Japan

March 9, 2012, 5am PST
A series of stunning photo comparisons in <em>The Washington Post</em> and <em>The New York Times</em> document the magnitude of destruction unleashed by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and the steps achieved to date towards recovery.
The Washington Post
March 6, 2012, 11am PST
Having just returned from a United Nations-led tour of disaster-ravaged areas of Japan, Warren Karlenzig reports on efforts across the region to rebuild along smart growth and green economic development models.
Common Current
February 11, 2012, 7am PST
Over the past 100 years, women-only train cars have come and gone in Japan. Daniel Krieger reports on why these subway cars have endured amongst women’s concerns for safety.
The Atlantic Cities
February 7, 2012, 5am PST
The new exhibit at Toyko's Mori Art Museum will be the first architecture showcase since the 2011 earthquake, and displays a movement central to the country's history of building and rebuilding.
The New York Times
January 11, 2012, 6am PST
Since the Japanese government spent $300 billion rebuilding Okushiri after a 1993 tsunami, things have taken a grim, ironic turn: with high-paying construction jobs leaving, so are young people who no longer wish to be part of a fishing economy.
The New York Times
August 23, 2011, 10am PDT
Japanese officials recently approved plans to build a 320-mile magnetic levitation train system. The $114 billion project is expected to begin construction in 2014.
Ecomagination
June 28, 2011, 12pm PDT
In preparing a bid to host the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo is planning to include areas that were ravaged by the recent tsunami and earthquake.
Daily Mail
June 24, 2011, 5am PDT
Tsunami, earthquakes, and nuclear radiation in the past, Japan proceeds to build a magnetic train that defies Newton's laws of physics.
GOOD Magazine
June 19, 2011, 11am PDT
Japan is typically associated with strong disaster preparedness plans, but the devastation following the March tsunami highlights some of the nation's shortcomings in adapting and reacting, according to this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>.
Citiwire
June 11, 2011, 5am PDT
A small community in tsunami-ravaged Japan considers a plan to move the entire village farther above sea level.
MSNBC
June 6, 2011, 9am PDT
Panasonic and a group of companies are planning on building a new demonstration "smart town" in Kanagawa Prefecture on a site the tsunami destroyed.
Popular Science
May 31, 2011, 10am PDT
After decades in development, Japan is ready to begin construction on their first commercial maglev train, which will eventually run between Tokyo and Osaka at speeds of up to 313 miles per hour.
Environment Service News
May 23, 2011, 10am PDT
A look at the pedestrian scramble in the Shibuya District of Tokyo, Japan.
LA Times
April 23, 2011, 5am PDT
This video from <em>VBS</em> follows photographer Donald Weber into the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, where he documents the aftermath of the evacuation.
VBS
April 22, 2011, 6am PDT
Bicycle use is on the rise in Japan, where recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has made driving and transit use much more difficult.
The New York Times
April 17, 2011, 11am PDT
Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti writes that Japan's urbanism should serve as a model to the rest of the world for its density and the "urbane society" it creates.
Urban Omnibus
April 12, 2011, 12pm PDT
This piece from<em>Der Spiegel</em> takes you inside the abandoned cities of Japan that were forced to clear out amid threats of nuclear meltdown.
Der Spiegel
April 2, 2011, 9am PDT
Facing energy shortages, the city of Tokyo, Japan, has been forced to cut down its energy usage, which is changing the bustling and brightly lit city's character.
National Public Radio
March 16, 2011, 5am PDT
In the coming days and years, Japan needs to address a host of issues related to earthquake recover and design, including damaged infrastructure, population and housing, energy, the economy and global impact.
Architizer
February 10, 2011, 7am PST
In Japan, owners of vacant space can rent them out by the hour, day or week to people who need them for temporary purposes thanks to a new website.
Japan Today