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Asia This Week

A weekly update on the political, economic and social developments in Japan and the rest of Asia. Your window on a diverse and ever-changing region, home to four billion people.

Hosted by Minori Takao


Fri.14:30 - 15:00
20:30- 21:00
Sat.2:10 - 2:40
8:10 - 8:40

Oct. 17, Fri.

Iran Moves toward Assuming New Role

After 35 years of estrangement from the West, Iran is in a position to start restoring the relationship. The opportunity comes as a result of American-led efforts against the militant group known as Islamic State. At the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani indicated his country is willing to use its influence to deal with the organization and try to bring peace to the region. The offer may also convince Western countries to place more trust in Iran and reduce economic sanctions they have imposed over suspicions that nuclear technology has been diverted to military ends.

Disaster Prevention for Japan and Beyond

Time and again, torrential rains have taught Japan that disaster preparation requires both hardware infrastructure and software evacuation training. A typhoon that devastated Saijo a decade ago inspired residents of that city to create their own disaster prevention system. Elementary school children learn where the dangerous areas are by visiting the sites and hearing stories directly from people who survived the disaster. Another aspect of the program involves taking steps to diminish landslides. Citizens collaborate with the local government to build and maintain sand control dams. A team from Kyoto University has been introducing the community-based approach to Vietnam and other countries.