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Learning from the Fukushima decontamination
After the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in March 2011, the Japanese authorities decided to clean up the region impacted by the radioactive plume. Olivier Evrard, a researcher in...
Has confinement turned us into hikikomori?
After two months of lockdown, have we become like the hikikomori – the Japanese youngsters who choose to live in isolation, shunning the outside world? Natacha Vellut, a psychosociologist at the...
Deep into Japanese Suburbs
Cécile Asanuma-Brice, a sociologist and urbanist living in Japan, discusses how successive economic models have been transforming the country’s urban landscapes for more than a century.
The New Silk Roads: China’s World Ambitions
China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative aims to connect the country with the Middle East, Africa and Europe, by land and sea, through a network of new “silk roads.” Economist Jean-François Huchet...
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Nero’s Rotating Dining Room
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The Middle Ages brought Epicurus out of the underworld
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Slime moulds head for space