the Dalateqi region of Inner Mongolia spread out gently behind a delightful painted farmhouse. Goats and cows graze peacefully on the surrounding fields. But walk due west just 100 meters from the farmhouse and you’ll confront a far less pastoral reality: endless waves of sand, absent any sign of life, that stretch as far as the eye can see.

This is the Kubuchi desert, a monster born of climate change that is slouching inexorably east toward Beijing, 800 kilometers away. Unchecked, it will engulf China’s capital in the not-so-distant future. This beast might not be visible yet in Washington, but strong winds carry its sand to Beijing and Seoul, and some makes it all the way to the east coast of the United States. Read more of this post

Emanuel’s talk on Networked science at the Asia Research Network’s summer seminar at Ashi no Ko in Japan

I presented a paper on Michael Nielsen’s new book: “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science” at the second annual summer seminar for young Asian researchers of the Asia Research Network. I have worked with the Asia Research Network informally for the last two years, but this was my first chance to see first-hand their work.

The Asia Research Network grew out of the collaboration between Professor Hara Masahiko at Riken (and Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Professor Haewon Lee of Hanyang University on nano materials. The joint research laboratory of Riken and Hanyang University in Seoul is the most significant example of sustained collaboration between Japan and Korea. Significantly, the Asia Research Network is growing rapidly and promises to be a platform for a new level of collaboration in Asia. Read more of this post


日韓科学技術勉強会  2012年8月27日(月)


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How Korean Science and Technology Succeeds in Global Competition

My friend Iwabuchi Hideki, currently working for the Ministry of Education,Culture,Sports,Science & Technology, published a very interesting book this month in which he and his colleagues offer an interpretation of Korea’s success in science and technology aimed at a Japanese audience, suggesting, in a sense, that Japan think of a “Korea as Number One.” Read more of this post

日韓の未来を考えて 私には夢があります (パストリッチの一言)

この間日韓緊張の最中で自分の日本と韓国の関係に関する夢を述べました。「私には夢があります」という表現は 黒人人権運動の盛りにマーティン・ルーサー・キング牧師がした「私には夢がある」演説からとりました。




韓 昇 洲氏(前韓国外交長官)







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The New Normal

The Japan Times for January 1, 2011 offered this article on a cesium scanning store with the title “The New Normal?”

The implications are striking, if perhaps a bit overblown. Imagine what it would be to have long-term scanning for cesium, and possibly other isotopes, in Japan as part of the quotidian landscape? Read more of this post

STS Forum in Kyoto

Emanuel attended the STS Forum in Kyoto (October 2-4, 2011), meeting with individuals from industry, research and NGOs concerned with the impact of technology on society. There was a strong focus on the challenges of nuclear power in the conference and energy in general.  Read more of this post