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    Collective relocation of Fukushima residents

    Municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture are relocating residents and administrative functions to remote areas. Many of them are located within the evacuation zone around the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    On March 19th, Futaba Town moved its functions and the entire community to Saitama City in Saitama Prefecture....

    Saturday, March 26, 2011 19:22 +0900 (JST)

    Death toll as of Saturday

    Japanese police say so far 10,489 people have been confirmed dead and more than 16,600 are missing after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.
    6,333 dead were counted in Miyagi Prefecture.
    In Iwate Prefecture 3,152 people have been confirmed dead, while in Fukushima Prefecture 946 people died...
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    Sunday, March 27, 2011 08:53 +0900 (JST)

    Record 16-meter tsunami hit Minami-sanriku

    Scientists say a record 16-meter tsunami hit a coastal town in Miyagi Prefecture on March 11th.
    Researchers at the Port and Airport Research Institute released the finding after inspecting buildings in Minami-sanriku Town, which was devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami....
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    Sunday, March 27, 2011 08:53 +0900 (JST)

    No rolling blackouts on Sunday

    Tokyo Electric Power Company has cancelled planned rolling blackouts for Sunday in parts of Tokyo and surrounding areas as electricity demand is not likely to exceed supply.
    TEPCO said on Saturday that demand during the evening peak hour from 6 to 7 is expected to be lower than initially thought. Planned rolling blackouts were also cancelled on Saturday....

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 08:53 +0900 (JST)

    Steel makers provide TEPCO with electricity

    Japan's major steel makers are moving to provide electricity to Tokyo Electric Power Company in an effort to help ease power shortages in Tokyo and its surrounding areas.
    Sumitomo Metal Industries reactivated its conventional power station on Saturday at its steel plant in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture. The power station had been shut down for safety checks after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami....

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 08:53 +0900 (JST)

    Brazil raises funds for Japanese quake survivors

    People in Sao Paulo, a city with a large Japanese-Brazilian population, have made donations to a fund raising campaign for survivors of the recent disaster in Japan.
    A donation box was set up at the city center in an event sponsored by the Red Cross and Japanese-Brazilians...

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 08:53 +0900 (JST)

    Raising funds in Thailand for quake-hit Japan

    Thai students affected by the March 11th earthquake in Japan have appealed in Bangkok for funds to help Japanese survivors.
    About 100 Thai people including students at universities in Japan called on passers-by for cash donations in a fashionable Bangkok shopping district on Saturday...

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 08:53 +0900 (JST)

    Israeli medical team to arrive in Japan

    An emergency medical team from Israel is on its way to Japan to aid survivors of the massive quake and tsunami.
    The group of 60 doctors and nurses left an air force base in southern Israel on Saturday. They are the first foreign medical team sent to Japan since the March 11th disaster...

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 11:31 +0900 (JST)

    Indonesians create handprinted Hinomaru for Tohoku

    People in Indonesia have created a handprint version of Japan's national flag to cheer up survivors of the March 11th massive earthquake and tsunami.
    The event was organized by former workers of Japanese companies....

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 16:01 +0900 (JST)

    Over 10,000 confirmed dead in quake and tsunami

    Japanese police say that 10,633 deaths have been confirmed in the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11th.
    By region, 6,477 deaths were confirmed in Miyagi Prefecture, surpassing the confirmed death toll of 6,434 in the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake that struck the Kobe area of central Japan.....

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 16:24 +0900 (JST)

    Man waiting for fuel died of CO poisoning

    An old man has been found dead in a vehicle near a gas station in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture. Police think he died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    Gas station workers found the man unconscious in the mini-vehicle in Tanakura Town on Sunday morning....

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 17:03 +0900 (JST)

    Fisheries coop in Iwate to study recovery steps

    A fisheries cooperative in northeastern Japan will study recovery steps after confirming the willingness of its members to continue their business.
    One of the 3 fisheries coops in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, had more than 400 fishing boats before the tsunami, but 90 percent of them have been lost. All seaweed and scallop farms were swept away by the tsunami....

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 17:03 +0900 (JST)

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      Robots Arrive at Fukushima Nuclear Site with Unclear Mission

      Generally, bots have proved effective operating in high-radiation environments, but Japan's nuclear crisis poses new challenges
      By Larry Greenemeier | March 24, 2011

      Full article:
      TEPCo summoned a small corps of military-grade robots last week from iRobot Corp. in Bedford, Mass. Japan's Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. last week sent its Disaster Monitoring Robot, or Moni-Robo, to the Daiichi site as well. Other robotics companies ...
      The robots

      Moni-Robo is reportedly on site at Daiichi... designed to be operated remotely?from as far as a kilometer away... includes a camera that can take video as well as 3-D thermographic images...also features sensors for measuring radioactivity and detecting combustible gases.

      Inuktun ... "crawler" robots in a variety of sizes... are used primarily to inspect confined spaces such as pipes and sewers...

      Four ... iRobot systems...reached Tokyo Monday night along with six of the company's engineers....designed primarily for explosive ordinance disposal ....

      Warriors were modified so they could carry a 6.4-centimeter fire hose should more water be needed somewhere. ...

      One ...fitted with a sensor that can detect radioactivity...

      [others] ...can lift up to about 13.6 kilograms, move debris and potentially relocate hazardous materials... the Packbot can travel at up to 9.3 kilometers per hour and climb grades as steep as 60 degrees.


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        Death toll in Miyagi tops that of Hanshin quake

        Japan's police have confirmed 10,804 deaths, with more than 16,200 others missing, after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan....

        Sunday, March 27, 2011 23:44 +0900 (JST)


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          Faulty measurement caused the evacuation of Fukushima

          Swedish to English translation

          Published March 27, 2011, at. 17:06. Last modified March 27, 2011, at. 17:58

          The alarmingly high radiation values ​​measured in the nuclear power plant in Fukushima in Japan was due to measurement error.
          Energy company Tepco announced earlier that the radiation in the water in the turbine unit at the power plant's second reactor was ten million times greater than usual. Now the company says that it was a mistake.
          The workers were evacuated from the reactor hall because of the high radiation values.
          STUK in Finland report that erroneous measurements can easily occur in the nuclear power plant in Fukushima under the circumstances. The apparatus could also be damaged.


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            190,000 people still in temporary shelters

            More than 190,000 people are still in shelters in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.
            NHK has learned that as of Sunday, 193,213 people were staying in temporary shelters across the country. That's 3,932 fewer than the previous day.
            Miyagi Prefecture is sheltering the largest number, 83,537. Iwate Prefecture has 42,923 evacuees, followed by Fukushima Prefecture with 30,630 evacuees....

            Monday, March 28, 2011 05:48 +0900 (JST)

            March 11th tsunami confirmed up to 13 meters high

            The March 11th tsunami that hit Japan's northeastern coast was as high as 13 meters in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.
            Researchers from the University of Tokyo and the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology said on Sunday that the tsunami reached a gymnasium one kilometer from the shoreline and climbed as high as 13 meters.....

            Monday, March 28, 2011 05:54 +0900 (JST)


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              Miyagi hit by 5 minus earthquake

              An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.5 occurred off Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan at 7:24 A.M. on Monday.
              The Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami evacuation advisory for the coastal areas of the prefecture at 7:27 A.M, but the advisory was later lifted. The area has already been devastated by the March 11th quake...

              Monday, March 28, 2011 09:28 +0900 (JST)

              Weather agency warns of aftershocks

              The Meteorological Agency has called on people to remain on alert after a tsunami advisory was issued for coastal areas in Miyagi Prefecture on Monday.
              The advisory was released following an earthquake earlier in the morning and was later lifted...

              Monday, March 28, 2011 11:21 +0900 (JST)

              Disaster information in 16 languages

              The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is providing on its website information in 16 languages about radiation arising from the nuclear incidents in Japan.
              The university's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Education and Research began building a multilingual disaster information service the day after the March 11th earthquake....

              The website's address is
              Monday, March 28, 2011 12:07 +0900 (JST)

              Housing the survivors

              The construction of temporary housing began on Monday in disaster-stricken Miyagi prefecture.
              The prefecture said that since more than 80,000 residents are taking shelter within Miyagi, it will build over 1,000 housing units in the cities of Sendai, Ishinomaki and elsewhere....

              Monday, March 28, 2011 15:47 +0900 (JST)

              Over 28,000 dead or missing in Japan disaster

              More than 28,000 people have died or are missing following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast on March 11th.
              The National Police Agency says that as of 6 PM on Monday, 10,901 people had been confirmed dead and 17,621 listed as missing. Police have identified 8,030 of the bodies.....

              Monday, March 28, 2011 18:07 +0900 (JST)

              Kan encourages SDF troops

              Prime Minister Naoto Kan has offered encouragement to the Self-Defense Forces engaged in operations at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and in relief work in northeastern Japan.
              Kan visited the SDF command center at the Defense Ministry on Monday for the first time since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....

              Monday, March 28, 2011 19:15 +0900 (JST)

              Damage to fishing

              The marine products industry on the Pacific coast of central and northern Japan suffered serious damage in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
              The fisheries ministry says 2,338 fishing boats had been reported damaged across the region as of Sunday....

              Monday, March 28, 2011 19:15 +0900 (JST)


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                Triple disaster leaves families with missing loved ones in agony

                MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima -- In addition to the devastation wrought by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, residents in some parts of the prefecture are agonizing over delays in efforts to locate missing people as a result of the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
                With residents living within a radius of 20 kilometers from the plant evacuated and those living between a radius of 20 and 30 kilometers urged by the government to evacuate, volunteer firefighters and other locals have taken it upon themselves to continue searching for missing people in place of neighbors who are unable to take on the distressing task....

                (Mainichi Japan) March 28, 2011

                Nuclear crisis hampers search for missing

                Clutching posters with their photos, Norio Kimura tirelessly searches for his wife Miyuki, daughter Yuna and father Wataro, but he is barred from searching their quake-hit neighborhood.

                Their family home was in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, only a few kilometers from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The home was swept away in the tsunami triggered by the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11......
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                Tsunami raised water levels over 40km inland

                Japan's Land Ministry has found that the tsunami on March 11th ran more than 40 kilometers upstream from river mouths.
                The ministry collected data of water levels from major rivers in the affected areas and calculated how far the waves traveled upstream....
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                Tuesday, March 29, 2011 02:22 +0900 (JST)

                Tsunami flooded 100 square kilometers of city land

                A survey has found that a quarter of the land ravaged by the March 11th tsunami was in cities and towns. The damage to urban areas is likely to greatly hamper reconstruction of these communities.
                The semi-public Geospatial Information Authority says the tsunami flooded a total 443 square kilometers of land in the 4 prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima....
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                Tuesday, March 29, 2011 09:58 +0900 (JST)

                GPS wave recorders off coasts recorded tsunami

                A government study has found that dramatic changes in tide levels in the sea off northern Japan continued for about 6 hours after a massive tsunami struck on March 11th.
                The land ministry survey relied on 7 floating GPS wave recorders installed off the Pacific coast from Aomori to Fukushima Prefectures. The Port and Airport research Institute analyzed data from the recorders....

                Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:49 +0900 (JST)

                Over 28,000 dead or missing in Japan disaster

                Over 28,000 people are dead or missing following the huge earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeastern coast on March 11th.
                The National Police Agency says as of 10 AM on Tuesday, 11,063 people had been confirmed dead and 17,258 missing. Police have identified 8,473 bodies....

                Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:18 +0900 (JST)

                Pets suffer in aftermath of disaster

                OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--With a monstrous wall of water approaching her home, Mutsuko Niinuma grabbed her most important possessions--her dog and her ancestral tablet--and fled for her life.
                Now, Niinuma, 47, her husband Yoshihiko, 46, and Chacha her Chihuahua live together in a special section for evacuees with pets in the gymnasium at Ofunato Junior High School.
                The area, haphazardly partitioned with used cardboard, was set up after some evacuees complained about animals in the shelter.....

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                Islanders cut off from mainland due to tsunami

                KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A small boat built to carry 12 people is the only ferry service still available for the 3,200 or so residents of Oshima island wanting to reach the mainland.
                The island off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, was badly battered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the towering tsunami it triggered March 11.
                Islanders face shortages of rice, medicine and other essentials.....

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                  Tokyo-area stress-related illnesses worsen in wake of disaster: survey

                  While there is no doubting the enormity of the human toll of March 11's earthquake and tsunami in Japan's northeast, a new survey suggests the stress of the disaster may have wider health consequences, a recent survey has shown.

                  The survey -- conducted by online hospital search site QLife -- showed that the symptoms of Tokyo-area residents with chronic stress-related conditions including high blood pressure, depression and insomnia had worsened since March 11 despite the patients being far from the disaster area. Children appeared unaffected, while the trend was strongest among women and the elderly.....
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                  (Mainichi Japan) March 29, 2011

                  Tsunami-ravaged northeast Japan village agonizes over future

                  KAMAISHI, Iwate -- Residents here are faced with the difficult decision of whether to rebuild this tsunami-ravaged fishing village on the Pacific coast, or leave it forever.

                  A 9.3-meter seawall had been built here in the Ryoishi district of Kamaishi to protect it from just such a disaster, but the huge March 11 tsunami swallowed the entire village anyway, leaving more than 40 of the some 500 citizens dead or unaccounted for. Only about 10 homes survived the wave. "Five seniors were evacuated to a residential area on high ground, but when they were drinking tea and relaxing, the tsunami took them," said one villager...
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                  (Mainichi Japan) March 29, 2011

                  22,726 seek job advice in quake-hit areas

                  More than 22,000 people have contacted public employment offices in the 3 northeastern prefectures hit hardest by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

                  The labor ministry has set up consultation counters for survivors at job placement centers and labor bureaus in Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima prefectures.
                  22,726 people have asked about wages, unemployment benefits and finding new jobs....
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                  Wednesday, March 30, 2011 06:25 +0900 (JST)

                  Researchers: 30-meter tsunami in Ofunato

                  The latest research on the March 11 tsunami that slammed into Ofunato city in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan shows that it was nearly 30 meters high.

                  A joint research team from Yokohama National University and University of Tokyo surveying the Ofunato city shoreline made the discovery.
                  They found fishing equipment scattered on the high cliff of the city's Ryori Bay and have determined the tsunami reached as high as 29.6 meters....
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                  Wednesday, March 30, 2011 06:25 +0900 (JST)

                  Labor offices receive 7,000 job inquiries following quake

                  SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Local labor offices in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures have received around 7,000 inquiries in total about labor issues, such as dismissals and leave allowances, since the March 11 mega earthquake and ensuing tsunamis, the offices said Wednesday.

                  It is now expected that these inquiries will inevitably increase as a large number of businesses in coastal areas of the three prefectures have suffered catastrophic damage due to the tsunamis, labor officials said....

                  (Mainichi Japan) March 30, 2011

                  Red Cross donates millions

                  The Japanese and American Red Cross organizations say they have raised millions of dollars in donations to support the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
                  The Japanese Red Cross Society says it collected nearly 490 million dollars in the first 2 weeks after the disaster....

                  Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:55 +0900 (JST)


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                    School rule of handing students to parents during disasters may have backfired

                    A rule at many elementary schools of handing over children to their parents when disasters occur may have backfired, with many parents and children who left the safety of school buildings being taken by the tsunami while those who remained in the schools were saved.

                    A 2009 revision to a student safety law led many schools to adopt the rule, but according to one expert, when a tsunami is coming the rule is a "complete mistake," and schools rather need a framework in place that will let them react flexibly to disasters.....
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                    (Mainichi Japan) March 30, 2011

                    Disaster center in coastal Iwate city proved tsunami death trap

                    KAMAISHI, Iwate -- Most people who took shelter at a disaster control center here on March 11 lost their lives to the giant tsunami that tore into the coast -- just eight days after they took part in a tsunami drill at the facility.

                    Some 100-200 residents are thought to have evacuated to the Unosumai disaster control center here immediately after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit Japan's northeast earlier this month, though the center was not an official tsunami evacuation point. Only about 30 of them survived the tsunami generated by the quake, and 54 were found dead. The rest remain unaccounted for....
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                    Mainichi Japan) March 30, 2011

                    Residents, municipal gov't of Fukushima town move to third shelter since evacuation

                    KAZO, Saitama -- About 1,200 residents of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, situated near the crippled nuclear power plant, began moving to their third shelter here on March 30.

                    They rode buses to a now defunct prefectural high school in Kazo, from Saitama Super Arena in Chuo Ward, Saitama Prefecture. The evacuees are expected to stay at the school for a long period. The refugees had first taken shelter closer to home, in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture...
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                      Serious fuel shortage haunts disaster areas

                      Disaster-hit northeastern Japan still faces acute shortages of gasoline and other fuels due to damaged transport and distribution systems.

                      Wholesaler Showa Shell Sekiyu revealed that as of Wednesday, it has been able to supply just 60 percent of its orders. It says it will increase the number of tankers to meet demand.....

                      Thursday, March 31, 2011 08:01 +0900 (JST)

                      Evacuee life tough on kids / Children and parents suffer mental and physical stress

                      KAMAISHI, Iwate--More than two weeks after being left homeless by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and taking shelter at evacuation centers, many victims remain distressed despite relief supplies and medical care gradually starting to reach them.
                      At 8 a.m. Sunday at the Kuribayashi Primary School's gym in Kamaishi, some of the residents began delivering food for breakfast to other residents. Each person, from the elderly down to young children, was given chocolate-flavored bread, an orange and a canned drink.

                      The school gym in a mountainous area about five kilometers from the coastline has served as an evacuation center since the quake.....

                      (Mar. 31, 2011)
                      yomiuri online

                      US giving Japan time on trade pact after disaster

                      The US government says it understands that Japan may have to delay its decision on a US-backed free trade pact as it deals with the aftermath of the quake and tsunami.
                      The Japanese government had previously said it would decide by June whether to join negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. But it may now delay the decision as it prioritizes reconstruction.....

                      Thursday, March 31, 2011 14:26 +0900 (JST)


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                        Affected regions yet to receive cash donations

                        Donations of more than 860 million dollars have been raised in Japan for those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. However, little progress has been made in discussions on how to distribute the funds as the damage is too extensive for local authorities to grasp.....

                        Thursday, March 31, 2011 19:10 +0900 (JST)

                        Caution advised on aftershocks and tsunami

                        Japan's Meteorological Agency advises continued caution due to powerful aftershocks 3 weeks after a magnitude 9.0 quake hit Japan.
                        Sixteen aftershocks with the intensity of 5 or higher on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 have occurred in northeastern Japan since the massive quake....

                        Friday, April 01, 2011 05:09 +0900 (JST)


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                          Quake orphan support begins

                          The government, schools and other organizations have started working on systems to provide support for children orphaned by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
                          At Isobe Middle School in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, at least five of the school's about 70 students are believed to have lost one or both parents. Some are currently living with their grandparents.....

                          (Apr. 1, 2011)
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                          Quake orphans expected to be in the hundreds

                          Several hundred children are believed to have lost their parents in the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, substantially more than the 68 who were orphaned by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.
                          Compared with the Great Hanshin Earthquake that struck early in the morning, the majority of children were at school on the Friday when the Tohoku earthquake hit and were able to evacuate safely.....

                          (Apr. 1, 2011)
                          yomiuri online

                          Longing for her mother / 4-yr-old girl pens heartbreaking letter to missing parent

                          MIYAKO, Iwate--"Dear Mommy, I hope you are alive. Are you well?"

                          This is the heartbreaking letter written last week by 4-year-old Manami Kon. The girl's mother, father and 2-year-old sister have all been missing since their town was devastated by a tsunami March 11....

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                            US, Japan forces start massive search

                            The US military and Japan's Self-Defense Forces have launched a massive operation to find those still missing in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
                            The joint operation started on Friday, 3 weeks after the disaster. More than 16,000 people remain missing.

                            In the morning, helicopters of the Ground Self-Defense Force left their base in Sendai City to join the search mission.....
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                            Friday, April 01, 2011 11:32 +0900 (JST)

                            Over 28,000 dead or missing

                            The death toll from the March 11th quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan has risen to 11,578.

                            The National Police Agency said on Friday morning that 16,451 people are listed as missing, bringing the number of dead or missing to over 28,000.
                            The largest number of deaths --- 7,058 --- has been confirmed in Miyagi Prefecture, followed by Iwate with 3,396 and Fukushima with 1,064.
                            9,260 of the confirmed dead have been identified and 9,043 bodies have been returned to families.....

                            Friday, April 01, 2011 11:49 +0900 (JST)

                            Seabed surge caused tsunamis

                            Japanese researchers say they have discovered that the seabed rose as much as 5 meters near the focus of the massive earthquake that struck off northeastern Japan on March 11th.
                            The research team was led by Ryota Hino, an Associate Professor at Tohoku University's Research Center for the Prediction of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions....

                            Friday, April 01, 2011 12:23 +0900 (JST)

                            Foreign exodus from Japan after disaster

                            NHK has learned that at least 20,000 foreign nationals have left Japan since the massive earthquake and the start of radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
                            NHK conducted a survey this week on the disaster's impact on diplomatic missions in Japan. Those of 46 countries and territories responded......

                            Friday, April 01, 2011 15:46 +0900 (JST)

                            Kan vows to submit disaster-relief budget in April

                            Prime Minister Naoto Kan says his government will submit a draft supplementary budget to the Diet before the end of April, to offer relief and reconstruction support to regions hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....

                            Friday, April 01, 2011 20:08 +0900 (JST)

                            Quake may halt Suzuki's overseas production

                            The chairman of Suzuki Motor has indicated that the company may have to stop production at its overseas plants as early as May, as the disaster that hit Japan on March 11th is making it difficult to procure components.

                            Osamu Suzuki told reporters on Friday that the automaker's main overseas plant in India and other production bases can operate for now, as components shipped before the quake are being delivered to them.....

                            Friday, April 01, 2011 20:08 +0900 (JST)

                            SOS from Mayor of Minami Soma City, next to the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan
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                              Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                              Self-Defense Force member dies in relief mission

                              A member of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has died after being hospitalized due to poor health during a relief mission in the area affected by the March 11th disaster.
                              The Defense Ministry says a sergeant major in his 50s died on Friday. He was in the Ground Self-Defense Force's Second Artillery Regiment, based in Asahikawa, Hokkaido.....

                              Saturday, April 02, 2011 09:05 +0900 (JST)

                              Tsunami washed away 23 JR stations

                              Tsunami washed away at least 23 railway stations in the Tohoku region following the earthquake that hit the country's northeast on March 11, East Japan Railway Co. has announced.....

                              (Apr. 2, 2011)
                              yomiuri online

                              Massive search continues in northeastern Japan

                              Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the US military are continuing a massive search for missing people following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. More than 16,000 remain missing.
                              25,000 troops from the 2 countries began the search on Saturday, the second day of the 3-day operation.
                              sankei news
                              Saturday, April 02, 2011 12:20 +0900 (JST)

                              Parts shortage forces Nissan, Ford to close plants

                              Nissan and Ford have announced that the two companies will close their plants in the United States for about one week this month due to supply disruptions stemming from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
                              Nissan says it will shut down its 2 plants in Tennessee and another in Mississippi for about one week between April 8th and April 21st because of expected disruptions in components supply from Japan.....

                              Saturday, April 02, 2011 14:08 +0900 (JST)

                              Kan visits nuclear disaster area

                              Prime Minister Naoto Kan has offered the government's full support to survivors of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
                              Kan flew by helicopter to Rikuzen-takata City in disaster-ravaged Iwate Prefecture on Saturday morning.
                              The prime minister was briefed by Mayor Futoshi Toba on the local situation after the disaster......
                              sankei news
                              Saturday, April 02, 2011 15:42 +0900 (JST)

                              Reserchers:Seabed surge caused higher tsunami

                              Japanese researchers say the March 11th tsunami may have been amplified by a massive lifting of the seabed within the focus zone of the quake.
                              The researchers analyzed tsunami data from along the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan and from farther out in the ocean.
                              The data shows the tsunami was generated from the seabed over an area stretching some 450 kilometers north and south.......

                              Saturday, April 02, 2011 19:09 +0900 (JST)

                              Second day of Japan-US search mission

                              Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the US military continue a large-scale operation to find those still missing in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
                              The 3-day joint search began on Friday. It covers the Pacific coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

                              Authorities say 53 bodies had been recovered as of 3 PM on Saturday......

                              Saturday, April 02, 2011 21:12 +0900 (JST)

                              French ecology minister visits disaster-hit Sendai

                              The French ecology minister has pledged emergency assistance to help restore farmland in northeastern Japan that was devastated by last month's earthquake and tsunami.....

                              Saturday, April 02, 2011 21:29 +0900 (JST)

                              <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="300" height="255" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>2 women died....
                              During the Japanese Earthquake near Sendai on March 11, 2011, the roof of this building collapsed in Kudanshita (Tokyo) while a college graduation ceremony was going on. This is a amateur reporter's video capturing the rescue efforts, property of CNN. Original upload:

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