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Newsletter No. 38 2011  
September 19, 2011  
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Son Masayoshi with an introduction by Andrew DeWit, Creating a Solar Belt in East Japan: The Energy Future



This article by Softbank CEO Son Masayoshi outlines the thinking of one of Japan's most innovative capitalists and public-spirited citizens. Having helped create a competitive market in telecommunications, Son is now aimed at liberating and greening Japan's YEN 16 trillion electricity industry. In addition to the efforts he outlines in the article, Son inaugurated his Japan Renewable Energy Foundation on September 12. This Foundation is to be led by Tomas Kaberger, the former Director General of the Swedish Energy Agency. It includes a stellar cast of international experts on renewable energy, associated support policies (especially the feed in tariff), and other aspects of the ongoing energy revolution. Through these initiatives and the plan for a "solar belt," described in this article, Son has been instrumental in defining a new direction for Japan in the wake of Fukushima.

Translated from "Higashi-nihon ni sora-a beruto chitai wo: Taiyo no minato, kaze no minato de nihon ha yomigaeru," Sekai, June 2011, pp. 44-51, by Son Masayoshi. Japan Echo Web No. 7 August-September 2011

Son Masayoshi is Chairman & CEO, SOFTBANK Corp. Representative Director & President, Yahoo Japan Corporation. Born 1957 in Saga Prefecture. Graduated from the Economics Department of the University of California, Berkeley. Founded SOFTBANK Corp. Japan in 1981. Established the Broadband Association in 2003 and assumed the role of Representative Chairman.

Recommended citation: Son Masayoshi and Andrew DeWit, 'Creating a Solar Belt in East Japan: The Energy Future,' The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 38 No 2, September 19, 2011.

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Roger Pulvers, Two Generations of Japanese and JapaneseAmerican Artists: Activism, Racism and the American Experience

This article profiles the extraordinary story of two generations of Japanese and Japanese American artists-graphic artists, and a TV actor and theatre producer-in Japan and the United States across the divide of World War II. It offers observations on activism and opportunity through profiles both of success and the limits of Japanese integration on the American screen in Hollywood and TV. Yashima Taro and Mako Iwamatsu.

Roger Pulvers is an American-born Australian author, playwright, theatre director and translator living in Japan. An Asia-Pacific Journal associate, he has published 40 books in Japanese and English and, in 2008, was the recipient of the Miyazawa Kenji Prize. In 2009 he was awarded Best Script Prize at the Teheran International Film Festival for "Ashita e no Yuigon." He is the translator of Kenji Miyazawa, Strong in the Rain: Selected Poems. The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn is his most recent book. He will talk, sponsored by The Japan Society, London, on October 24, and in Dublin on October 26, sponsored by the Ireland Japan Association, on "The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn: How did this Greek-Irishman conquer Japan?"

Recommended citation: Roger Pulvers, 'Two Generations of Japanese and JapaneseAmerican Artists: Activism, Racism and the American Experience,' The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 38 No 3, September 19, 2011.

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Samuel Y. Liang, The Expo Garden and Heterotopia: Staging Shanghai between Postcolonial and (Inter)national Global Power

During the six months of World Expo 2010, Shanghai looked exceptionally clean, even spectacular, thanks to the city's face-lifting projects and a moratorium on construction and factory emissions for the Expo period. After two decades of relentless rebuilding, Shanghai's cityscape is dominated by clusters of sleek but soulless high-rises, while the city's major streets accommodate a mix of native and expatriate residents. In contrast to this uninspiring International-style architecture and the city's heterogeneous street crowds, the Expo site displayed an array of stunning architectural spectacles for the relatively homogenous crowds of predominantly domestic visitors. The author examines the Shanghai Expo in light of the history of the city as a colonial city, a revolutionary city, and its attempts to project itself as a cutting edge city in the contemporary era.

Samuel Y. Liang is the author of Mapping Modernity in Shanghai: Space, Gender, and Visual Culture in the Sojourners' City 1853-98 and is assistant professor of the humanities, Utah Valley University.

Recommended citation: Samuel Y. Liang, 'The Expo Garden and Heterotopia: Staging Shanghai between Postcolonial and (Inter)national Global Power,' The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 38 No 1, September 19, 2011.

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