The 2018 Japan Heatwave was the worst in the country's history. Science has proven that it was caused by human-induced global warming. The Japanese response is mixed but has notes of hope.
Dementia is proving more prevalent in the world around us. Japan has been dealing with this crisis for the past decade and has turned to its community and agriculture for answers.
Tokyoites and foreigners marched through busy Tokyo streets on September 20, 2019, as part of the Global Climate Strike.
Attribution science is connecting weather events directly to climate change. I spoke with the two researchers who found that the 2018 Japan Heatwave was only possible because of climate change.
Japan is both far ahead of the U.S. when it comes to climate actions—and far behind. Why? How? And, are there bigger truths about the global Climate Crisis to be found?
Matthew Komatsu reads his essay After the Tsunami for The Longreads Podcast.
After the 2011 disaster, which killed his grandmother and laid waste to his ancestral home, an American journeys to Japan to search for what the tsunami left in its wake.
Faced with a demographic crisis, Japan's Self Defense Forces are turning to women to fill their ranks.
When a 35 year-old man married a hologram, it provoked mixed reactions in Japan and abroad. But researchers believe it suggests broader technological trends and changing social phenomena.
A possible answer to Japan's demographic shifts in Nagi.
As Japan's population gets older and smaller, the government is struggling to change its views on immigration.
As Japan's population continues to shrink, the government is giving vacant homes away to young people, families, and even foreigners.
Dementia is not a new concept to Japan. However, reishi mushrooms are.
In summer 2018, Japan experienced the realities of a climate-changed earth. The worst heatwave in the country's history killed over a thousand people and shattered records across the nation.
As Japan experiences its steepest population decline since record-keeping began in 1967, Emiko Jozuka examines how a historically inward-looking country will reimagine its future.
From the personal to international, examining the long-term cultural impact of the 2011 Japan tsunami.
This project examines social and economic crises in a super-aging Japan.
Shiho Fukada documents the lives of disposable workers in Japan in stories that illustrate the global unemployment crisis and the growing gap between rich and poor that has provoked much turmoil.
Emiko Jozuka investigates the social, economic, and political consequences of Japan's rapidly-shrinking population.
Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan has been dealing with one it didn’t foresee: senior crime.
Photojournalist Shiho Fukada discusses Japan's disposable workers—those who are easily fired and have to live without a social safety net.
Grantees Nariman El-Mofty, Shiho Fukada, and Jeffrey E. Stern received OPC awards for their reporting projects, while Amy Martin, Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry, and Nariman El-Mofty received citations.
Shiho Fukada's piece on elderly women in Japanese prisons was featured in Longreads' "Best in Crime Reporting" list.
Honored multimedia projects range from an investigation into child labor in gold mining to an examination of reconciliation efforts between survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide.
Photojournalist Shiho Fukada receives honors for her multimedia reporting illustrating the Japanese economic crisis and its human toll.
Shiho Fukada's multimedia documentary illustrates the global unemployment crisis and growing gap between rich and poor.
Shiho Fukada's work revealing the lives of the unemployed praised for its poignantly human approach.
Senior Editor Tom Hundley shares this week's reporting—from the American Israeli attorney mapping for a two-state solution, to the deadly borders of Mexico.
“How could a country so ambitious of first-world status blithely allow millions of its own citizens to die needlessly?" Greg Gilderman reports on Russia's disavowal of public health best practices.
The Pulitzer Center staff share their favorite photos from 2012.
This Week in Review: Europe's Dark Dawn
Pulitzer Center Senior Editor Tom Hundley highlights this week's reporting from Japan to South Sudan.
What stories do we see, and which ones do we miss? These stories go beyond the headlines to explore under-reported stories on migration and refugees in the United States and around the world.
In this 30-45 minute lesson, students evaluate how a photojournalist composes portraits of elderly women in Japanese prisons using details from interviews.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented from The Pulitzer Center.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 "Guernica" with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.