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Gender Identity in Japan | 05/03/16
Sonja Pei-Fen Dale, Devin T. Stewart
Sonja Pei-fen Dale teaches at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University, where she specializes in LGBT gender issues and identities in Japan. In this fascinating conversation about gender and minorities in Japan today, she discusses the term "X-gender," how LGBT individuals are perceived, the social ideal of the traditional family, and much more.
Political and Cultural Challenges to Gender Parity in Japan | 04/28/16
Mari Miura, Devin T. Stewart
In the Global Gender Gap Report, Japan usually ranks around 100 out of 140 countries, says Mari Miura, a specialist on gender in Japan. The main reasons are economic--a huge gender pay gap; political--underrepresentation of women in politics; and cultural--traditional gender and family roles. But younger generations are trying to change these paradigms.
Carnegie Council Announces the Appointment of Six Pacific Fellows | 04/26/16
Carnegie Council is pleased to announce the appointment of six Pacific Fellows based in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The fellowship is part of Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues program, which seeks to advance ethical inquiry around contentions within Asia and the United States.
Feminism: The New "F-word" in Japan? | 04/26/16
Natsumi Ikoma, Devin T. Stewart
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks with Natsumi Ikoma, the Center for Gender Studies director, International Christian University, Japan, about the state of feminism in Japanese art, literature, and society. Ikoma, a Carnegie Council Pacific Fellow, describes how women are portrayed in Japanese theater and how female writers are changing public debate.
In Search of a Global Ethic | 04/21/16
Devin T. Stewart
Research in 25 cities in eight countries on five continents shows that norms across cultures may not be so different after all.
Carnegie Council Announces Grant from Henry Luce Foundation for Asia Dialogues Program | 03/22/16
Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues Program and its project "Building Pacific Communities" aims to advance ethical inquiry within Asia and the United States. The goal is to foster moral leadership, mutual learning, and lasting relationships across the Pacific.
Gender and Sexuality in Japan | 03/11/16
James Farrer, Devin T. Stewart
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks with sociologist James Farrer (Sophia University, Tokyo) about the changing norms around gender, sexual rights, dating, and marriage in Japan. They also discuss Farrer's advice for researchers interested in Japanese society. Farrer is co-author of "Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of A Global City."
Tokyo's Ambition Generation | 02/11/16
Devin T. Stewart
Despite a host of cultural and structural difficulties, Japanese business culture is slowly becoming more welcoming to start-ups, writes Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Devin Stewart in "Foreign Affairs."
Values and the Ethics of International Order | 01/28/16
At a time when U.S. primacy is in doubt, when many are concerned that China might become a global political power, when the threat of radical Islam goes hand in hand with anti-Western attitudes, the question of the right repertoire of values, along with the legitimacy and ethics of the international order, could not be more important.
Competing Moral Claims over the Nuclear Power-Weapons Crossover | 01/22/16
"Although the military–industry complex remains resilient, the only ultimate solution to nuclear danger and the best disaster prevention is a nuclear-free world in both military and civil terms."
The Death of a Pacifist?: On Akiyuki Nosaka's Death | 01/12/16
The Japanese writer Akiyuki Nosaka died last month. He is best known, internationally, for his semi-autobiographical novel "A Grave of Fireflies," made famous by Studio Ghibli's animated film adaptation. What is his legacy?
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers | 11/18/15
Master storyteller, researcher, and traveler Simon Winchester takes us on a fascinating voyage through the Pacific, tying it all together with two ethical questions: Should the Americans and the Chinese have a level playing field? And should we respect the ways of the Pacific ancients?
The Confucian Vision for a Good Society | 11/09/15
James Hsiung gives a clear and compelling explanation of Confucius' views on harmonious human relations and how societies should be run, discussing how his thought differs from Western philosophy. He also explains why and how Confucianism has finally been rehabilitated, after almost a century of ignominy.
American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody's Century? | 11/02/15
Joshua Eisenman, Zachary Karabell, Jiyoung Song
Is the American century coming to a close, and if so, what's taking its place? Was there ever an American century to begin with? These questions have been around for at least a decade, but are still under debate. In this lively discussion, three experts with different perspectives give their opinions and forecasts for the future.
The TEIKEI Movement and Agricultural Ethics to Come: A Focus on the Paradigm Shift Advocated by People's Food Sovereignty | 10/29/15
Agricultural problems due to climate change, abnormal weather, water depletion, and the collapse of soil have become big problems in all parts of the world. Many are now focusing on ethics and family farming as a way to combat these issues. This paper takes a look at TEKKEI, the Japanese version of the alternative food movement.
Re-considering the Sense of Responsibility in the Age of Climate Change | 10/28/15
Mitsuyo Toyoda focuses on the phenomena of flooding in Japan as an approach to consider ethical issues concerning climate change. Based on recent cases, she identifies various issues of responsibility involved in them and discusses how ethical issues are broadened after climate change began to be considered as anthropogenic.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects and Challenges | 10/14/15
Ankit Panda, Devin T. Stewart
After nearly five years of difficult talks, 12 Pacific Rim states have finalized the text of the TPP, a free-trade agreement that has the potential to change the face of global commerce. Ankit Panda of "The Diplomat" spoke to Carnegie Council's Devin Stewart, who worked on the preliminary blueprint for the TPP earlier in his career.
Seventy Years after Hiroshima: Nuclear Weapons, 2015 | 08/05/15
Seventy years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons remain one of the greatest dangers we face. What is the situation today, given that the world has an estimated 15,700 nuclear weapons? Carnegie Council presents a selection of resources on this crucial topic.
The Ethics of Nuclear Power: Reflections on Carnegie Council Site Visit to Fukushima, Japan | 07/24/15
Devin T. Stewart
As part of Carnegie Council's Global Ethical Dialogues site visits to eight countries around the world, in June 2015 the Council led a team of researchers, fellows, faculty, and students to conduct interviews in Japan on the ethical implications of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
Namie Township, Fukushima, Japan, Case Study | 07/24/15
This case study of ethical decisions, developed by Learning Initiative Inc., is based on archival data at Namie Township, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.