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    22:44 JST 01 Aug 2011 39.8N 142.2E 50 km M5.7 Iwate-ken Oki

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    • Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead & missing - March 27+

      Lantern floating ceremony held in Ishinomaki

      People floated lanterns on a river in disaster-affected Miyagi Prefecture to pray for the peaceful repose of the souls of the victims of the March earthquake and tsunami.....

      Monday, August 01, 2011 05:59 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_03.html

      SDF end relief operation in Miyagi

      Self-Defense Force members have ended their relief operations in northeastern Japan's Miyagi prefecture, an area that was hard hit by the March 11th disaster.....
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      Monday, August 01, 2011 14:57 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_22.html

      Dollar remains weak despite US debt deal

      ......Usui suggested that moves by Japanese manufacturers to shift production out of Japan would increase after the March 11th disaster showed the need to diversify their production bases.....

      Monday, August 01, 2011 20:12 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_33.html
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      Yomiuri online

      Rising yen hits companies hard / Analysts fear hollowing out of industries

      Companies struggling to recover from the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake also have been rocked by the strengthening yen, which has risen to the 77 yen level against the U.S. dollar in Tokyo......
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      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T110731002445.htm

      Ama divers doing best to keep tradition afloat

      KUJI, Iwate--A group of about 20 woman divers in Kuji is determined to preserve a special feature of their area's summer--demonstrations of traditional ama free-diving for sea urchins--despite damage caused to facilities by the March 11 disaster......

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110731002700.htm
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      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

      Itochu's April-June net profit surges 125% on higher resource prices

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Itochu Corp. said Monday its group net profit surged 124.6 percent from a year earlier to 90.35 billion yen in the April-June quarter, backed by higher resource and energy prices.....

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu084000c.html

      Honda group net profit plummets 88% in April-June on quake damage

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Honda Motor Co. said Monday its group net profit for the April-June quarter plunged 88.3 percent from a year earlier to 31.80 billion yen due mainly to the decline in automobile production caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu085000c.html

      Japan's new vehicle sales down 27.6% on year in July

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- New vehicle sales in Japan excluding minivehicles fell 27.6 percent in July from a year earlier to 241,472 units, decreasing for the 11th consecutive month, an industry body said Monday......

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu086000c.html

      Economists forecast annualized 2.6% fall in Japan's 2nd qtr GDP

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Private-sector analysts on average forecast the Japanese economy contracted at an annualized rate of 2.6 percent in the April-June quarter, after the March earthquake and tsunami slowed production and exports, a Kyodo News survey showed Monday....

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu087000c.html

      Free public bath brings people together in disaster area

      RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- A free public bath run by a volunteer affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake has been bustling with local residents who enjoy friendly exchanges there......

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na002000c.html

      Tsunami-stricken oyster-farming community at crossroads over 'special zone' plan

      ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- In the coastal community of Momonoura, which was already struggling through the stagnancy following its oyster-farming heyday, the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami has brought about even further hardship......

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na005000c.html

      No clear path for fishing industry devastated by March 11 tsunami

      Over 4 1/2 months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ravaged northeastern Japan, and fishermen in many areas still have no idea when they can resume working.....

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na009000c.html

      Popular barber shop in Iwate town reopens using mobile home

      YAMADA, Iwate -- A popular barber shop in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, reopened in a used mobile home on July 31, more than four months after its original shop was destroyed by the huge tsunami triggered by the March 11 temblor......

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na016000c.html

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      Jiji press

      Honda Ups FY 2011 Profit Estimates on Supply Chain Restoration

      Tokyo, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--Honda Motor Co. <7267> said Monday that it has revised up its group net profit estimate for fiscal 2011 to next March to 230 billion yen from 195 billion yen as the parts supply chains disrupted by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are now being rapidly restored.......

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080100675

      Japan to Tighten Land Transaction Monitoring in Disaster Areas

      Tokyo, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's land ministry plans to strengthen its monitoring of land transactions in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, due to concerns over possible land price surges in hilly areas with lower tsunami risks, informed sources said Monday......

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080100706

      SDF Withdraws from Disaster-Hit Miyagi Pref.

      Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Self-Defense Forces on Monday ended their 144 days of relief activities in Miyagi Prefecture, which was hard hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080100410

      Production Returns to Normal at 80 Pct of Japan Manufacturing Bases

      Tokyo, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--Production has returned to predisaster levels at 73 of 91 manufacturing bases damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in eastern and northeastern Japan, the industry ministry said Monday.......

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080100846

      Japan April-June GDP Seen Shrinking 2.5 Pct

      Tokyo, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's gross domestic product is estimated to have shrunk at an annual rate of 2.5 pct in the April-June quarter, according to the average estimate of 11 think tanks.......

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080100874
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      Sankei news

      SDF withdraws

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        APEC Sendai to discuss corporate role in disasters

        Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation will discuss corporate responsibilities in the event of disasters. The conference is to start Tuesday for two days in the northeastern city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, which was hit hard by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....
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        Tuesday, August 02, 2011 06:33 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_04.html

        Defense report focuses on China's naval beef-ups

        ....The paper also focuses on the deployment of a record 100,000 personnel from Japan's Ground, Air and Maritime Self-Defense forces to help victims of the March 11th disaster.....

        Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:41 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_09.html

        "Nadeshiko" Japan to receive People's Honor Award

        Edano.....He said the team had encouraged survivors of the March 11th disaster to carry on in hard times....

        Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:52 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_13.html

        APEC Sendai starts discussion

        The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum has begun a 2-day conference on the role of corporations in disasters in northeastern Japan. The conference takes place in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, the largest city in the disaster zone from the March 11th quake and tsunami.....
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        Tuesday, August 02, 2011 12:23 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_16.html

        Children from disaster areas invited to China

        More than 90 children from areas hit by the March 11th disaster in Japan are visiting the southern Chinese resort of Hainan Island at the invitation of China's government.....

        Tuesday, August 02, 2011 19:19 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_26.html

        APEC opens to discuss disaster preparedness

        The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum has opened a 2-day conference in Sendai to discuss private-sector preparedness for natural disasters.....

        Tuesday, August 02, 2011 20:24 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_29.html

        Nissan develops EV-based home power supply system

        Nissan Motor has developed a power supply system using electric vehicle batteries for use during blackouts.....

        Tuesday, August 02, 2011 21:04 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_34.html
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        Yomiuri online

        GDP expected to shrink in April-June quarter

        The nation's gross domestic product will likely show negative growth in the April- June quarter due mainly to a decrease in exports following the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to forecasts by seven private research institutes......
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        Disaster-preparedness loans / DBJ offers low-interest financing to firms taking strong steps

        The Development Bank of Japan will provide low-interest loans to companies taking strong disaster-prevention countermeasures, grading the firms on a scale of one to five......

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T110801004404.htm

        July electricity use down 20&#37; / Efforts by corporations, households to save power behind decline

        Electricity demand in the eastern part of the nation dropped by about 20 percent in July from the same month last year, largely due to power-saving efforts by corporations and ordinary households, it has been learned.....
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        Asahi com

        Banking matchmaker helping disaster-hit companies

        Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. is playing the role of matchmaker in the Tohoku region......

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108010202.html

        Workers bear the burden as companies save power

        While the government target of cutting power consumption by 15 percent will likely be achieved this summer, workers and small businesses are paying the price.......

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108010195.html

        Enrollment surges at driving schools in hard-hit regions

        With rubble everywhere in sight and jobs nowhere to be found more than four months after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, there is one obvious job for anyone with the proper training and licensing in the devastated regions.....

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108010188.html

        Dodgy data led to overestimate of electricity demand

        The government's estimate of electricity demand for the area covered by Tokyo Electric Power Co. was based on flimsy data that was inflated by about 20 percent from actual figures compiled by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.......

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108010185.html
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        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

        Daihatsu Motor's net profit dives 65.8% on quake-induced sales drop

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Daihatsu Motor Co. said Monday its group net profit in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 plummeted 65.8 percent from a year earlier to 6.82 billion yen due to declines in production and sales stemming from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu036000c.html

        M'bishi Motors swings into black on brisk overseas sales in 1st qtr

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Monday it climbed back into the black in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 as strong overseas sales, especially in emerging economies, more than offset a double-digit fall in domestic sales caused in part by the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster......

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu037000c.html

        Toyota's China sales up sharply in July

        BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday that it sold 82,500 new vehicles in China in July, up 28.4 percent from the previous year.......

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu038000c.html

        Nissan develops system to supply power to homes via EVs

        YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday it has developed a system to supply electricity to ordinary households from batteries installed in its Leaf electric vehicle, showing that the car can serve as a power storage device at times of power outages......

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu099000c.html

        Toyota ups earnings outlook for FY 2011 despite quake

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday its group net profit for the April to June period fell sharply from a year earlier due to effects of the March earthquake, but raised its business outlook for the year through next March on a faster-than-expected production recovery.....

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu100000c.html

        Jazz pianist plays with local high school band to celebrate restart of disaster PA system

        OTSUCHI, Iwate -- Jazz pianist Makoto Ozone joined the brass band of a local high school in a performance on Aug. 1 to celebrate the restart of the town's disaster PA system, which had been offline since the March 11 tsunami.....

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na009000c.html

        ISS crewman Furukawa talks with students of tsunami-devastated school via transmission

        TAIWA, Miyagi -- Japanese astronaut and crewman aboard the International Space Station (ISS) Satoshi Furukawa, 47, spoke via a real time transmission with around 150 victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake at two venues, sending them a message of support......

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na014000c.html

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        Jiji press

        Toyota Revises Up FY 2011 Earnings Estimates

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Tuesday that it has revised up its group net profit projection for fiscal 2011 to 390 billion yen from 280 billion yen.......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080200576

        Nissan to Launch EV-to-Home Power Supply System

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Nissan Motor Co. <7201> said Tuesday it plans to introduce by the end of next March a system that can be used to supply homes with electricity from the rechargeable battery of its Leaf electric vehicle......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080200627

        Renesas Expects 40-B.-Yen Annual Net Loss

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Renesas Electronics Corp. <6723> said Tuesday that it now expects to suffer a group net loss of 40 billion yen in the year through next March, due to the negative effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080200825

        (Update) Toyota Revises Up FY 2011 Earnings Estimates

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Tuesday it has raised its group net profit projection for fiscal 2011 to 390 billion yen from 280 billion yen as its production is recovering rapidly from a slump that reflected disruptions in the parts supply chains caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080200841

        BOJ to Mull Easing to Tackle Yen's Rise

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--The Bank of Japan is to consider an additional monetary easing measure at its two-day Policy Board meeting from Thursday as the dollar briefly plunged to 76.29 yen in New York overnight, close to 76.25 yen set on March 17........

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080200144

        Japan in Touch with Overseas Authorities on Yen's Rise: Noda

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda suggested Tuesday that Japan is in touch with U.S. and European currency authorities about ways to cope with the yen's rapid appreciation against the dollar....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080200157

        (Update) Japan in Touch with Overseas Authorities on Yen Rise: Noda

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda suggested Tuesday that Japan is in touch with U.S. and European currency authorities following the yen's ongoing rapid appreciation.....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080200401

        Japan Women's Soccer Team to Receive People's Honor Award

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government decided Tuesday to present the People's Honor Award to the country's national soccer team for the historic championship in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany last month.......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080200426

        Japan Ministry to Seek More Funds to Remove Tsunami Sludge

        Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Environment Ministry plans to request tens of billions of yen more under the government's fiscal 2011 third supplementary budget to accelerate work to remove sludge in northeastern Japan coastal areas hit by tsunami caused by the March 11 earthquake, ministry officials said Tuesday......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080200657

        U.N. Chief Aims to Encourage Japan Disaster Victims

        New York, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said Monday he hopes to encourage people in northeastern Japan areas hit by the March 11 powerful earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear crisis during his three-day visit to Japan starting Sunday. ...

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080200688
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        Sankei news

        burnt gas tanks by 3/11 quake at Ichihara city, Chiba pref

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        • Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

          Aomori Nebuta Festival kicks off

          One of Japan's best-known summer events, the Aomori Nebuta Festival, kicked off on Tuesday in the disaster-hit Tohoku region.......
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          Wednesday, August 03, 2011 07:15 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_06.html

          Record 1.46 million households on welfare

          .....The ministry says the rising trend may continue as many people are applying for benefits in areas affected by the March disaster.

          Wednesday, August 03, 2011 08:43 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_09.html

          July sales of Toyota, Honda down in US

          Japanese automakers' new car sales in the United States dropped more than 20 percent in July from a year earlier, while South Korea's automakers enjoyed brisk sales......

          Wednesday, August 03, 2011 12:44 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_19.html

          Toyota to make record 8.9 mil. cars in 2012

          Toyota Motor says it will increase automobile production to a record 8.9 million units worldwide in 2012 to capture fast-growing demand in emerging Asian economies......

          Wednesday, August 03, 2011 14:46 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_25.html

          Kan calls for close cooperation between govt, BOJ

          ....Kan said Japan must boost its capabilities to better deal with risks at home and abroad as it recovers from the March disaster and seeks new ways of achieving economic growth.....

          Wednesday, August 03, 2011 17:22 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_30.html

          APEC participants visit disaster-hit Sendai firm

          Participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have visited a Japanese company that quickly recovered from the March disaster thanks to advanced disaster preparedness........
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          Wednesday, August 03, 2011 19:24 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_32.html

          Nippon Paper to trim workforce by 1,300

          The major Japanese paper producer, Nippon Paper Group, says it will cut its workforce by about 1,300 as part of the rehabilitation of its operations following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami......

          Wednesday, August 03, 2011 20:41 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_35.html
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          Yomiuri online

          Grateful coach sets sights on Olympics

          Nadeshiko Japan head coach Norio Sasaki heaped praise on his World Cup-winning players Tuesday after it was announced the team would receive the People's Honor Award for helping restore the nation's spirits after the March 11 disaster......

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110802005005.htm

          Nadeshiko's glory brightens quake-hit nation

          "Someday I want to be a Nadeshiko player," a girl soccer player said, encouraged with the government's formal decision to give the People's Honor Award to Nadeshiko Japan, the national women's soccer team......

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110802005759.htm

          People's Honor Award for Nadeshiko

          The government formally decided on Tuesday to give the People's Honor Award to Nadeshiko Japan, the national women's soccer team, in recognition of their winning the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany last month.....

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110802005066.htm
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          Asahi com

          BIZ BRIEF: AIU gives "Super Cool Biz" a Japanese slant

          AIU Insurance Co. will allow its employees to wear "yukata" and other traditional Japanese clothes to the office on Fridays in August. ......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108020264.html

          Toyota ekes out quarterly profit, raises forecast
          *THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

          Toyota eked out a 1.1 billion yen ($14 million) quarterly profit and raised its annual earnings forecast Aug. 2 as it mounts a comeback from the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.....

          Nissan Leaf EV system can power homes

          Nissan Motor Co. on Aug. 2 unveiled a system that allows home owners to use a Leaf electric vehicle as a back-up power supply......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108020253.html

          'Warm biz' campaign starts early ahead of power-saving winter

          Although the mercury is still climbing, retailers and the apparel industry are already touting "warm biz" clothes for winter......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108020257.html

          Survey: Makers to keep buying parts overseas, hollowing out of industry feared

          Forty-two percent of the manufacturers that switched to foreign suppliers after the March 11 earthquake plan to continue purchasing parts and materials from abroad, according to an industry ministry survey. .......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108020256.html

          Strong yen bites into manufacturers' profits

          The strong yen and damage from the March 11 earthquake slashed combined pretax profits at 472 companies by 19 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108020266.html

          Nadeshiko Japan to get People's Honor Award

          The Japan women's national soccer squad will be given the People's Honor Award, making it the first sporting team to collectively receive the award, the government announced Aug. 2......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108020242.html
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          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

          APEC meeting on companies' disaster preparedness begins in Sendai

          SENDAI (Kyodo) -- The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum began a meeting Tuesday to discuss companies' disaster preparedness in the Japanese city of Sendai, which was hit hard by the massive earthquake and tsunami in March.......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu027000c.html

          Renesas reports April-June sales plunge on March disaster

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Renesas Electronics Corp. said Tuesday its group sales in the April-June quarter plunged 29.0 percent from a year earlier to 207.23 billion yen as the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan disrupted its production.......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu035000c.html

          Sake shipments surge in 3 disaster-hit prefectures after promotional efforts

          Shipments of refined sake from the three disaster-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate boomed in May, apparently as a result of promotional events to help the areas recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...na008000c.html

          Free summer clothes bazaar held in tsunami-hit town

          OTSUCHI, Iwate -- A free bazaar focused around summer clothing was held here on Aug. 2, supplying tsunami victims with seasonally-appropriate wear......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na003000c.html

          Juvenile reform school students volunteer to help survivors of earthquake and tsunami

          SENDAI -- Students from juvenile reformatories in Miyagi Prefecture have launched volunteer work at welfare facilities for survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in a move that could help themselves get back into society.......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na016000c.html

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          Jiji press

          Toyota, Honda Suffer Big Falls in U.S. Auto Sales in July

          New York, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> and Honda Motor Co. <7267> continued to suffer major falls in their new vehicle sales in the United States in July due to inventory shortages stemming from output cuts following the March 11 disaster in Japan, industry data showed Tuesday......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080300118

          INTERVIEW: Toyota's Postquake Recovery "Amazing"

          Washington, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> recovery from supply chain disruptions following the March 11 catastrophe has been "amazing," a U.S. researcher has said in a written interview with Jiji Press.....

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080300388

          2 of 8 Japan Automakers Log Operating Losses in April-June

          Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Two of Japan's eight major automakers incurred group operating losses in April-June due to production halts caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the adverse impacts of the yen's appreciation, according to their earnings reports released by Wednesday.....

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080300830

          100 Singapore Student Ambassadors Arrive in Japan

          Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Some 100 Singapore university students arrived in Japan on Wednesday to visit the Tohoku northeastern region, which was badly hit by the March 11 disaster, under a goodwill ambassador program designed to help boost bilateral ties and entice tourists to the country.........

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080300212

          Japan's Kan Seeks Close Watch, Action on Yen's Sharp Rise

          Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan instructed his economic ministers Wednesday to consider action to cope with the yen's ongoing sharp appreciation while keeping a close watch on currency market developments.......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080300526

          (Update) Japan's Kan Seeks Close Watch, Action on Yen's Sharp Rise

          Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan instructed his economic ministers Wednesday to consider action to cope with the yen's ongoing sharp appreciation while keeping a close watch on currency market developments......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080300623

          Cigarette Smuggling into Japan Soars after March 11

          Narita, Chiba Pref., Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--The Narita branch of Tokyo Customs has confiscated 48,800 cigarettes so far this year, already an annual record, as smuggling soared after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, branch officials said Wednesday......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080300762

          APEC Vows to Protect Businesses from Disasters

          Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Asia-Pacific officials ended their two-day meeting here Wednesday agreeing to beef up regional cooperation to protect businesses from natural disasters.......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080300827
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            Japan intervenes in money market on surge of yen

            Japan's monetary authorities have begun intervening in the currency market in an attempt to apply the brakes on the yen's rapid surge.....

            Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:58 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_17.html

            Intervention lowers yen to 79 against dollar

            ....The intervention is the first in about 4 and half months, several days after the massive quake and tsunami of March 11......

            Thursday, August 04, 2011 12:55 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_21.html

            2m tsunami waves caused severe structural damage

            Japan's government has created a map of destruction by the March 11th tsunami showing that the severity of structural damage increased significantly in areas where waves exceeded a height of 2 meters......
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            Thursday, August 04, 2011 17:15 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_26.html

            Intervention lowers yen to 80 level against dollar

            ....Japan's intervention is the first in about 4 and half months, several days after the massive quake and tsunami of March 11.....

            Thursday, August 04, 2011 19:13 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_32.html
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            Yomiuri online

            Warming up, dressing down, saving power

            One month has passed since the government issued an order to limit electricity use. Corporations have been obliged to reduce usage to 15 percent below levels last summer.......
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            Asahi com

            Automakers, electric appliance manufacturers focus on batteries for houses

            Lingering concerns about power outages during natural disasters have changed the way automakers and electric appliance manufacturers are viewing their batteries.....

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108030274.html

            Families beating the summer heat with Showa Era ideas

            To save energy this summer, families such as Kanako Azuma's in Akiruno, about 50 kilometers west of central Tokyo, are going "back to the future" in their search for new ideas......

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108030255.html

            Nebuta festival carries hope for disaster-affected Tohoku

            AOMORI--The Aomori Nebuta Festival, one of the three major festivals in the disaster-affected Tohoku region, kicked off on Aug. 2, carrying people's hope for a quick return to normalcy in the region nearly five months after the Great East Japan Earthquake......

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108030257.html

            Depression, alcoholism take toll on lonely evacuees in disaster areas

            IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--An 86-year-old woman knows she has little chance of returning to the home where she had lived for more than 30 years.....

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108030263.html
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            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

            JAL secures net, operating profits in April-June

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan Airlines Corp. said Wednesday it secured group net and operating profits in the April to June period as restructuring efforts helped mitigate the adverse impact of the March earthquake.....

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu036000c.html

            Strong yen hurts Japan automakers' faster-than-expected recovery

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The persistent strength of the yen is proving a headache for top Japanese automakers as they attempt to make up for losses caused by the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu043000c.html

            Gov't, BOJ launch joint assault on rising yen

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government and central bank launched a joint assault Thursday on the persistently strong yen as volatility in the currency market casts a shadow over the nation's economic outlook, with struggling exporters calling for action by the authorities.....

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu044000c.html

            Dollar surges to near 80 yen in Tokyo on intervention, monetary easing

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. dollar staged a strong rebound to near 80 yen Thursday in Tokyo as the Japanese government and central bank took coordinated steps to weaken the yen, including the first market intervention in four-and-a-half months and monetary easing......

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu047000c.html

            Japan steps into currency market to stem yen's rise

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's monetary authorities intervened in the foreign exchange market Thursday in a bid to arrest the yen's appreciation against the U.S. dollar and help boost the flagging Japanese economy, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said........

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu048000c.html

            Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries may merge to increase competitiveness

            Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. will consider setting up a joint venture to merge their main businesses, such as infrastructure, to increase their competitiveness against their European and North American rivals in emerging economies such as those in Asia.......

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...na003000c.html

            Disaster-hit Fukushima students invited on homestays in Austria

            VIENNA (Kyodo) -- The Rotary Club of Austria has invited 21 high school students from Fukushima Prefecture affected by the March quake and tsunami disaster in Japan to spend some time in the country to help recover from the experience.......

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm008000c.html

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            Jiji press

            Tokyo Disney Resort Operator Swings into Loss

            Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Oriental Land Co. <4661>, the operator of Tokyo Disney Resort, said Thursday it logged a group net loss of 3,803 million yen in the April-June quarter against a profit of 6,216 million yen a year before......

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080400867

            Japan Intervenes into Market to Weaken Yen

            Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese authorities launched unilateral currency market intervention Thursday morning to weaken the yen, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said.....

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080400259

            BOJ to Announce Additional Monetary Easing Thurs.

            Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--The Bank of Japan will announce an additional monetary easing step Thursday, informed sources said.......

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080400267

            (Update) Japan Intervenes into Market to Weaken Yen

            Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese authorities conducted yen-selling currency market intervention Thursday morning to prevent the country's economy, which is recovering from the damage caused by the March 11 disaster, from being hurt by the sharp appreciation of the Japanese currency........

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080400386

            Project Starts in Miyagi Pref. to Help Revive Oyster Farming

            Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--A project to raise seed oysters has started in Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku northeastern Japan region with the aim of reviving the region's oyster farming, which was severely damaged by the March tsunami.........

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080400740

            Biz Executives Welcome Japan's Yen-Weakening Intervention

            Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Corporate executives express their support Thursday for Japan's foreign exchange market intervention to weaken the yen, which had approached a postwar high against the dollar......

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080400809

            Details of March Tsunami Damage on Buildings Unveiled

            Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--The percentage of buildings completely destroyed by the massive March 11 tsunami increased dramatically among those immersed in 2 meters or more of water, a Japanese land ministry survey revealed Thursday.....

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080401003
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            Akita city, Akita pref


            a supermarket reopens at Rikuzentakata city

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              Small Japanese firms taking part in China fair

              Small Japanese companies, including those based in regions affected by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, are taking part in a trade fair in the Chinese city of Shanghai......
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              Friday, August 05, 2011 00:21 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_01.html

              Tokyo stocks fall to low since mid-March

              Tokyo stocks have dropped to their lowest level since the March disaster, following an overnight plunge in New York.....

              Friday, August 05, 2011 16:56 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_24.html

              US vice president to visit Japan, China, Mongolia

              .....Biden is to arrive in Japan on August 22nd and meet Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Biden plans to tell Kan that the US will continue providing support for Japan's reconstruction efforts following the March 11th disaster.....

              Friday, August 05, 2011 16:18 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_20.html

              Key Japanese economic index rises for 3rd month

              Japan's government says a key index for the country's economy rose in June for a 3rd consecutive month......
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              Friday, August 05, 2011 17:36 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_25.html

              Disney Resort operator posts biggest sales drop

              The operator of the 2 Disney amusement parks in Japan says it posted its biggest quarterly sales decline because of the March 11th earthquake......
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              Friday, August 05, 2011 19:32 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_31.html
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              Yomiuri online

              Automakers losing ground overseas

              Japanese automakers are struggling in overseas markets, especially the United States and China, weighed down by reduced production after the March 11 disaster and the appreciation of the yen......
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              Flies overwhelming disaster victims / Feeding on tsunami debris, insects threaten to bring disease to survivors

              Hordes of flies continue to plague areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake, some of them threatening survivors with serious disease......

              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110804006125.htm

              IN THE NEWS / Man seeking help to reforest disaster-hit areas

              "My goal is to comfort the souls of earthquake victims and pray for Japan's recovery through reforestation," 66-year old Tadashi Inamoto said of his project to plant more than 20,000 trees in disaster-hit areas.....

              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110804005086.htm
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              Asahi com

              Japan intervenes to stem yen's rise against dollar
              *THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

              Japan intervened in the foreign currency market on Aug. 4 to stem the yen's rise against the dollar, which is threatening to undermine the country's recovery from the March earthquake and tsunami......

              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108040324.html

              Nippon Paper to ax 1,300 jobs

              Nippon Paper Group Inc. will cut 1,300 jobs from its paper division, a 15-percent reduction in the division's workforce, while slashing production capacity by the same figure, the company said Aug. 3.....

              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108040323.html
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              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

              Tokyo Disneyland operator remains in red in April-June amid disaster

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Disneyland operator Oriental Land Co. said Thursday it posted a consolidated net loss of 3.80 billion yen for the April to June quarter, remaining in the red for the second quarter in a row, as it closed the amusement park and other facilities for more than a month due to damage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu044000c.html

              Rakuten falls into red in 1st half of 2011

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. said Thursday it fell into the red in the January to June period with a group net loss of 41.35 billion yen, against a net profit of 17.15 billion yen a year earlier, as it posted an extraordinary loss of 81.38 billion yen on reconstructing its credit card business.......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu045000c.html

              Toyota Prius stays atop new car sales ranking for 2nd month

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius hybrid car was Japan's best-selling vehicle in July, clinching the top spot for the second straight month, as supply recovered from a temporary shortage resulting from the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster, industry groups said Thursday......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu048000c.html

              Japan logs 317 bil. yen trade deficit in first 20 days of July

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan registered a 317.43 billion yen trade deficit in the first 20 days of last month, affected by slower production following the March earthquake and tsunami, the Finance Ministry said Friday......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu049000c.html

              U.S. Vice President Biden to visit Japan on Aug. 22-24: Edano

              WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Japan on Aug. 22-24 and meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan to express steadfast U.S. support for Japan's efforts to rebuild following the March 11 earthquake and address its nuclear crisis, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Friday........

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm009000c.html

              1,040 paper cranes made by 96-year-old woman to honor tsunami victims displayed at festival

              SENDAI -- A local woman who says the devastation caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is far worse than the damage left by the firebombing of Sendai during World War II has made some 1,000 paper cranes in honor of the recent disaster's victims......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na015000c.html
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              Jiji press

              Many Big Japan Firms Raise Profit Estimates

              Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--About 10 pct of major Japanese companies have raised their group recurring profit forecasts for the year that ends in March 2012, a Jiji Press survey found Friday.........

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080500888

              Biden to Visit Japan Disaster-Hit Region

              Washington, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will start on Aug. 16 a tour of Japan, China and Mongolia, with a plan to visit a northeastern Japan region hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the White House said Thursday.......

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080500274

              Japan to Delay Deadline for FY 2012 Budget Requests by One Month

              Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Ministry of Finance decided Friday to push back the deadline for fiscal 2012 budget requests by government agencies by one month until the end of September.......

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080500422

              Japan Disaster-Linked Suicides Total 16 in June

              Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--The number of people who committed suicide in Japan for reasons related to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami totaled 16 in June, the Cabinet Office said Friday.....

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080500968

              Singapore Students Join Volunteer Work in Tsunami-Hit City

              Rikuzentakata, Iwate Pref., Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--Some 70 Singapore university students participated in volunteer activities on Friday in this northeastern Japan city devastated by the March 11......

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080500988

              Japan to Cover 2.5-T.-Yen Pension Shortfall with Disaster Bonds

              Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has decided to use special bonds to finance postdisaster reconstruction projects for covering 2.5 trillion yen it needs to secure in the public pension field, officials said Friday.....

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080600002
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                Summer festivals underway in Tohoku

                The summer Tanabata star festival is underway in Sendai, northeastern Japan......
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                Saturday, August 06, 2011 14:52 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_17.html
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                Yomiuri online

                Disaster strikes community ties / Local associations disband, go dormant as neighborhoods disperse

                Their members forced into temporary housing units or living in other prefectures, many neighborhood associations in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake have been dissolved or stopped functioning.....

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110805005867.htm
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                Asahi com

                Nikkei hits 5-month low, investors hold breath ahead of US jobs
                *REUTERS

                TOKYO-- Japanese stocks on Friday tumbled to their lowest since the post-quake rout in March as investors ran for exits after the worsening financial crisis in Europe compounded anxiety over a weak U.S. economy that has come close to stalling......

                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108050294.html

                Tokyo Disney Resort operator suffers 1st loss in 1st quarter

                Fewer visitors to the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, following the March 11 disaster resulted in an operating loss of 3 billion yen ($37.56 million) during the April-June period for Oriental Land Co., the operator of the theme park.......

                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108050348.html

                U.S. VP Biden to visit China, Japan, Mongolia
                *REUTERS

                WASHINGTON-- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to China later this month to help strengthen U.S. ties with Beijing in a trip that will also include stops in Japan and Mongolia, the White House said on Thursday.....

                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108050277.html

                Office workers get in the mood ... with 'yukata'

                AIU Insurance Co. is blazing a trail that would have been unthinkable not so long ago in terms of the government's 'Super Cool Biz' energy saving campaign......

                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108050285.html

                Canada and Fiji offer education to disaster victims

                Canada and Fiji have set up programs to give young victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake the chance to study abroad......

                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108050286.html

                Tax hikes for rebuilding likely to increase

                Higher taxes are in the cards following the government's decision to increase the value of post-quake reconstruction bonds by 2.5 trillion yen ($31.30 billion)......

                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108050291.html
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                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                Listed firms expect 26% rise in earnings in 2nd half of FY 2011

                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Listed nonfinancial companies in Japan are expecting a steep rebound in earnings in the second half of fiscal 2011 as supply chains of industrial products will recover from disruptions following the March 11 disaster and reconstruction work will stimulate demand, Mizuho Securities Co. said Friday......

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu080000c.html

                Japan's key economic index marks record gain in June

                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's index of leading economic indicators, which shows how the economy is likely to perform in coming months, marked a record rise for the second consecutive month in June, adding to signs that the nation's economy is on a recovery track after the devastating March earthquake and tsunami, a government report showed Friday......

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu087000c.html

                Disaster-related suicides reach 16 in June; 80% over 50

                Suicides in June due solely to the March 11 megaquake and tsunami reached 16, with those aged 50 and over topping 80 percent of the total, the Cabinet Office revealed on Aug. 5 in the first release of disaster-related suicide statistics......

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na013000c.html

                After-effects of quake, tsunami, nuclear crisis hobble job market in disaster-hit areas

                The after-effects of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and ensuing Fukushima nuclear crisis have cast a shadow over job opportunities for graduating students in the disaster-hit areas......

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na019000c.html

                March disaster denies 427 graduates job offers, delays hiring of 2,472 others

                Some 126 companies have revoked job offers to a total of 427 new high school and university graduates in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said on Aug. 5......

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na020000c.html
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                Japan to Study Public-Private Partnerships for Reconstruction

                Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese infrastructure ministry plans to study the feasibility of public-private partnerships in projects to rebuild areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, officials said Saturday.....

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080600319

                Japan Eyes Discretionary Money for Disaster-Hit Municipalities

                Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Reconstruction Minister Tatsuo Hirano revealed Saturday that the Japanese government is studying ways to provide disaster-hit municipalities with money they can use at their discretion.......

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080600376
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                Summer festivals at Sendai city

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                  Yomiuri online

                  Helping nurses help more / How does the govt envisage expanding nurses' role in health care?

                  Q: Are there special nurse systems in other countries?

                  A: Some advanced nations, including the United States, have introduced a system of national practitioners (NPs). NPs are nurses who are allowed to perform examinations, make diagnoses and prescribe drugs, among other things.

                  Amid the shortage of doctors after the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, Japanese who have been certified as NPs in the United States visited the stricken areas to treat people......

                  http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110802004267.htm

                  16 disaster-related suicides recognized in June

                  Sixteen people committed suicide in June due to problems triggered by the March 11 disaster, according to the Cabinet Office in its first-ever release of such data.....

                  http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110806003055.htm

                  Ray of light in debris cleanup / Wreckage in residential areas in 3 prefs should be gone this month

                  The mounds of debris the March 11 disaster dumped in residential areas and near temporary shelters are expected to be completely removed this month, an Environment Ministry survey has found.......
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                  World Bank to tell how Japan mitigated quake damage

                  The World Bank will serve as an "ambassador" to help developing countries understand how Japan minimized damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake, an official in charge of disaster prevention strategies said.....

                  http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108060204.html
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                  Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                  Post-tsunami Iwate fishing industry faces uncertain future

                  OTSUCHI, Iwate -- Fishermen, around a dozen of them, silently set to work with scissors, cutting scallop farm nets from a mass of metal wires -- just one small part of the awesome damage inflicted on this port town by the March 11 tsunami......

                  http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na007000c.html

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                    Minus growth expected for 3rd quarter in Japan

                    Private research firms expect Japan's gross domestic product for the April-to-June period to shrink for a 3rd consecutive quarter.......
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                    Monday, August 08, 2011 06:09 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_01.html

                    Mid-term review of tsunami warning system released

                    Japan's Meteorological Agency has unveiled an interim report on the country's tsunami warning system, based on information learned in the March 11th disaster....
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                    Monday, August 08, 2011 23:47 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_31.html
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                    Yomiuri online

                    Many Kesennuma evacuees fled tsunami by car

                    KESENNUMA, Miyagi--Despite authorities' advice to escape on foot, about half of this city's residents fled by car when the March 11 disaster occurred, a recent survey has found....

                    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110807002350.htm

                    The trauma of disaster victims / Jobs, consultation services needed to assuage bleak future of survivors

                    Anxiety over a jobless future, fears of being a burden--these apparently are major reasons why some people in disaster-stricken areas decided to put an end to it all by committing suicide.....

                    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110807002247.htm
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                    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                    Japan's current account surplus down 50.2&#37; in June

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's current account surplus fell 50.2 percent in June from a year earlier to 526.9 billion yen, the government said Monday......

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu032000c.html

                    Dollar falls to upper 77 yen as G-7 fails to reverse downtrend

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. dollar fell to the upper 77 yen level Monday in Tokyo following Standard & Poor's downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, with the Group of Seven countries' commitment to seek stability in financial markets failing to reverse the dollar's downtrend.....

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu033000c.html

                    July business failures rise for 3rd month in row due to quake

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The number of corporate failures in July increased 1.4 percent from a year earlier to 1,081 with many firms still being forced into bankruptcy due to the effects of the March earthquake and tsunami, a credit research agency said Monday.....

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu087000c.html

                    'Economy watcher' sentiment improves for 4th month in July

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Business sentiment among people with jobs sensitive to domestic economic conditions improved for the fourth straight month in July, adding to signs that the Japanese economy has been recovering following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government said Monday......

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu090000c.html

                    Emperor, empress visit quake evacuees in Tokyo

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a public housing complex in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward on Monday to encourage those who have evacuated from Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear emergency......

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm083000c.html
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                    Jiji press

                    INTERVIEW: Murata to Make Products at Multiple Bases

                    Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese electronics component maker Murata Manufacturing Co. <6981> plans to make the same products in more than one place to hedge the risk of supply chain disruptions, company President Tsuneo Murata said in a recent interview......

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080800562

                    Major Japan Brewers Log 1st-Half Operating Profit Growth

                    Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--All of Japan's four major brewers scored year-on-year growth in group operating profit in the January-June first half thanks to substantial declines in advertising spending......

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080800716

                    Kirin to Launch Nonalcoholic Beer-Like Drink in U.S. in Sept.

                    Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--Kirin Brewery Co. said Monday that it will start to sell its Free beer-flavored beverage with zero alcoholic content on a trial basis in the U.S. West Coast including Los Angeles in late September....

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080800815

                    Sekisui to Sell House with Fuel, Solar, Storage Cells

                    Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--Sekisui House Ltd. <1928> said Monday that it will launch in Japan a house with an electricity supply system that uses fuel cells, solar panels and storage batteries.....

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011080800889

                    METI to Set Up Fund with Pref. for Double Loan Problem

                    Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Monday it will set up a fund with the government of disaster-hit Iwate Prefecture to help firms tackle the "double loan" problem.....

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080800937

                    Japan to Mull Backup of Tokyo's Capital Functions

                    Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will consider having a backup of Tokyo's capital functions to prepare for possible terrorist attacks or large-scale natural disasters like the one that hit northeastern Japan in March....

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080800292
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                    Emperor, empress visit


                    the forest was damaged by seawater at Rikuzentakata city

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                      Bankruptcies rise in Japan

                      Corporate failures in Japan increased in July from a year ago, largely due to a reduction in public projects hitting construction firms.......

                      Tuesday, August 09, 2011 03:53 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/09_01.html

                      Japan disaster survivor wins soroban contest event

                      A survivor of the March 11th disaster in eastern Japan has won a calculation event in a national contest for use of the soroban, or Japanese abacus.......

                      Tuesday, August 09, 2011 15:21 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/09_27.html
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                      Yomiuri online

                      120,000 bldgs destroyed by tsunami

                      The March 11 tsunami destroyed about 120,000 buildings in six prefectures in the Tohoku and Kanto regions, a government survey shows......

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110808002550.htm
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                      Asahi com

                      Intervention, easing impact fading as Nikkei plummets
                      *REUTERS

                      Japan's Nikkei stock benchmark tumbled on Aug. 8 to its lowest since the immediate aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, hit by sharp falls in the U.S. market as worries over the global economy dominated the mood, offseting a boost from Japan's currency intervention and monetary easing the previous day......

                      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108080287.html

                      Bank of Japan pumps yen into money market

                      The Bank of Japan allowed 4.8 trillion yen ($61.5 billion) to flood the money market on Aug. 8 in an attempt to suppress the value of the yen and provide extra liquidity amid rising concerns about the effect on the global economy of the U.S. and European debt crises......

                      Karuta reader from quake-hit area gets 2nd place in competition

                      FUKUSHIMA--Rina Okabe was determined to enter the karuta reading segment of the all-important 35th All Japan High School Cultural Festival but was so distracted by the March 11 disaster that she had to start from scratch in preparing for it......

                      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108080268.html

                      Evacuees prepare for Bon festival

                      MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--People displaced by the Great East Japan Earthquake prepared for Bon, Japan's traditional festival of the dead, on Aug. 7 by burning pine roots in front of temporary homes in the grounds of the Greenpia Sanriku Miyako hotel......

                      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108080270.html

                      Sendai festival-goers remember quake dead

                      SENDAI--Hundreds of thousands of people visited the quake-hit city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, over the weekend for the Sendai Tanabata Festival, one of the most famous festivals in Japan......
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                      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                      Bridgestone half-year group net profit up 22&#37;

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Bridgestone Corp. said Monday its group net profit in the January-June period increased 21.6 percent from a year earlier to 54.12 billion yen on brisk sales of tires, its mainline product, both in Japan and overseas.......

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu052000c.html

                      Gov't needs to study economic stimulus to fight yen's surge: Noda

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government needs to study additional measures to boost Japan's economic growth by overcoming the negative impact from the recent sharp rise of the yen in the currency market, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday......

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu055000c.html

                      Intervention effects fade, credit negative for Japan economy: Moody's

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Moody's Investors Service said Monday the impact of Japan's currency market intervention last Thursday to weaken the yen was limited, so the recovery of the export-led Japanese economy from the March earthquake remains threatened by a strong yen.....

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu057000c.html

                      Gov't to upgrade economic view amid signs of recovery from disaster

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government is set to upwardly revise its basic assessment on Japan's economic conditions, encouraged by recovery in production and exports from a significant slowdown in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami, officials said Monday.....

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu058000c.html

                      Dollar slides to lower 77 yen level after falls in global stocks

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. dollar fell to the lower 77 yen range Tuesday in Tokyo as a U.S. credit rating downgrade and subsequent sharp falls in global stocks prompted investors to seek the perceived safety of the yen......

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu061000c.html
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                      Jiji press

                      Japan Govt to Upgrade Basic Economic View

                      Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to upgrade its basic assessment in its monthly economic report for August, informed sources said Tuesday......

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080900135

                      FEATURE: Singapore Youngsters Discover Allure of Tohoku

                      Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Although Tohoku is recognized around the world as the area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, some 100 Singapore students discovered different sides to the northeastern Japan region during a six-day stay in the country through Monday......

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080900482

                      Japan's Population Shrinks in FY 2010: Ministry Data

                      Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan's population decreased 827,235 from a year earlier to 126,230,625 as of the end of fiscal 2010, registering a fall for the second straight year, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Tuesday......

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080900696

                      Japan White Paper Lauds Twitter's Role in Disaster Areas

                      Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Social media such as the microblogging service Twitter played a role in supporting people in Japan's disaster areas soon after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government said in a white paper on Tuesday....

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011080900997

                      3rd Extra Budget Should Address Strong Yen: Yosano

                      Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government should include additional economic stimulus measures including those to deal with the yen's rise in a third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011, Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Kaoru Yosano said Tuesday.....

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081000014
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                      under the sea, Miyagi pref


                      new breakwater rises by seawater pressure


                      volunteer high school students


                      temporary flower shop at Rikuzentakata city, Iwate pref

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                      • Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                        Fed to keep low rates until mid-2013

                        ....This marks a change from previous statements when the Fed predicted the slowing economy was due to temporary disruptions in the supply chain following the March 11th disaster in Japan......

                        Wednesday, August 10, 2011 06:14 +0900 (JST)
                        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_07.html

                        Clinton meets youths from disaster-hit areas

                        A group of Japanese students from areas hard-hit by the March disaster that is visiting the United States has met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton......
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                        NASA: Japan tsunami broke Antarctic ice

                        US researchers say the tsunami generated by Japan's March 11th earthquake broke off chunks of an iceberg in Antarctica about 13,000 kilometers away......

                        Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:47 +0900 (JST)
                        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_11.html

                        Govt revises upward economic assessment

                        The Japanese government has revised upward its economic assessment for the first time in 2 months, citing a recovery in corporate production......

                        Wednesday, August 10, 2011 21:49 +0900 (JST)
                        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_28.html

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                        Yomiuri online

                        Tourists trickling back to Tohoku / Some areas see signs of recovery, others still suffering as visitors stay away

                        MORIOKA--Some tourist spots in three prefectures in the Tohoku region hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have seen a rebound in visitor numbers, but others are facing desperate times as tourists stay away.....
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                        Sekisui House to market battery-powered home

                        In a rush to tap into a super-charged market, major home builder Sekisui House Ltd. will market a house equipped with solar batteries, fuel cells and a storage battery earlier than expected, company officials said on Aug. 8.....

                        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108090282.html

                        Young ambassadors from disaster area to visit Geneva

                        Fittingly, one of this year's "High School Student Ambassadors of Peace" selected by a citizens's group in Nagasaki is a survivor from disaster-stricken Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake......

                        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108090266.html

                        Japan revises tsunami warnings to drive home urgency

                        To better convey a sense of alarm and urgency to evacuate, the Japan Meteorological Agency will issue "an enormous tsunami will likely follow" warning after earthquakes that measure greater than magnitude 8.0....

                        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108090268.html
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                        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                        Economists voice concerns about Japan's economic outlook

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Economists voiced concerns Tuesday about Japan's economic outlook amid global stock plunges and the yen's appreciation following Standard & Poor's downgrading of United States debt a notch from its AAA credit rating..........

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu040000c.html

                        Gov't closely consulting with other countries over yen's rise: Noda

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan is carefully monitoring development in the currency market and consulting closely with other countries, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday......

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu041000c.html

                        Tokyo stocks rebound on news of Fed interest rate pledge
                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu046000c.html

                        Strong yen hits small factories, threatens to undermine Japan's technology

                        As the yen is almost at record-high levels against the U.S. dollar, rising to the lower 77 yen range on Aug. 9 against a postwar high of 76.25 yen in March, small factories in Tokyo and elsewhere are struggling frantically to deal with the exchange rate due to their heavy dependence on exports.......

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...na010000c.html

                        Majority of Japanese companies feel economy is recovering: Mainichi survey

                        Over half of the heads of major Japanese companies surveyed by the Mainichi Shimbun feel that the economy is on track to recovery.......

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...na014000c.html

                        Japan's population down for 2nd straight year on register basis

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's population fell during the year to March 31 for the second straight year of decline on a basic resident register basis, the government said Tuesday.....

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm001000c.html

                        Clinton cheers Japanese youths from quake-hit areas

                        WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday encouraged young Japanese baseball and softball players from disaster-hit northeastern Japan under the department's bilateral sports exchange program.....

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm005000c.html

                        Japan's key bond-issuance bill to be enacted by end of Aug.

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A bill to enable the Japanese government to issue debt-covering bonds in fiscal 2011 will be enacted by the end of this month, increasing the likelihood that Prime Minister Naoto Kan will step down in the foreseeable future, lawmakers said Tuesday......

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm021000c.html

                        Families of children killed in tsunami sue kindergarten for 266.8 million yen

                        SENDAI -- The bereaved families of four kindergarteners killed by the March 11 tsunami have filed suit against the kindergarten accusing it of failing to fulfill its duty to protect the children, and demanding 266.8 million yen in compensation......

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na012000c.html
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                        Jiji press

                        Dentsu Operating Profit Down 39 Pct in April-June

                        Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--Leading Japanese ad agency Dentsu Inc. <4324> said Wednesday its group operating profit in April-June dropped 39.6 pct from a year before to 4,227 million yen, mainly because companies refrained from advertising after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011081000758

                        Nikon Ups FY 2011 Earnings Estimates

                        Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--Nikon Corp. <7731> said Wednesday it has raised its earnings forecasts for the year ending next March on the back of an earlier-than-expected recovery from supply-chain disruptions triggered by the March 11 disaster......

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011081000889

                        Clinton Encourages Disaster-Hit Japanese Students

                        Washington, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton invited a group of students from disaster-hit areas in northeastern Japan to the State Department Tuesday to give words of encouragement.....

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081000330

                        87,000 Still Living as Evacuees 5 Months after Disaster

                        Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--The total number of those dead or missing in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami stands at more than 20,000, while some 87,000 people are still living as evacuees in many parts of Japan, five months after the disaster, according to data available as of Wednesday.....

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081000933

                        Japan to Ease Chinese Tourist Visa Rules Further

                        Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that on Sept. 1 it will further relax requirements for the issuance of Chinese individual tourist visas....

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081000943 why only Chinese? we need all Tourist

                        Disaster-Caused Job Losses Could Top 90,000: Report

                        Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--Job losses in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami could exceed 90,000 in a year, Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. said Wednesday.....

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081001008

                        Govt Wants 600 B. Yen from JT Share Sale

                        Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--The government plans to raise about 600 billion yen by selling its shareholdings in Japan Tobacco Inc. <2914> to cut temporary tax hikes for financing postdisaster reconstruction projects, sources said Wednesday.....

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081001018
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                        Miyagi prefectural police searches

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                          Economic outlook made downward due to 3/11

                          The Japanese government is set to downgrade its economic growth forecast for fiscal 2011 to 0.5 percent, down one percentage point from its previous estimate.....

                          Thursday, August 11, 2011 01:57 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/11_02.html

                          5 months after March 11th disaster

                          Thursday marks exactly 5 months since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.......

                          Thursday, August 11, 2011 09:23 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/11_12.html

                          Machinery orders in June rise for 2nd month

                          Machinery orders in June jumped 7.7 percent from the previous month, marking the 2nd straight month of increase as orders resumed in many industries.....

                          Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:41 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/11_20.html

                          Kesennuma marks 5 months since tsunami

                          Flower altars were set up across Kesennuma City, Miyagi prefecture on Thursday, exactly 5 months after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami......
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                          Thursday, August 11, 2011 13:45 +0900 (JST)
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                          Japan's food self-sufficiency rate drops below 40&#37;

                          Japan's food self-sufficiency rate in the last fiscal year through March dropped below 40 percent for the first time in 4 years. It marked the second straight year of decrease.....
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                          Thursday, August 11, 2011 15:25 +0900 (JST)
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                          Yomiuri online

                          Parents sue kindergarten / Allege response to earthquake, tsunami caused children's deaths

                          SENDAI--On March 11, a school bus belonging to Hiyori Kindergarten, a private school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, was overwhelmed by the tsunami. A total of five children aged 4 to 6 years old died.....
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                          Asahi com

                          Tax hikes looming as focus of DPJ presidential poll

                          Ruling party lawmakers are stepping up moves to replace Prime Minister Naoto Kan and take over a country still reeling from the March 11 disaster and now struggling with financial and political turmoil.......

                          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108100276.html

                          Conductor leads student orchestra in quake-hit area

                          KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--When Maestro Yutaka Sado assembled a "Superkids Orchestra" to pay homage to victims of the March 11 disaster, he chose a spot much beloved by residents of this quake-ravaged area: a pine forest on Nehama Beach......

                          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108100280.html
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                          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                          Japan's machinery orders up 7.7% in June, 2nd straight month of rise

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's core private-sector machinery orders in June grew a seasonally adjusted 7.7 percent from the previous month for the second straight month of rise, underscoring that the March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami did not dampen companies' appetites for capital investment, the Cabinet Office said Thursday.......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu039000c.html

                          Japan upgrades economic assessment on recovering production

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government on Wednesday upwardly revised its monthly assessment of the Japanese economy, citing a recovery in production and exports after a significant downturn following the March earthquake and tsunami, but it also warned of signs of a slowdown in overseas economies.......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu040000c.html

                          Dollar nears postwar record low vs. yen in volatile Tokyo trade

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. dollar fell to within a whisker of its postwar record low against the yen Thursday in Tokyo amid concerns over the course of the U.S. economy, while caution about possible yen-selling intervention helped keep the dollar's slide in check......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu042000c.html

                          Big Japan firms to boost capital spending in Japan, abroad

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Major Japanese companies are planning to boost capital spending both at home and abroad in fiscal 2011 in the wake of the March 11 disaster that has stimulated demand for reconstruction work in Japan and added fuel to the relocation of production facilities to other countries, the Development Bank of Japan said Thursday....

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu061000c.html

                          Kan's U.S. trip in early Sept. unlikely as resignation looms

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan's visit to the United States in early September will be cancelled given the increasing likelihood that he will announce his resignation by the end of this month, government sources said Wednesday.......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm003000c.html

                          LDP head denies possibility of grand coalition even after Kan leaves

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The leader of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of forming a grand coalition with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan even after Prime Minister Naoto Kan steps down.......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm004000c.html

                          March 11 tsunami snapped off central Tokyo-sized pieces of Antarctic ice shelf

                          As yet more proof of the destructive power of the tsunami triggered by March 11's earthquake, satellite images have confirmed the waves reached even distant Antarctica, breaking off slabs of ice the size of central Tokyo.....

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na002000c.html

                          Last evacuees in Iwate city moving from shelters to temporary housing

                          RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- Mixed feelings were in the air as the last people in evacuation shelters here moved into temporary housing units ahead of the shelters' closure.....

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na014000c.html

                          Tire retailer starts over after losing shop, house and mother to tsunami

                          OFUNATO, Iwate -- A tire retailer here restarted his business and his life from scratch late last month after he lost his shop, home and mother to massive tsunami triggered by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake....

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na016000c.html

                          Life at evacuation shelter no longer tolerable for Miyagi woman who survived tsunami

                          ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- Even five months after the March 11 disasters, many survivors are still unable to move out of temporary evacuation shelters......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na018000c.html

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                          Jiji press

                          Tokyo-Area New Condo Supply Down 1.3 Pct in July

                          Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--The number of condominiums put up for sale in the greater Tokyo area in July fell 1.3 pct from a year before to 4,073 units, the Real Estate Economic Institute said Thursday......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011081100624

                          Japan Govt to Cut FY 2011 GDP Forecast to 0.5 Pct

                          Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government plans to cut its real gross domestic product forecast for fiscal 2011 to 0.5 pct from the current 1.5 pct, Cabinet Office sources said Thursday........

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081100395

                          Japan's Food Self-Sufficiency Hits 17-Year Low

                          Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan's food self-sufficiency rate hit a 17-year low in fiscal 2010 that ended in March due to bad weather, the farm ministry said Thursday.....

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081100478

                          57,000 Local Govt Workers Dispatched to Disaster Areas

                          Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--Nearly 57,000 local government employees across Japan were sent to support areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in a period of more than three months after the catastrophe, an internal ministry survey revealed Thursday.......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081100731

                          Economists See 2.8 Pct Japan GDP Fall for April-June

                          Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--Economists believe that Japan's real gross domestic product shrank at an annual rate of 2.80 pct in April-June in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a survey showed on Thursday......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081100871

                          Tohoku Region Commemorates Victims 5 Months after Disaster

                          Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)--Events to remember victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami were held across the Tohoku region, northeastern Japan, on Thursday, marking five months since the disaster......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081100990
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                          • Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                            22:31 JST 11 Aug 2011 38.4N 142.3E 20 km M5.3 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                              Moment of silence at retirement home in Miyagi

                              A moment of silence was observed at a retirement home in northeastern Japan on Thursday to mark the 5-month anniversary of the March 11th disaster.......
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                              Friday, August 12, 2011 02:06 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/12_01.html

                              2,400 lanterns lit for disaster victims

                              About 2,400 lanterns were lit in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Thursday night to pray for the victims of the March 11th disaster......
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                              Friday, August 12, 2011 02:06 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/12_02.html

                              Nearly 57,000 officials sent to disaster-hit areas

                              Nearly 57,000 local government officials from around Japan have been sent to disaster-hit areas to help out in recovery and rebuilding efforts since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami......

                              Friday, August 12, 2011 11:04 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/12_14.html

                              Economic outlook revised downward over disaster

                              The Japanese government has downgraded its economic growth forecast for fiscal 2011 to 0.5 percent, down one percentage point from its previous estimate.....

                              Friday, August 12, 2011 11:04 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/12_16.html
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                              Yomiuri online

                              YOMIURI SHIMBUN PROPOSAL / Deep rift forms over disaster measures / Kan administration's slow response prevents local authorities from making recovery plans

                              The failure of Prime Minister Naoto Kan's administration to properly aid areas struck by the March 11 disaster has caused a deep rift between the national government and affected municipalities.....
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                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110811006302.htm

                              Sunflowers blooming in debris inspire

                              ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi--Large sunflowers are blooming among debris in the quake-hit area of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, inspiring a woman who lost her house and a longtime friend in the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake.......

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110811005174.htm

                              Tohoku eyes mass relocations / Central govt funds lacking, but 26 coastal municipalities want to move

                              Twenty-six out of of 37 municipalities in coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures are considering large-scale residential relocations to higher or inland ground, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey......

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110811006562.htm

                              YOMIURI SHIMBUN PROPOSAL / Reconstruction blueprint / Yomiuri plan sets goals for Japan's next administration

                              Alarmed by the slow progress of recovery from the March 11 disaster, The Yomiuri Shimbun has put together a five-point proposal that includes the need to form a new government that can facilitate cross-party cooperation in post-disaster restoration efforts......
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                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110811006314.htm

                              Monument built 5 months after disaster

                              SHICHIGAHAMAMACHI, Miyagi--Volunteers completed a monument Thursday built of driftwood and parts of trees felled by the March 11 tsunami in a bid to pass along lessons learned from the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake to future generations.......

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110811006558.htm
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                              Asahi com

                              Japan improves earthquake emergency alert system

                              The Japan Meteorological Agency announced starting Aug. 11 that it will implement improvements to boost the accuracy of its emergency earthquake alert system, which notifies the public beforehand of major tremors.......

                              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108110237.html
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                              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                              Food self-sufficiency rate slips below 40% for 1st time in 4 yrs

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's food self-sufficiency rate on a calorific intake basis slipped to 39 percent in fiscal 2010, down one percentage point from a year earlier, dropping beneath the 40 percent line for the first time in four years, the farm ministry said Thursday......

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm004000c.html

                              Law for speeding up clearing debris in tsunami-hit areas enacted

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Legislation enabling the central government to remove and dispose of debris from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster on behalf of afflicted municipalities at their request was enacted in parliament Friday, a measure that local authorities have repeatedly called for......

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm024000c.html

                              Police investigate fake doctor in quake-hit Ishinomaki

                              SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Police said Friday they have begun an investigation of a man who provided health care services without a proper license in Ishinomaki after the northeastern Japan city was hit by the March earthquake and tsunami.......

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm090000c.html

                              Fears of major quake in capital rise after Great East Japan Earthquake

                              Over five months after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, active faults running though the Tokyo metropolitan area and other districts remain capable of producing another devastating earthquake at any time. Of particular concern to earthquake analysts is the threat of a quake under the capital that could be stronger than the magnitude 7.3 Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995......

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na008000c.html

                              Search for missing schoolchildren continues 5 months after quake-triggered tsunami

                              ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- Police officers are combing through rubble and mud under the scorching heat around an elementary school here in a desperate search for schoolchildren and other local residents missing since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na012000c.html

                              Over 110 schoolchildren die or go missing in tsunami after being picked up by parents

                              At least 115 children from 33 schools died or went missing after being picked up by their parents or guardians shortly before the March 11 tsunami, the Mainichi has learned......

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na013000c.html
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                              Jiji press

                              Japan Cigarette Sales Up for 1st Time in 10 Months

                              Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--Cigarette sales in Japan in July increased 0.2 pct from a year before to 20 billion pieces, the first rise since September 2010, when there was a surge in demand before a tax hike, an industry group said Friday........

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011081200729

                              3 Disaster-Hit Regional Banks Perform Poorly in April-June

                              Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--Three of the eight regional banks in the three northeastern Japan prefectures hit hardest by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami performed poorly in April-June, their latest earnings data show.......

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011081200819

                              Japan Projects Fiscal 2020 Primary Budget Deficit at Max 18 T. Yen

                              Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--The primary budget deficit of Japan's central and local governments is expected to reach up to 18.3 trillion yen in fiscal 2020 even if the consumption tax is raised to 10 pct by fiscal 2015 from the current 5 pct, the Cabinet Office said Friday.......

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081200178

                              Japan Vows to Limit New Debt Issuance to 44 T. Yen

                              Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government pledged Friday to limit its new debt issuance to some 44 trillion yen in fiscal 2012 that begins next April.....

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081200179

                              Disaster-Hit Fishermen Set Up Seafood-Processing Firm

                              Ishinomaki, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--A group of fishery industry people in the Ogatsu district of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture have jointly established a seafood-processing company as they look to recover from the March 11 disaster that devastated Miyagi and other parts of northeastern Japan......

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081200600
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                              a shelter closing at Rikuzentakata city
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                                LA Japanese community celebrates Tanabata festival

                                The Tanabata star festival has begun in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo, a Japanese American district in the US state of California.......

                                Saturday, August 13, 2011 14:50 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/13_21.html

                                Noda seeks grand coalition if elected as next PM

                                Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda has expressed his intention to seek a grand coalition government if he is elected as the nation's next leader......

                                Saturday, August 13, 2011 16:13 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/13_22.html

                                Mabuchi: Grand coalition not easy

                                Japan's former land minister says it will not be easy to achieve the finance minister's goal of a grand coalition with the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party and its smaller ally the New Komeito.......

                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 02:16 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/13_27.html

                                Holiday rush on overseas flights

                                The holiday rush has begun at major airports around the country, as vacationers head overseas......

                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 03:12 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_06.html

                                Grand coalition at issue for DPJ election

                                The upcoming presidential election of Japan's governing Democratic Party is likely to focus on whether to seek a grand coalition with opposition parties......

                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 06:01 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_05.html

                                Bon Holiday in disaster-hit area

                                The four-day Bon period began in Japan on Saturday, during which Buddhists honor the spirits of their ancestors and deceased family members......
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                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 06:01 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_10.html

                                Japan considers comprehensive economic package

                                Faced with the yen's record high levels against other currencies, the Japanese government and governing coalition are considering a comprehensive economic package to be included in a 3rd supplementary budget.....

                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 09:02 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_13.html

                                Lawyers provide free consultation to evacuees

                                A group of lawyers in Tokyo is providing free telephone consultations to people who were forced to evacuate from their home towns after the March 11th disaster.....

                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 14:54 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_18.html

                                Lost items displayed in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki

                                People returning home for the Buddhist Bon holidays are looking for their families' belongings in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture......

                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 16:59 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_20.html

                                re:Lost items displayed in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki

                                People returning home for the Buddhist Bon holidays are looking for their families' belongings in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.....
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                                Sunday, August 14, 2011 22:51 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_22.html
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                                Yomiuri online

                                Evacuees slow to leave shelters

                                SENDAI--Five months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, a number of evacuees remain reluctant to move into temporary housing units, leaving some municipal governments unable to close evacuation centers in Miyagi Prefecture.....
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                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110812004937.htm

                                Disaster victims honor souls on Bon

                                People from areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami gathered to offer flowers and pray before tombstones on Saturday, the first day of the Bon Festival....

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110813002990.htm

                                Disaster areas need more staff

                                Of 37 coastal municipalities damaged by tsunami in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures on March 11, nearly 40 percent have not received enough backup staff from other municipalities around the country, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned......

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110813002524.htm

                                Team to bore into tectonic plates

                                An international research team will use the deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu to bore into an area where two tectonic plates meet to study the movements of the plates that caused the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to sources.....

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110813002881.htm
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                                Asahi com

                                BIZ BRIEF: Orix to use solar power to reduce electric bills

                                Orix Electric Power announced Aug. 12 that it will begin a new service to reduce electricity costs by combining its bulk electric purchasing service with a solar power system.....

                                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108120258.html

                                Government cuts growth forecast to 0.5 percent

                                Japan slashed its projection for economic growth in fiscal 2011 on Aug. 12 because of declines in production and consumption following the Great East Japan Earthquake.....

                                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108120320.html

                                Tsunami survivors have heavy hearts on eve of obon

                                Buddhist priest Honen Tanno in Sendai's Wakabayashi Ward is reading a sutra in the stifling hot August air while standing in a pine forest on the beach.....

                                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108120239.html

                                Quake survivors show their moves in Awa Odori dance festival

                                TOKUSHIMA--A traditional Awa Odori folk dance festival opened Aug. 12 in Tokushima featuring a dance troupe from disaster-hit Sendai.....
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                                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108130250.html
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                                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                                Japan's June industrial output rise slightly revised down to 3.8%

                                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's industrial output grew a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in June from the previous month, revised slightly downward from a preliminary 3.9 percent rise as a result of additional data not available in the earlier report, the industry ministry said Friday.....

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu080000c.html

                                Many corpses await cremation 5 months after quake

                                Over five months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, but many victims of the disaster are still only temporarily buried, with cremations expected to take until the end of October......

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na008000c.html

                                Taxi company on the road again after losing entire fleet in tsunami

                                MORIOKA -- After losing its entire fleet of cars in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, a taxi company has made a comeback in the Iwate Prefecture town of Otsuchi.....

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na020000c.html

                                Maehara against reconstruction tax hike, unsure on DPJ leader bid

                                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Sunday he is still undecided on whether to run in the coming ruling party leadership race to replace Prime Minister Naoto Kan, but clarified his reluctance to see a tax hike to finance reconstruction from the March disaster.....

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm020000c.html

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                                Jiji press

                                Noda Aims for Grand Coalition with LDP, Komeito

                                Tokyo, Aug. 13 (Jiji Press)--Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who appears ready to run in a coming election for the next leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said Saturday that he would seek a grand coalition with the nation's biggest opposition Liberal Democratic Party and the second-biggest New Komeito.....

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081300190

                                Postdisaster Reconstruction "Chance in Million" to End Deflation: Noda

                                Tokyo, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda made a remark Sunday suggesting Japan capitalize on demand for its postdisaster reconstruction to end deflation......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011081400086
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                                Natori city, Miyagi pref


                                a shelter at Ishinomaki city

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