Ari Beser

Photos: Get to know ICAN, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

  OSLO, Norway –  The Norwegian Nobel Committee once bestowed its prestigious peace prize to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu each in their fight to end Apartheid. President Obama earned it for his ability to unite the masses in the name ...

A Preventable Nuclear Threat You Most Likely Don’t Know About

Vilnius, Lithuania–A tiny European country at the edge of the western world worries that it is in the path of what could be the next Chernobyl-level disaster. The government of Lithuania fears a Russian nuclear reactor under construction in ...

Stories From Fukushima You Have Never Heard

FUKUSHIMA, Japan— Ten months ago I arrived in Japan to cover a historic year—the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings, the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, and the first visit by a sitting U.S. President ...

Is it Safe to Visit Fukushima?

FUKUSHIMA, Japan—The majority of the world knows the word “Fukushima” because of the 2011 disaster that crippled its nuclear plant. While the effects of the radiation itself are hard to track, so has been the economic impact on Japan’s ...

Photos: Inside the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone

  FUKUSHIMA, Japan—What would you do if your house was physically spared from a nuclear disaster, and yet you still had to leave it all behind? What would you bring? What would you leave? For hundreds of thousands of ...

Fukushima Parents Find Relief From Radiation At Indoor Playgrounds

FUKUSHIMA, Japan—One of the biggest health problems facing Fukushima after the 2011 nuclear disaster are not directly caused by radiation exposure. Instead, it’s the fear of exposure that has driven rates of childhood obesity in the past five years, ...

East Meets West at This Historic Nagasaki Eatery

NAGASAKI, Japan– Kagetsu, a ryoutei [traditional Japanese restaurant] meaning “Flower in the Moonlight,” is the very definition of what Nagasaki means. Dutch and Chinese influences etched into the design of the establishment reflect the impact these countries have left on ...

Exclusive: One Man’s Harrowing Story of Surviving the Japan Tsunami

KORIYAMA, Fukushima—During my months of reporting and interviewing survivors about the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, one particular person stood out. Ryo Kanouya, 26, can no longer live in his hometown village of Namie in Fukushima Prefecture because of ...

High-Tech Bike Share to Monitor Radiation in Fukushima

AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima—Irish writer Oscar Wilde once said, “Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.” Jun Yamadera, a Japanese entrepreneur, says that is the reason he’s committed to keeping his tech company Eyes, Japan Co. Ltd, in Fukushima. ...

How Citizen Science Changed the Way Fukushima Radiation is Reported

Photos By Ari Beser Tokyo – “It appears the world-changing event didn’t change anything, and it’s disappointing,”said Pieter Franken, a researcher at Keio University in Japan (Wide Project), the MIT Media Lab (Civic Media Centre), and co-founder of ...