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One year after Japan earthquake and tsunami, search for bodies continues

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

With a minute of silence, tolling bells and prayers, Japan will on Sunday mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis that shattered public trust in atomic power and the nation's leaders.


Records show Japan gov't foresaw possible Fukushima meltdown

Documents show that Japanese leaders foresaw the possibility of a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, but kept their knowledge secret for months.


Japan plans to scrap nuclear plants after 40 years

Japan says it will soon require atomic reactors to be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety following the nuclear crisis set off by last year's tsunami....


GM's September U.S. auto sales up 20 percent

GM's September U.S. auto sales up 20 percent

General Motors Co and Chrysler Group reported September U.S. auto sales gains of at least 20 percent, a sign that consumers have returned as vehicle inventories have risen after being crimped by the March earthquake in Japan.

Senh: I didn't know that the Japanese earthquake has an effect on American automakers unless parts are being manufactured there. If that's the case, it would be ironic.


7.1 earthquake strikes off Japan coast

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of northern Japan Sunday, prompting tsunami advisories for several coastal regions, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.


Japan reconstruction minister resigns over ‘rough’ remarks about tsunami reconstruction

A week into his new job, Japan’s disaster reconstruction minister resigned Tuesday after making remarks widely criticized as offensive during a visit to the tsunami-devastated northeastern coast, where he refused to shake a governor’s hand, scolded the official and threatened to withhold aid.


Trade deficit narrows in April to $43.7 billion

American companies sold more computers, heavy machinery and telecommunications equipment in foreign markets in April, pushing exports to a record high. Imports declined, reflecting a big drop in auto imports from Japan caused by supply disruptions from the March earthquake and tsunami.


3 Japan nuclear reactors melted down

Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced a full meltdown at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.


Japan PM to offer to resign in autumn or later: report

Japan PM to offer to resign in autumn or later: report

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan -- in danger of losing a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday -- will offer to resign later this year after dealing with a nuclear crisis and other urgent matters related to the massive March earthquake and tsunami, domestic media reported.


Fitch cuts Japan credit rating outlook to negative

Ratings agency Fitch on Friday cut its outlook on Japan's sovereign debt, warning that the vast cost of a March earthquake and tsunami and the still-unknown bill for the clean-up after the nuclear disaster would further strain the country's already shaky public finances.


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