Imagine you are the chief executive of a California-Shandong start-up, and your team has arranged a Skype conference call with your Chinese partners in Shanghai. The location hardly matters any more. The language barrier is dissolving before everyone's ears, thanks to a new app integrated with Skype.

Today is the six-year anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, which killed nearly 70,000 people, injured over 370,000 others and left about 4.8 million people homeless.

Dear Prime Minister Abe, the Fukushima crisis is getting worse. Yet you have an option at your disposal to resolve it. But first you must begin by challenging a chain of untested and dangerous assumptions that have lulled you and your administration into apparent complacency.