Daniel Hurst is a freelance journalist based in Tokyo and a member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. He has 14 years of experience writing for online and print media, including coverage of politics, education, the environment and health.


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Climate Control

“No sane society would choose to do geoengineering. The fact that we are having to look at it is because the correct course of action requires more courage than the political leadership around the world has,” says Professor John Moore of Beijing Normal University.  Read more →
(Global Ground Media, June 25, 2019) 

Town where nobody's home

Okuma, on Japan’s east coast, used to host a busy community of 10,500 people. But today the houses stand empty. Read more →
(The Guardian, March 9, 2018) 

The making of the Kyoto Protocol

A series marking the 20th anniversary of the world's first legally binding carbon cuts, based on interviews with key players.
Inside the 4am effort to salvage a deal (Asia Times)
Examining Japan's energy policies (Asia Times) →
Heroes and villains (Lowy Institute's Interpreter)
(December 2017) 

Earth, Wood, Dry Hay

“Minka” mourners fear the tearing down of traditional Japanese farmhouses is symbolic of society emphatically turning its back on sustainable, community-minded practices of the past.  Read more →
(Adda, June 11, 2019) 

'They stole my life away'

Junko Iizuka was 16 when she was taken to a clinic for a mystery operation that would prevent her from ever having children. She later found out she was one of 16,500 people subjected to forced sterilisation under a Japanese eugenics law that was aimed at stopping the birth of “inferior” children. Now the victims are making their voices heard.  Read more →
(The Guardian, April 4, 2018) 

Other recent articles

'This is not a "what if" story': Tokyo braces for quake

With experts estimating a 70% chance of a magnitude-7 quake hitting Tokyo within the next three decades, how is this megacity preparing for the next big disaster?  Read more → 日本語 →
(The Guardian, June 12, 2019)

North Korea: drought deepens concerns over food shortages

Fears are growing for young children and other vulnerable groups as a drought in North Korea threatens to worsen food shortages in the isolated country.  Read more →
(The Guardian, May 14, 2019)  

Japan's Naruhito makes first public appearance as emperor

Tens of thousands of people queued for hours to catch a glimpse of Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito, as he greeted the public for the first time since his father’s abdication.  Read more →
(The Observer, May 4, 2019) 

Akihito abdicates, leaving imposing legacy for son

He is widely revered for bringing the imperial family closer to the people, and has also won respect for his efforts to heal Japan’s post-World War II wounds.  Read more →
(NBC News, April 28, 2019)  

Does Japan's New Climate Strategy Go Far Enough?

Japan wants to be seen as a leader on climate change, but environmental activists have doubts about the latest strategy. Read more →
(The Diplomat, April 16, 2019)  

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