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Nuclear energy to save the world?

by Justin McCurry

A renowned documentary filmmaker undergoes an epiphany; his new film avers that advances in nuclear energy are an answer to climate change

Anxiety over the dangers of nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown is overshadowing the far more urgent problem of climate change, according to the filmmaker Robert Stone.

In a recent appearance at the FCCJ to promote his new documentary, Pandora’s Promise, the U.S.-based director suggested that opinion among environmentalists was shifting towards an acceptance – at least in private – that without nuclear in the energy mix, combating global warming will be impossible.   Read the rest of the Number 1 Shimbun article



Hiroshi Mikitani, the acquisitive CEO of e-retailer Rakuten and one of Japan's richest men, spoke at the Club on September 20 in his capacity as the leader of JANE, the organization he founded reportedly as a challenge to Keidanren, or the Japan Business Association, the country's most influential large corporates association.

He expressed his satisfaction with the moves of Prime Minister Abe to stimulate the economy, told of his belief that Japan still has what it takes to compete in the world, and his suggestions to the government to overhaul the English-teaching curriculum in Japanese schools.


by Daniel Leussink

JUST LIKE THE U.S., JAPAN IS SADDLED with an "untold history" that needs to be put in the spotlight. The "crooked" and "sanitized" histories of Japan and the U.S. go hand in hand, and are part of a process of obfuscating what really happened.

That was the message of Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, who were at the FCCJ on August 12, promoting their controversial television documentary series, “The Untold History of the United States.”

At an FCCJ PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday, September 4 , 2013, 87-year-old Tony Bennett spoke to a packed house, where he claimed to be a fan of the woodblock artist Hokusai, who once said he was just learning to paint at 102 years old.

He answered questions from press and public alike, wowed the crowd with a short rendering of his huge hit, "I left my heart in San Francisco," and praised artists like Billie Holiday ("The best singer who ever lived"), and Lady Gaga, with whom he has recorded a number of songs.

For a more detailed report on the press conference go to the NUMBER 1 SHIMBUN.

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