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About Christoph Neidhart

Christoph Neidhart is a Swiss writer and journalist based in Tokyo where he is German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung bureau chief.

Articles by Christoph Neidhart

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fukushima and Chernobyl: are there silver linings in chain reactions?

The author reported on the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and from on Fukushima in 2011. The silver lining of Chernobyl was that it really did ignite the process of glasnost. Unfortunately, though much needed, that is unlikely to happen in Japan because of the grip of the "nuclear village" on Japanese politics. The pressure group has seen off challenges from clean energy alternatives and has deep tentacles in the postwar Japanese state

Lame-goose Japan

Despite a lame-duck US, Japan is no longer strongest goose at G20

China v Russia: communist mask v democratic hat

The west judges "communist" China more harshly than "democratic" Russia, but Christoph Neidhart sees this outlook as biased.

The Malthusian energy-trap: old Europe, new China

The modern crisis of sustainability has echoes of one two hundred years ago - but this time China may prove pioneer not laggard, says Christoph Neidhart.

Tokyo’s change, Moscow’s echoes

Yasuo Fukuda's election will not avert the implosion of Japan's ruling party, says Christoph Neidhart.

Vladimir Putin, "Soviet man" who missed class

The Russian president’s coarse tongue and bad jokes mark him as a figure out of time, says Christoph Neidhart.
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