The people of Fukushima face sadness and tough decisions -- but some have found hope, writes Australian nuclear radiologist Dr Peter Karamoskos, who visited the region last month.
If it wasn’t for a metallic taste and strange, powdery sensation on her skin, Sato Sachiko could have almost believed nothing changed in "beautiful Fukushima" after March 11, writes Jane Barraclough, an Australian freelance journalist living in Okinawa.
On March 11, Japan will commemorate the first anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, writes Craig Mark, of Kwansei Gakuin University's School of International Studies.
I don't see how any government can justify the use of a technology that can inflict so much chaos if it goes wrong, writes Paul Johannessen, a writer and videographer, in the Japanese town of Kesennuma.
Last week two esteemed Japanese entrepreneurs weighed into the debate about the future of nuclear energy. Passionate discussion aside, one thing they agreed on was that another disaster would seal the industry's fate, reports Kazuaki Nagata.
It's been five months since the devastating Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami and most of the clean-up is complete. But is chucking dirt contaminated with nuclear waste just a few feet underground a viable long-term solution?
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has stated he may soon resign from office, keeping Japan in its pattern of an annual transition of premiership. It seems he has no choice. In the face of disaster the political sideshow rolls on, writes Dr Craig Mark from Tokyo.
Attempting to censor a public already starved of meaningful information on the threat posed to their long-term health seems counter-productive, writes Dan Bray, a freelance journalist and former Japan resident.