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Challenges Facing Japan's Marine Fisheries

by Molly SullivanFor thousands of years, the sea has served Japan as a cultural and economic resource. The Japanese have made heavy use of the ocean surrounding their island nation, harvesting a host of marine organisms from sea cucumbers to whales...

June 26, 2013 — Jim Haw

Okinawa and the U.S. military, post 1945

By Lane JohnstonOkinawa has had a tumultuous history and a scattered identity throughout the twentieth century. As a Japanese territory before World War II, Okinawans did not ever fully adopted Japanese culture as their own...

June 19, 2013 — Jim Haw

The Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute in the East China Sea

by Amelia MouraThe Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have a long, complex, history of sovereignty disputes. This string of three uninhabitable islands and five rocks which, in total, amount to only 2.7 square miles in the East China Sea, has a past defined by conflicting claims by Japan, China, and even Taiwan...

June 7, 2013 — Jim Haw

Northern Elephant Seals: Increasing Population, Decreasing Biodiversity

By Dana Handy In nature, a population recovery is not always what it seems, as the story of the Northern Elephant seal attests. This species, so named because the large male seal’s nose resembles that of an elephant trunk, is a unique marine mammal that spends more than 85% of its life in the North Pacific Ocean (from Baja, Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska) save for a limited amount of time on land for breeding and molting purposes...

May 24, 2013 — Jim Haw
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World