A Story With a Happy Ending

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Akira Yoshino

By Roger Schreffler
Special to PanOrient News

Providence, RI- (USA) Nine years ago, I met a Japanese research executive who, I learned during our meeting, invented how to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. His name: Akira Yoshino.

On Oct. 9, Yoshino and two other battery industry titans were awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

By his own admission, Yoshino never envisioned a world in which we depended on notebook computers and cell phones. Electric cars were completely out of the q...

Japan to the World: We've Got Our Own Murderous Nutters, Too

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Satoshi Uematsu

By Fred Varcoe

Tokyo- (Pan-Orient News) Did Tokyo’s militaristic police force expect a young man to break into a care facility and murder 19 people? How could they, you ask? It was another act of random violence.

Except it wasn’t.

Satoshi Uematsu, the man who has admitted to the attack in Sagamihara west of Tokyo telegraphed his intentions in a letter to the speaker of the Japanese Diet’s Lower House in February.

“I can wipe out a total of 470 individuals,” Uematsu wrote i...

Re-Visiting Otsuchi

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

by Charles A. Pomeroy

The manuscript for my memoir, Tsunami Reflections: Otsuchi Remembered, was completed in July of 2014 and published in the following September. I was inspired to write the book on my first visit to Otsuchi, seven weeks after the tsunami, while viewing the bare foundations of our former home. Struck by the absolute stillness of a dead town, interrupted occasionally by the distant sound of backhoes moving debris, that eerie silence triggered an overwhelming desire to share ...