Sasakawa USA alumna Bina Venkataraman publishes book, The Optimist’s Telescope

Categories: Sasakawa USA Alumni, Sasakawa USA Blog

Congratulations to Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) Alumna, Bina Venkataraman (Director of Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard; Senior Lecturer at MIT in the program on science, technology, & society), on the publication of her new book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.

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Report from Sasakawa USA’s Journalism Fellowship: Fukushima and the 2020 Olympics

Date: June 7, 2018

Sasakawa USA hosted Seth Berkman, contributing sports reporter at The New York Times, for a luncheon titled “Report from Sasakawa USA’s Journalism Fellowship: Fukushima and the 2020 Olympics.” Berkman was the 2017 recipient of the Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellowship, offered in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). Nearing the two-year mark before the opening of the games, the luncheon kicked off Sasakawa USA’s discussion on the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, and served as an opportunity to learn about Berkman’s experience reporting in Japan.

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Sasakawa USA 2017 Journalism Fellow: The story behind ‘Would you Play Ball at Fukushima?’

Author: Seth Berkman

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

2017 Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellow Seth Berkman took a reporting trip to Japan in late 2017. Here, he shares the back story to his fellowship and the reporting process behind his second article “Would you Play Ball in Fukushima?”  published in the New York Times on December 29.

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A Homecoming of the Heart: Shakuhachi Player Bruce Huebner

Author: Kawakatsu Miki

Categories: In-Depth with, Sasakawa USA Blog

California native Bruce Huebner fell in love with the shakuhachi flute as a young man, and in the subsequent decades he has become an accomplished composer, performer, and teacher of the traditional Japanese woodwind instrument. A long-time resident of Japan, he spent many years in Fukushima, where he developed a deep affinity for the prefecture’s people and natural surroundings. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he has used his music to connect with people affected by the disaster.

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In Japan, ‘soul searching’ years after disaster

Author: Umair Irfan

Categories: Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA Blog

Japan meets about 84 percent of its energy needs with imports, writes Umair Irfan, recipient of the 2016 Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellowship. While nuclear power gave the country an energy source that played to its strengths in high-technology manufacturing and a robust domestic supply chain, after the triple disaster of 2011, much of the Japanese public remains uncomfortable with returning to nuclear.

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