Peter Wynn Kirby

Peter Wynn Kirby

Peter Wynn Kirby is an anthropologist, Japan expert, and environmental specialist at the University of Oxford. He writes regular opinion pieces on policy and cultural issues for a range of top newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Troubled Natures: Waste, Environment, Japan.

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Opinion | Tokyo 2020: how Japan could have avoided a karaoke Olympics

Instead of karaoke’s ‘empty orchestra’, the Tokyo Olympics have empty arenas. This might have been avoided had the Japanese government addressed the Covid-19 threat seriously.

Instead of karaoke’s ‘empty orchestra’, the Tokyo Olympics have empty arenas. This might have been avoided had the Japanese government addressed the Covid-19 threat seriously.

Tokyo 2020: how Japan could have avoided a karaoke Olympics
2 Aug 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Fukushima waste water plan won’t win public confidence, no matter how hard Japan tries

The nuclear industry’s history of secrecy and cover-ups is only one reason. Tepco’s incompetent and at times dishonest handling of the 2011 disaster and its aftermath has shattered what’s left of people’s trust.

The nuclear industry’s history of secrecy and cover-ups is only one reason. Tepco’s incompetent and at times dishonest handling of the 2011 disaster and its aftermath has shattered what’s left of people’s trust.

Fukushima waste water plan won’t win public confidence, no matter how hard Japan tries
22 Apr 2021 - 8:02AM
Opinion | Covid-19, Fukushima legacy and other obstacles stand in the way of Japan’s ‘Recovery Olympics’

Japan has worked very hard to show that the post-tsunami disaster zone is safe for the Games. Yet the problems that led to the Fukushima crisis – lack of transparency, obstinate and out-of-touch leadership – are still evident.

Japan has worked very hard to show that the post-tsunami disaster zone is safe for the Games. Yet the problems that led to the Fukushima crisis – lack of transparency, obstinate and out-of-touch leadership – are still evident.

Covid-19, Fukushima legacy and other obstacles stand in the way of Japan’s ‘Recovery Olympics’
11 Mar 2021 - 12:30PM
Opinion | In its coronavirus response, Japan must not repeat the mistakes of its handling of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Japan must not continue with its policy of conducting only limited tests for Covid-19. The government was criticised for its opacity and mishandling of data after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown. It must not repeat these mistakes.

Japan must not continue with its policy of conducting only limited tests for Covid-19. The government was criticised for its opacity and mishandling of data after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown. It must not repeat these mistakes.

In its coronavirus response, Japan must not repeat the mistakes of its handling of the Fukushima nuclear disaster
17 Apr 2020 - 4:13AM
Opinion | Tokyo insists otherwise, but it’s hard to see how the Olympics can go on unaffected by coronavirus

Japan rolled out a tangled Olympic welcome mat with its clumsy handling of the Diamond Princess outbreak. An Olympics fortnight, if it goes ahead as planned, would certainly qualify as any infectious disease expert’s nightmare scenario.

Japan rolled out a tangled Olympic welcome mat with its clumsy handling of the Diamond Princess outbreak. An Olympics fortnight, if it goes ahead as planned, would certainly qualify as any infectious disease expert’s nightmare scenario.

Tokyo insists otherwise, but it’s hard to see how the Olympics can go on unaffected by coronavirus
16 Mar 2020 - 7:59PM
How a Taiwan court verdict just made the outsourcing of pollution much more difficult
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM