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    Toyota plans to build production base in Tohoku

    The chairman of Toyota Motor, Fujio Cho, has unveiled a plan to build a new base for the development and production of small cars in the disaster-stricken Tohoku region of northeastern Japan......

    Sunday, September 25, 2011 09:05 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_01.html

    Gov't panel proposes tsunami evacuation plan

    A Japanese government panel of experts has agreed to develop a community plan where people can escape from tsunami waves within 5 minutes after an earthquake occurs.........
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    Sunday, September 25, 2011 09:05 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_02.html

    Japan, World Bank agree on anti-disaster project

    Japan and the World Bank have agreed to jointly study ways to help developing countries prepare for a major disaster.....

    Sunday, September 25, 2011 09:05 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_19.html

    Saury auction held on Sunday in Hokkaido

    A rare Sunday auction of saury was held at a port in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido......
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    Sunday, September 25, 2011 14:46 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_12.html

    Sendai Airport express to resume service on Oct. 1

    Test runs of airport express trains were carried out between Sendai Airport and Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday. The tracks and the terminal were destroyed by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....
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    Sunday, September 25, 2011 16:54 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_15.html

    Intl flights resume at Sendai Airport

    Sendai Airport in northeastern Japan has resumed international services that had been suspended since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. Passengers boarded the first flight to Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday.....
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    Sunday, September 25, 2011 17:15 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_16.html
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    Yomiuri online

    Noda, wife show thanks in N.Y. for quake support

    NEW YORK--Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his wife Hitomi held a reception Thursday night in New York for foreign representatives to express gratitude for their countries' support for people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.......

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110924002782.htm
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    Asahi com

    Prime minister's wife makes debut in public arena

    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109240174.html
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    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

    Tsunami-hit Sendai Airport reopens fully with scheduled int'l flights

    SENDAI (Kyodo) -- The regional airport in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, whose runways and other facilities were badly damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, reopened fully Sunday as scheduled international flights resumed......

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu031000c.html

    Elderly man's search for young girl he befriended at shelter stumped by privacy protection

    KAMAISHI, Iwate -- An elderly man here wants to give a young girl he befriended at an evacuation shelter a present to celebrate her starting school, but without contact information his attempts to locate the girl have been stumped by officials concerned with protecting personal information......

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

    (Update) Japan 3rd Extra Budget Seen to Be Worth 12 T. Yen

    Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--The size of the Japanese government's planned fiscal 2011 third supplementary budget mainly for financing postdisaster reconstruction measures is now expected to be set at about 12 trillion yen, it was learned Sunday...........

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092500325
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    Sankei news

    Kite Festival
    Yotsukura beach at Iwaki city, Fukushima


    Yotsukura seaside
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      Newspaper hit by tsunami won award

      A newspaper which continued publishing after it had lost its printing press in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami has won a special award.........
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      Monday, September 26, 2011 07:26 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/26_08.html

      Noda pledges to focus on reconstruction

      Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says his government will put priority on recovery and reconstruction from the March 11th quake and tsunami and containing the nuclear accident in Fukushima.......

      Monday, September 26, 2011 14:05 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/26_18.html
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      Yomiuri online

      DBJ to loan 10 bil. yen for Miyagi plant

      The Development Bank of Japan is set to make an unprecedented 10 billion yen loan for the construction of a factory to replace one badly damaged by tsunami after the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to industry sources........

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T110925003009.htm

      Evacuees get coloring pages to ease stress

      More than 1,000 pages of line drawings have been sent to evacuees in the disaster-hit Tohoku region in the hope that coloring the drawings will help relieve their stress......

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110925003196.htm

      Grateful Miyagi seniors to put on play at fest

      A group of senior citizens from Miyagi Prefecture will participate in a theatrical festival in Tokyo to show their gratitude to people who supported victims of the March 11 disaster.......

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110924002424.htm

      Govt to pay for roadbed damage

      The central government will subsidize half the cost of restoring the roadbeds of public roads around private houses that suffered ground liquefaction from the March 11 earthquake, according to sources.......

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110925003591.htm

      Abode to joy

      Children clamber over a playhouse they helped build Saturday in the gym at Nakazato Primary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.....
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      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

      Kirin Brewery's quake-hit Sendai plant resumes production

      SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Kirin Brewery Co. resumed beer production Monday at its plant in Sendai, Miyazaki Prefecture, more than six months after it was devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami.....

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu029000c.html

      DPJ eyes delaying personal income tax hike by 1 year to 2013

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The ruling Democratic Party of Japan's tax panel is coordinating to delay the start of a 10-year personal income tax hike to fund reconstruction of disaster areas by one year to January 2013 from the date envisioned by the government tax panel, party sources said Sunday........

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

      Population of tsunami-hit coast areas to fall 46&#37; even without disaster

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The population of coastal areas in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures which were ravaged by the March earthquake and tsunami would have plunged by 46 percent by 2040 even without the disaster, given the aging of society, a study showed Sunday.....

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm023000c.html

      Noda vows to balance reconstruction work, revitalizing economy

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda vowed Monday to strike a balance between rebuilding areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and shoring up the country's economy especially in the face of a stronger yen........

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

      Mega quakes occur more frequently when sun has fewer sunspots: researchers

      The frequency of mega earthquakes increases during periods when the sun has fewer sunspots, a team of Japanese researchers has found.......

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

      Japan Ruling Party Panel Fails to Finalize Tax Hike Proposal

      Tokyo, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--The ruling Democratic Party of Japan's tax panel failed Monday to reach a conclusion on proposed tax increases to finance reconstruction programs following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ....

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092600881
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      Sankei news

      panorama photo

      "SOS" of 3/11 at Kesennuma city, Miyagi pref
      http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/panor...kesennuma_sos/

      President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino visits disaster area
      *The fifth from the left


      kamaishi city, Iwate pref
      removal of ship

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        Japan's schools to have quake warning systems

        Japan's education ministry plans to install earthquake early warning systems at all of the nation's public schools to enable a speedy response to strong tremors........

        Tuesday, September 27, 2011 14:24 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_18.html
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        http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eew-shizuoka

        earthquake early warning 9/21 M5.3 Ibaraki
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        Rice harvested from tsunami-hit paddy

        A farmer in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has harvested rice from a paddy that was inundated by the March tsunami........
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        Tuesday, September 27, 2011 19:54 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_33.html
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        Asahi com

        Kirin Brewery's quake-hit Sendai plant resumes production
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        DPJ set to delay rise in income tax to 2013

        The ruling Democratic Party of Japan looks likely to postpone a planned hike in income tax for one year to 2013 in an effort to mollify opponents of the increase within its own ranks. .....

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109260372.html

        New website offers peace of mind on liquefaction risk

        Due to the huge damage caused by liquefaction triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Architectural Institute of Japan has set up a website that allows the public some peace of mind on whether their homes are potential victims........

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109260298.html
        The Japanese website can be viewed at (http://news-sv.aij.or.jp/shien/s2/).
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        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

        Workers in quake-hit areas to get jobless benefits for 90 more days

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The labor ministry said Tuesday jobless workers still looking for work in areas hard hit by the March earthquake and tsunami will become eligible for 90 more days of unemployment benefits.........

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm025000c.html

        Gov't panel seeks better evacuation, quake plans after March crisis

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Jpan must thoroughly revamp its earthquake and tsunami countermeasures in light of the March 11 catastrophes by adopting comprehensive policies to enable prompt evacuation, such as sending warnings via mobile phone networks, a government expert panel said in a report to be finalized Wednesday......

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm086000c.html
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        Jiji press

        Amazon Japan to Launch Customer Service Center in Sendai

        Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Amazon Japan K.K. said Tuesday it will set up a customer service center in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, and start operations in March next year......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011092700634

        (Update) JAMA Cuts 2011 Auto Sales Estimate to 4.25 M. Units

        Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Automobile sales in Japan are expected to total 4,250,200 units in 2011, down from the earlier projection of 4,465,000 units, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Tuesday......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011092700725

        Japan Further Extends Jobless Benefit Period for Disaster Victims

        Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--The labor ministry on Tuesday announced its decision to allow those who lost jobs in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami to receive unemployment benefits for 90 additional days.....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092700529

        Japan Eyes New System to Store Family Register Data

        Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Justice Ministry plans to set up a new family register storage system to prevent the loss of such data in disasters, a problem that came to the fore in the March disaster, informed sources said Tuesday.....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092700843

        Japan Ruling Party Panel Adopts Tax Increase Plan

        Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese ruling party panel adopted a temporary tax increase proposal Tuesday to raise 11.2 trillion yen to partly finance reconstruction efforts following the March 11 disaster......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092700906

        (Update) Japan Draws Up Tax Increase Plan

        Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government and ruling party adopted a temporary tax increase proposal Tuesday to help finance reconstruction efforts following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092800029
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        Sankei news

        panorama photo

        Ishinomori Mangakan museum
        Ishinomaki city, Miyagi pref
        http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/panor...927ishinomaki/

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          Panel finalizes proposals for tsunami evacuation

          A Japanese government panel has proposed improved measures to evacuate people from tsunami and to build communities resistant to earthquakes and tsunami......

          Wednesday, September 28, 2011 19:14 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_26.html

          Japan's auto output in August strong

          Domestic output of Japanese automakers marked a year-on-year increase in August -- the first month to do so since the March 11th disaster........
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          Wednesday, September 28, 2011 18:18 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_27.html
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          Yomiuri online

          Tokyo may require firms to stock emergency goods

          The Tokyo metropolitan government is considering the establishment of an ordinance that would instruct local companies to store food and other emergency goods in preparation for disasters that keep people from returning to their homes........

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110926006017.htm
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          Asahi com

          Deceased boy's morning glories come to life in Iwate

          KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture -- Seven-year-old Kosuke Tango loved the morning glory, symbolic of summer and most beautiful in the morning, which brightened his life as he fought leukemia.......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109270267.html

          Autumn salmon season opens in tsunami-hit Minami-Sanriku

          MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture -- Fishermen got off to a good start when the autumn salmon season opened on Sept. 26, but maintaining such success could prove tougher in this town still rebuilding from the March 11 disaster.........

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109270307.html

          Kirin restarts the kettles at Sendai brewery

          SENDAI -- Kirin Brewery Co. resumed operations at its Sendai site on Sept. 26, more than six months after it was heavily damaged by the March 11 tsunami.......

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109270270.html
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          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

          Amazon Japan to open call center in Sendai in March

          SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Amazon Japan K.K., the Japanese unit of U.S.-based Internet commerce giant Amazon.com Inc., said Tuesday it will open a call center in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, next March........

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu064000c.html

          Tankan expected to mark improving sentiment on quake reconstruction

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Bank of Japan's latest Tankan business sentiment survey is expected to mark an improvement on recovery in industrial output from a significant slowdown after the March earthquake and tsunami, a Kyodo News survey on private-sector economists showed Tuesday........

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu068000c.html

          U.S. couple launch program to send unclaimed bicycles to Tohoku

          YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- An American military officer and his wife at a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, have launched a program to send unclaimed bicycles from the base to people in the Tohoku region who have lost their cars and other means of transportation in the quake and tsunami disaster.......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm013000c.html

          Japan to raise 9.2 tril. yen in quake-relief tax hikes

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government will temporarily raise income and some other taxes to secure 9.2 trillion yen ($120 billion) in emergency funds to finance reconstruction following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, officials said Tuesday, aiming to downsize the original plan due to concerns over the slowing economy.......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm016000c.html

          Some subsidies for quakeproofing schools not used for purpose: audit

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- At least 5.2 billion yen of subsidies given to local municipalities in two recent year to improve quake resistance of public elementary and junior high school buildings were not used for that purpose, officials of the Board of Audit told Kyodo News on Wednesday.......

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm040000c.html

          23 billion yen in fund for Hanshin quake recovery remains unused

          Over 23 billion yen in a fund that the Hyogo Prefectural Government set up using a national government subsidy to help rebuild houses destroyed by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake remains unused, a government audit has revealed..........

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

          No. of civil arbitration cases drops sharply in disaster areas after March 11 quake

          The number of cases of civil arbitration cases dropped sharply in disaster-stricken areas in northeastern Japan following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami, with the scale of the calamities and delay in post-disaster reconstruction efforts thought to be contributing reasons........

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

          Toyota Domestic Auto Output Up for 1st Time since March

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Top Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Wednesday it has enjoyed its first domestic output growth since the nation was hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011092800420

          Japan Auto Output in Aug. Logs 1st Rise since Disaster

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--The combined domestic vehicle production of Japan's eight major automakers in August rose year on year for the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to data released by the companies on Wednesday........

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011092800579

          (Update) Japan Auto Output Logs 1st Rise since Disaster

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Automobile production in Japan by eight major domestic makers rose year on year in August for the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to data released by the companies on Wednesday.......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011092800919

          U.S. Economy's "Japanization" Risk Seen Low: Ross

          New York, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Prominent U.S. investor Wilbur Ross said Wednesday that the U.S. economy has a lower risk of "Japanization," or being stuck in low economic growth like Japan, because the two countries' social structures differ very much.......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092900228

          Japan Panel Proposes Improved Warning for Mega-Tsunami

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan should refine its tsunami warning system and secure evacuation routes to save lives in the event of future gigantic tsunami, a government panel said Wednesday.......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092800826

          Noda Rejects Delays to Tax Hikes for Reconstruction

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of pushing back the timing of temporary tax increases for reconstruction following the March 11 disaster.......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092800829

          Japan's 2011 Rice Harvest at Average Level

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's rice harvest index in 2011 stood at an "average" reading of 101, exceeding the 100 mark for the first time in three years, thanks to relatively good weather conditions, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Wednesday.........

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092801012

          Ruling Parties Agree on Reconstruction Tax Hike Plan, 3rd Extra Budget

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Shizuka Kamei, head of People's New Party, the coalition partner of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, on Wednesday agreed on a temporary tax increase plan and a draft fiscal 2011 third supplementary budget to finance reconstruction projects in disaster-hit areas. .....

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092801059

          Japan Trasport Min. Wants 20-30 B. Yen for Tohoku Expressway Toll-Free Program

          Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry showed Wednesday a plan to request allocation of 20 billion to 30 billion yen under a third fiscal 2011 supplementary budget for an expressway toll-free program chiefly in the Tohoku region, which was hit hardest by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092801092
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          Sankei news

          panorama photo

          Rikuzentakata city, Iwate pref
          http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/panor...1/0928rikuzen/

          Salon bus of L'Oreal Japan to disaster area
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          search at Onagawa town, Miyagi pref


          U.S. couple launch program to send unclaimed bicycles to Tohoku


          temporary house at Onagawa town, Miyagi pref

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            Autumn salmon fishing begins in disaster-hit area

            Fishermen in Japan's northeastern city of Miyako have opened the salmon fishing season despite extensive damage suffered in the March 11th disaster......
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            Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:33 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_20.html

            Asia Business Summit opens in Tokyo

            Top business leaders from 11 Asian economies are discussing regional cooperation when a major disaster hits, among other topics........

            Thursday, September 29, 2011 14:30 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_22.html

            $130,000 cash meant for Tohoku left in city hall

            About 130,000 dollars in cash was left at the municipal office in Sakado City, Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, with a note asking that the money be used for people in the Tohoku region, hit by the March earthquake and tsunami........

            Thursday, September 29, 2011 16:33 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_26.html

            Asia Business Summit

            Top business leaders from 11 Asian economies say they should enhance regional cooperation in the aftermath of the March 11th disaster........

            Thursday, September 29, 2011 21:17 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_38.html
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            Yomiuri online

            Family register data to be backed up offsite

            The Justice Ministry plans to launch a national network system to store backup data of family registers following the loss of data kept at four municipalities in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures due to the March 11 tsunami, it has been learned.........

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110928004575.htm

            Govt-DPJ decision-making process in limbo / Top leaders forced to make major revisions to tax hike plans in effort to lessen taxpayer burden

            Although a temporary tax hike plan to finance reconstruction of areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake was decided upon Tuesday, top leaders of the government and the Democratic Party of Japan demonstrated the fragility of the entire decision-making processes by making major revisions to a plan once agreed to at the DPJ's tax policy board........
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            Govt may sell all JT shares to lower tax hike

            Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other top-ranking officials in the government and the Democratic Party of Japan have decided on a plan to sell all shares in Japan Tobacco Inc. to reduce the total amount of revenue needed from extra tax hikes to finance reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake.........
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            Asahi com

            A must-have item for when disaster strikes

            HIRATSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture -- A tiny local factory here is attracting national attention with a spherical-shaped personal evacuation shelter for use in natural disasters......
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            A ray of light for children in disaster-hit Onagawa

            ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture -- A bit more than child's play was at work here Sept. 27 when the playground of the Onagawa Daini Elementary School was lit up like the night sky.........

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109280307.html

            Government to raise multiple taxes; young DPJ lawmakers upset

            The government's decision to raise taxes to gain 9.2 trillion yen (about $115 billion) for recovery efforts in the disaster-hit Tohoku region drew continued grumbling from ruling party lawmakers fearing voter backlash in elections.....

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109280341.html
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            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

            Domestic auto output rises in Aug. for 1st time since March disaster

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's eight major automakers produced 670,837 vehicles in Japan in August, up 1.7 percent from a year earlier and marking the first increase since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, as they continued to recover from supply chain disruptions caused by the disaster, according to data released by them on Wednesday........

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

            Japan's exports up 1.2&#37; in early Sept.

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's exports grew 1.2 percent in early September from a year earlier to 2,001.89 billion yen on strength in such sectors as carmakers, reflecting a recovery in their production following the March earthquake and tsunami, the government said Thursday.......

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

            Noda calls for opposition's cooperation on 3rd extra budget

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Wednesday called for talks at an early date between the ruling and opposition blocs to secure prompt Diet passage of a third extra budget for fiscal 2011 to finance full-fledged reconstruction following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.......

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

            Emperor thanks Aquino for encouraging quake-stricken people

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Emperor Akihito thanked Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday for encouraging people afflicted by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami during Aquino's visit to the ravaged city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, the Imperial Household Agency said.....

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

            10 mil. yen left at Saitama city office marked 'for people in Tohoku'

            SAITAMA (Kyodo) -- A bag containing 10 million yen in cash has been found inside a restroom at the city office of Sakado, Saitama Prefecture, with a note assigning the money to the people of the Tohoku region, hit by the March earthquake and tsunami, the office said Thursday......

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm007000c.html

            Ministry aims to subsidize quake measures for elevated rail tracks

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The transport ministry plans to create an emergency subsidy program in fiscal 2012 to encourage railway companies to reinforce elevated tracks so they can resist big earthquakes, ministry officials said Thursday.......

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm010000c.html

            Panel calls for legal revisions for disaster prevention

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A panel of the Central Disaster Prevention Council compiled a final report on Wednesday calling for review of disaster-related laws to maintain the functions of local governments and smooth long-distance evacuations if a massive natural disaster occurs.......

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm015000c.html

            Police launch massive search for tsunami victims along Miyagi Prefecture coastline

            SENDAI -- Police have launched intensive search operations along the coastline of Miyagi Prefecture for those still missing in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.......

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

            Asian Biz Leaders Call for Regional Economic Integration

            Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)--Asian business leaders called Thursday for promoting regional economic integration, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact.....

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011092900962

            Japan FY 2012 Budget Requests to Hit Record Over 98 T. Yen

            Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's general account budget requests for fiscal 2012 are estimated to total over 98 trillion yen, the largest request size ever, it was learned Thursday......

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011093000003
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              Noda calls for cooperation among Asian economies

              Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has called for cooperation among Asian countries to maintain economic growth.......

              .........Noda said Japan's rehabilitation from the March 11th disaster and further contribution to global challenges will be the repayment for the goodwill Japan has received......

              Friday, September 30, 2011 05:18 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_05.html

              FY2012 budget requests to top record $1.2 trillion

              Japan's government ministries are expected to request a total budget of 99 trillion yen, or more than 1.2 trillion dollars, for the next fiscal year that begins April 1st.....

              Friday, September 30, 2011 08:15 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_10.html

              August jobless rate improves

              Japan's unemployment rate improved in August for the first time in 3 months. The data excludes 3 prefectures hit hard by earthquake and tsunami in March......

              Friday, September 30, 2011 10:42 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_17.html

              Auditors to recommend improved tsunami monitoring

              Japan's Board of Audit will ask the Meteorological Agency to improve its tsunami-monitoring system, after huge waves disabled some of the equipment in the March disaster.......

              Friday, September 30, 2011 12:18 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_15.html

              Noda seeks early start of next Diet session

              Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he wants to convene the next session of the Diet as early as possible so that an extra budget bill for disaster reconstruction can be enacted quickly.........

              Friday, September 30, 2011 19:45 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_36.html
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              Asahi com

              SOCCER/ Offensive banner prompts Cerezo protest

              .....The banner was **** from a stand at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium during an AFC Champions League quarterfinal match against Japan's Cerezo Osaka on Sept. 27. It said in Japanese: "We celebrate the big earthquake in Japan." ....

              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109290281.html

              Japan auto output sees 1st rise in 11 months; strong yen a concern

              Domestic auto production has largely recovered from disruptions caused by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, but the outlook is clouded by the yen's sharp appreciation.......

              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109290276.html

              Taiwanese 'Gezaixi' opera troupe entertains quake victims

              A renowned Taiwanese opera troupe performed a dramatic "Gezaixi" tale of lost love and battle in imperial China on Sept. 28 for survivors of the March 11 great earthquake.....

              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109290270.html
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              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

              August jobless rate marks unexpected fall to 4.3&#37;

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 4.3 percent in August from 4.7 percent in July, marking the first drop in three months, as a number of people temporarily halted seeking jobs amid the deteriorating economic environment, government data showed Friday.......

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

              Japan's industrial output rises for 5th straight month

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's industrial production rose 0.8 percent in August from the previous month for the fifth straight month of increase, leading the industry ministry to declare Friday that output has "almost recovered" from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu093000c.html

              Requests for Japan's FY 2012 budget to reach record high

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Requests for Japan's fiscal 2012 budget from government offices will likely top the previous record of 96.75 trillion yen ($1.26 trillion) as the country has been forced to carry out emergency spending on reconstruction following the March earthquake and tsunami, officials said Thursday......

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

              No data exist on quake resistance of 102 tsunami observatories

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Board of Audit of Japan survey found that the Japan Meteorological Agency has no data on the earthquake resistance of more than 100 tsunami observatories it has set up across Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday........

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm015000c.html

              Big quakes may have repeated in 2 cycles off central to western Japan

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Big earthquakes may have occurred along the Nankai Trough in the Pacific south of central to western Japan in two cycles of about every 100 years and every 200 years, a finding which calls for a review of official quake predictions, researchers say.......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm016000c.html

              1st Diet session under Noda's gov't closes, 3rd extra budget in focus

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm054000c.html
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              Jiji press

              Japan Aug. Jobless Rate Falls to 4.3 Pct

              Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 4.3 pct in August, down 0.4 percentage point from July, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Friday.......

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011093000138

              Japan to Finish Reconstructing Disaster-Hit Schools by FY 2013

              Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan aims to complete the reconstruction of schools damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami by the end of fiscal 2013, a government task force said Friday.......

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011093000504

              Noda Calls for Early Budget, Tax Hike Talks with Opposition Parties

              Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called on opposition parties Friday to launch discussions on the planned third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 and a proposed tax increase plan to finance postdisaster reconstruction programs......

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011093001021

              Japan FY 2012 Budget Requests Seen to Reach Record 98.5 T. Yen

              Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--The Finance Ministry ended Friday its acceptance of fiscal 2012 budget requests from government ministries and agencies, with the requests expected to swell to around 98.5 trillion yen, an all-time high....

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100100005
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              Shizugawa hospital

              Minamisanriku town, Miyagi pref
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              Shizugawa hospital
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                Sendai Airport Transit resumes entire service

                A train line that connects Sendai City and Sendai Airport resumed complete service on Saturday......
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                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                Czech foreign minister to visit Japan next week

                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg will make a three-day visit to Japan next week to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba and visit areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, officials said Friday.......

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                an exhibition of protection of cultural properties from disaster at Daikanyama Hillside Forum
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                  Debris incinerators up and running in Sendai

                  Temporary incinerators are up and running in Sendai City, northeastern Japan, to dispose of a large amount of debris from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....
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                  Listed firms lose 38&#37; of paper gains on stocks

                  Japanese listed companies have seen the profit on their shareholdings decline by more than 38 percent in the past half year......

                  ......It is feared that low share prices will put pressure on corporate earnings, undermining the recovery from the March 11th disaster.

                  Sunday, October 02, 2011 16:28 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_17.html
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                  Asahi com

                  10 million yen for Tohoku victims found in city hall restroom

                  SAKADO, Saitama Prefecture -- A plastic bag containing 10 million yen ($130,000) was found in a restroom at the city hall building here with an anonymous note saying: "I am all alone. Please use this money for Tohoku people." ....
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                  Noda wants quake taxes to start immediately

                  Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told a news conference Sept. 30 that the "sky is the limit" for post-quake reconstruction budget requests and that he plans to introduce temporary tax increases as soon as possible to pay for them........

                  http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110010297.html

                  Rebuilding needs lead to record budget requests

                  The fiscal 2012 budget has swollen to a record 98 trillion yen ($1.27 trillion) after central government ministries were granted a virtual blank check for reconstructing the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.......

                  http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110010245.html
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                  Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                  Business leaders urge gov't to squeeze tax hikes for reconstruction

                  KYOTO (Kyodo) -- Business leaders in Kyoto on Sunday urged the government to make all-out efforts to reduce the rate of tax hikes it plans for reconstruction from the March 11 disaster........

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

                  2 Pct Not Ready for Terrestrial Digital TV: Jiji Poll

                  Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--Some 2.1 pct of people in Japan have yet to make preparations to receive digital terrestrial broadcasting, a Jiji Press poll showed Sunday.......

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100200239
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                  Salon bus of L'Oreal Japan
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                  harvest time at Ishinomaki city, Miyagi pref


                  a swimmer Kosuke Kitajima visits disaster area, Tome city, Miyagi pref
                  http://www.kitajima-kosuke.com/en/

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                  22:30 JST 02 Oct 2011 38.5N 144.2E 10 km M5.7 Sanriku Oki

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                    Gov't panel mulls deregulation to boost economy

                    ......The panel will discuss measures to prevent Japanese industries from shifting their production bases abroad, as a result of the damages caused by the March 11th disaster and the rapid appreciation of the yen.......

                    Monday, October 03, 2011 05:39 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_03.html

                    Noda freezes controversial housing project

                    .......The Prime Minister said the March 11 disaster has changed the government's priorities. It needs massive reconstruction funds for the hard-hit areas.......

                    Monday, October 03, 2011 16:46 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_22.html

                    Japan auto sales rise in September

                    Automobile sales in Japan rose in September for the first time in 13 months. The upturn was supported by a recovery in supply chains that were battered by the March 11th disasters.......
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                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_27.html
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                    Yomiuri online

                    Tokyo Bay condos back on real estate agenda

                    High-rise condominiums in Tokyo's bay area are being offered for sale for the first time since the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.......

                    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111002002492.htm

                    Discord emerges over post-quake tax increases

                    Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has said he wants to establish harmony between his administration and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, but discord between him and some key members of the party has already surfaced over important policies........

                    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111002003096.htm
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                    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                    15 bil. yen in economic effects from 16 int'l conventions: tourism body

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Sixteen international conventions held in 12 Japanese cities in fiscal 2010 resulted in economic effects for the country worth 15 billion yen, according to a recent estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization that it said was the first of its kind......

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

                    Tankan returns to positive figures after quake-induced fall

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Business sentiment among Japan's large manufacturers rebounded in September from three months earlier with the key index recovering to positive territory after a sharp fall due to the March earthquake and tsunami, largely helped by the strength of carmakers, the Bank of Japan said Monday........

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

                    Japan Sept. new vehicle sales up for 1st time in 13 months

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- New vehicle sales in Japan excluding minivehicles picked up 1.7 percent in September from a year earlier to 313,790 units for the first rise in 13 months amid the reconstruction of the supply chains that had been disrupted by the March 11 earthquake, an industry body said Monday.......

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu083000c.html

                    Gov't to freeze controversial housing plan for civil servants

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday instructed Finance Minister Jun Azumi to freeze a controversial plan to build a 10.5 billion yen housing facility for civil servants for at least five years to focus on reconstruction work following the March 11 quake-tsunami catastrophe........

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm077000c.html

                    Children from quake-devastated regions long for old friends

                    KESENNUMA, Miyagi -- "We shouldn't cut the ties between those kids." Those were the voices of parents and school officials after several children from the Oshima Elementary School left Oshima -- a populated remote island belonging to this city -- in the aftermath of the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake. Just as they anticipated, it did not take long before the children began to miss their friends -- those with whom they had shared everything up to that ill-fated March 11 day........

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

                    58 percent oppose higher income and corporate taxes for quake restoration: poll

                    Fifty-eight percent of respondents to a Mainichi poll have voiced opposition to increasing income tax or corporate tax to provide funds for the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.......

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

                    Decline in Japan New Auto Sales Dramatically Narrows in Sept.

                    Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--Sales of new automobiles in Japan in September fell 2.1 pct from a year before to 462,192 units after slumping 22.4 pct in August, industry data showed Monday.......

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011100300371

                    Visitors to Tokyo Disney Resort Plunge in April-Sept.

                    Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--The combined number of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea in April-September plunged 17.1 pct from a year before to 10,739,000, Oriental Land Co. <4661> said Monday......

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011100300609

                    (Update) Japan Prem. Noda Seeks 5-Yr Freeze on Public Housing Project

                    Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda directed Finance Minister Jun Azumi on Monday to freeze for at least five years a controversial plan to build a housing complex for national civil servants near Tokyo........

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100300483

                    BOJ to Keep Superloose Monetary Policy Unchanged

                    Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--The Bank of Japan is expected to keep its superloose monetary policy unchanged at a two-day policy meeting starting Thursday....

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100300777
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                    Noda inspecting the building site

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                      US auto sales up, but down for Toyota, Honda

                      Sales of new vehicles in the United States rose by nearly 10 percent in September. But Japanese automakers showed mixed US results due to a lingering shortage of parts following the March 11th disaster.......

                      Tuesday, October 04, 2011 15:45 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_28.html
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                      Yomiuri online

                      Makers see improvement in business / Tankan survey shows rebound in September

                      The central bank's quarterly Tankan survey shows business sentiment among the nation's large manufacturers rebounded in September from the previous survey three months earlier, with the key index recovering to positive territory for the first time in two quarters......

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111003004836.htm

                      Noda rethinks housing project / Forthright support for govt worker apartment complex replaced by caution

                      Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday said he would put on hold the controversial construction of a housing complex for government employees, amid mounting opposition from both the ruling and opposition parties to the project.......

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111003004308.htm
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                      Asahi com

                      Tsunami dealt final blow to many famed shopping streets

                      Like most small towns in Japan, Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture has a shopping street where generations have bought their fresh fish, seeds to plant and material for their kimonos.......

                      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110030304.html

                      Job offer rate for Tohoku students nears national average

                      The percentage of seniors at universities and graduate schools in the Tohoku region who have received tentative job offers has surged to nearly match the national average, a survey found.......

                      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110030310.html

                      Famed red lighthouse on Horaijima will shine again

                      OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture -- A beloved red lighthouse on tiny Horaijima island here that was destroyed by the tsunami spawned by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake will shine through the mist again, with the help of the townsfolk.......
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                      Quake-hit pine trees in Miyagi live on through music

                      If a tree falls and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound? Some in Miyagi Prefecture certainly do......
                      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110030288.html

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                      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                      Foreign Ministry eyes youth exchange programs in quake-hit areas

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Foreign Ministry is hoping to launch exchange programs by year-end between young people in Japan's northeastern areas, struggling with the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the Asia-Pacific region, officials said Monday.........

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm006000c.html

                      Roos assures Noda of continued U.S. support for Japan reconstruction

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos assured Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday that Washington will remain steadfast in its support for Japan's efforts to rebuild areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

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

                      Marriages being tested by postquake adversity in Miyagi Pref.

                      SENDAI, Japan (Kyodo) -- Many people in the disaster-ravaged city of Sendai are rushing to seek advice on whether to get a divorce following the March earthquake and tsunami, said a marriage counselor in the city.......

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

                      Azumi suggests aborting civil servant housing plan

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Finance Minister Jun Azumi indicated Tuesday that the government could abort the controversial plan to build a housing facility for civil servants, following a decision by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda the previous day to freeze the plan in a policy U-turn.......

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm113000c.html

                      Grateful university students from Tokyo help remove tsunami debris

                      RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- Students from a Tokyo university have been volunteering to remove debris here as a show of appreciation after city officials who helped them experience forestry lost their lives in the March 11 tsunami.......

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

                      Japan Aug. Average Pay Down for 3rd Month

                      Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--The average pay in Japan in August fell 0.6 pct from a year earlier to 273,580 yen, down for the third consecutive month, a labor ministry survey showed Tuesday.......

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100400218

                      Noda Seeks Opposition Cooperation for Early Extra Budget Passage

                      Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday he wants to craft a third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 by listening to opinions from opposition parties, so that the budget to finance full-blown reconstruction projects in areas hit hard by the March earthquake and tsunami can pass through parliament as soon as possible..........

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100400534

                      Japan May Cancel Controversial Public Housing Project: Finance Min.

                      Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Tuesday a group studying the proposed reduction of housing facilities for government employees may decide to cancel a controversial plan to build a housing complex for national civil servants in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.......

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100400564

                      Japan Govt Scrutinizing Independent Administrative Bodies

                      Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government began scrutinizing all 104 independent administrative bodies in the country on Tuesday, hoping to squeeze out a budget for reconstruction of areas damaged by the March 11 disaster through reforms of the government affiliates, which receive a total of 3 trillion yen annually from the national treasury.........

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100400668

                      Japan to Give More Tax Breaks to Disaster Victims

                      Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government's Tax Commission on Tuesday decided to give additional tax breaks, estimated at some 100 billion yen, to citizens and companies hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100400920
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                      Sankei news

                      Iwate prefectural police searching around kirikiri port

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                        14:17 JST 05 Oct 2011 40.2N 142.0E 20 km M4.8 Iwate-ken Oki

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                          Autumn flowers from Iwate promoted in New York

                          Japanese flowers from quake-hit Iwate Prefecture have been shown at the New York flower market......
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                          Wednesday, October 05, 2011 12:01 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_16.html
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                          Yomiuri online

                          Carmakers revving up again / Firms recover from post-disaster supply-chain disruptions

                          Car manufacturers and electrical machinery makers have recovered in their production, contributing to a V-shaped rebound in sentiment at large manufacturers in the central bank's quarterly Tankan survey in September from the previous survey three month earlier.......

                          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111004005755.htm

                          Dedicated minister for new agency / New post to be exclusively tasked with reconstruction projects, funding

                          The minister to be posted to the envisaged Reconstruction Agency will be tasked solely with reconstruction of areas hit by the March 11 disaster, according to an outline of the bill on establishing the agency, sources said.......

                          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111004004417.htm
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                          Asahi com

                          Senior IMF official backs hike in consumption tax rate

                          A senior official of the International Monetary Fund threw his support for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's proposed hike in the consumption tax rate to finance rebuilding efforts in the tsunami-stricken Tohoku region......

                          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110040312.html
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                          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                          Seven & I reports net profit fall on disaster, accounting change

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Seven & I Holdings Co. said Tuesday its group net profit for the March-August first half of its financial year in 2001 fell 15.4 percent from a year earlier to 52.79 billion yen due to special losses from the March disaster and an accounting procedure change......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu066000c.html

                          Mitsubishi, Nissan see growth potential in EVs after March disaster

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Leaders of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday they see potential growth in future demand for electric vehicles, particularly after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and called for more government support to promote them......

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu072000c.html

                          Foreign ambassadors to Japan to visit disaster-hit Iwate, Miyagi

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ambassadors to Japan from 21 countries including Spain and the Philippines will visit disaster-hit Iwate and Miyagi prefectures from Thursday as part of the Foreign Ministry's reconstruction support programs, the ministry said Tuesday.......

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

                          Japan drafts bill to enhance measures to deal with tsunami

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government has drafted a bill to enhance measures to deal with tsunami following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, government sources said Tuesday......

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

                          70&#37; of public donations delivered to March disaster victims

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Nearly 70 percent of public donations made over the March earthquake and tsunami has been distributed to people in the Tohoku and other affected areas, welfare ministry data showed Wednesday.....

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm010000c.html

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                          Jiji press

                          2 Japan Opposition Parties Agree to Accept Budget Talks

                          Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--Two major Japanese opposition parties agreed Wednesday to accept a call by the ruling party to hold talks on a third supplementary budget aimed at financing postdisaster reconstruction efforts.......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100500357

                          Japan May Make Reconstruction Bond Redemption Period Longer

                          Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda Wednesday left open the possibility that the redemption period of government bonds designed to fund postdisaster reconstruction projects will be set longer than a planned 10 years......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100500403

                          Japan FY 2012 Budget Requests Total Record 98.46 T. Yen

                          Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--General-account budget requests from government agencies for fiscal 2012 have totaled a record high of 98,468.6 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100500820

                          Symposium Held on Revitalizing Tourism in Disaster-Hit Tohoku

                          Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--Experts from Japan and abroad gathered at a symposium in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Wednesday to discuss how to revitalize tourism in Japan's Tohoku region ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100500832
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                          Sankei news

                          reconstruction house at Ishinomaki city, Miyagi pref


                          Library reopens at Minamisanriku town, Miyagi pref

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                            Govt to position Tohoku as hub for rare metal recovery

                            The government will launch a project to make the Tohoku region a hub for recovering rare metals from small electric appliances, including cell phones collected from across the country, to support the reconstruction of areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, it was learned Wednesday......

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111005004501.htm

                            Tsunami-hit city shares its stories on Facebook

                            KESENNUMA, Miyagi--The city of Kesennuma, hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has created a multilingual Facebook account to share locals' stories and pictures of the disaster and their reconstruction efforts with people around the world........

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111005003679.htm
                            KESENNUMA - BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE http://www.facebook.com/kesennuma

                            Longtime volunteer prepares farewell sushi at evacuation center

                            ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi--A little more than a week after the devastating March 11 disaster hit the Tohoku region, one man knew what he had to do, traveling nearly 2,000 kilometers to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami........

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111005002255.htm

                            Liquefaction damage in Kawasaki / Local governments slow to inspect damage to privately owned land

                            KAWASAKI--Nine companies in a waterfront area of Kawasaki have suffered damage by liquefaction caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey........

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111005004948.htm

                            Govt eyes additional tax relief measures

                            The government's Tax Commission decided on additional tax-relief measures Tuesday, worth 100 billion yen for individuals and companies affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, including tax credit for businesses based within a special zone to be designated for post-disaster reconstruction when they recruit disaster survivors........

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111005004834.htm
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                            Asahi com

                            Tourist numbers still down, but slowly picking up pace

                            As a tourist destination, Japan plummeted in the rankings following the March 11 disaster that triggered a partial meltdown of nuclear reactors northeast of Tokyo.......

                            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110050248.html

                            Search for missing people moves from land areas to the sea

                            Search efforts for people missing since the March 11 tsunami have shifted from the land to the sea in the hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi......
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                            Panel backs tax breaks for disaster-hit areas

                            The government's Tax Commission is proposing about 100 billion yen ($1.3 billion) per year in tax breaks for people and companies affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake........

                            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110050229.html
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                            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                            Japan's April-Sept. imported vehicle sales rise 19.2&#37;

                            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Dealers sold 141,919 new imported cars, trucks and buses in Japan in the first half of fiscal 2011, up 19.2 percent from a year earlier, despite worries the March 11 disasters would diminish sales, an industry body said Thursday........

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

                            Toyota's global production back to normal after March disaster

                            NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- Toyota Motor Corp.'s production in and outside Japan returned in September to its "normal state" seen before the March earthquake and tsunami, two months earlier than initially projected, officials said Thursday.......

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

                            Japan's FY 2012 budget requests soar to record 98.47 tril. yen

                            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese government offices have requested a record 98.47 trillion yen ($1.28 trillion) budget for the next fiscal year starting in April as the country has been forced to carry out emergency spending on reconstruction work following the March earthquake and tsunami, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday......

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

                            Tsunami-hit Japanese sites added to World Monuments Fund list

                            NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- The World Monuments Fund said Wednesday that areas struck by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan have been added to a list of 66 other at-risk sites in a total of 41 countries throughout the world.......

                            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm007000c.html

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                            Jiji press

                            Prius Tops Japan Auto Sales for 4th Month in Sept.

                            Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> Prius hybrid was the best-selling vehicle in Japan for the fourth straight month in September, industry data showed Thursday.......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011100600447

                            4 Major Japan Convenience Store Operators Fare Well in 1st Half

                            Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--Four major Japanese convenience store operators posted year-on-year growth in parent-only operating profits and all-store sales in the March-August first half, supported by brisk demand for food and other daily items in northeastern regions hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011100600888

                            Toyota's Production Returns to Normal

                            Nagoya, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> officials said Thursday that the automaker's domestic production capability has returned to normal by the end of September after a significant decline in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011100600902

                            DBJ Sets Up Ibaraki Reconstruction Fund

                            Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--The Development Bank of Japan said Thursday it has set up a fund to help rebuild disaster-hit companies in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100600629
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                            Sankei news

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                              Massive Japanese earthquake altered Earth's gravity
                              Scientists now seeing if they can detect changes as crust settles back into place
                              By Charles Q. Choi
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                              updated 10/6/2011 3:45:38 PM ET
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                              "The most important implication of our findings is that the massive Tohoku-Oki earthquake brings significant changes to not only the ground but also the underground structure of Japan," researcher Koji Matsuo, a geophysicist at Hokkaido University in Japan, told OurAmazingPlanet...
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                                Asian nations to stockpile rice for emergencies

                                Japan, China, South Korea, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to agree that each country will stockpile rice to deal with possible serious food shortages after natural disasters......

                                Friday, October 07, 2011 06:15 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_04.html

                                BOJ maintains easy monetary policy

                                ......The BOJ says in its latest assessment that the nation's economy has continued to pick up due to a rebound in auto production and exports after parts supply chains recovered from the March 11 disaster.......

                                Friday, October 07, 2011 15:21 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_22.html

                                Chinese diplomat thanks man who saved trainees

                                A diplomat from the Chinese embassy in Japan has expressed appreciation to the family of a Japanese man who died after saving Chinese trainees from the March 11th tsunami.......

                                Friday, October 07, 2011 20:08 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_30.html

                                Asian countries agree to stockpile rice

                                A group of Southeast Asian countries, along with Japan, China and South Korea, have agreed to set up a new system to stockpile rice in preparation for food shortages caused by natural disasters.....

                                Friday, October 07, 2011 22:05 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_38.html
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                                Yomiuri online

                                Natural disaster, natural levee / Coastal forests provide powerful defense against tsunami

                                The Forestry Agency plans to regenerate coastal forests hit by the March 11 tsunami, as research has shown the forests provided defense against the disaster by acting as "natural levees."........

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111006004865.htm
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                                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                                Prius top-selling car in Japan in April-Sept. for 3rd straight year

                                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius hybrid car was the top-selling vehicle in Japan in the April-September period for the third straight year, despite a big decline in sales and production following the March earthquake and tsunami, industry bodies said Thursday.....

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

                                Govt Calls on Firms to Build Factories in Japan

                                Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government requested Friday that domestic companies build factories not in other countries but in Japan in order to bring about the country's early recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100700538

                                Disaster-Area Specialty Shop Opens in Ginza

                                Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--A shop selling specialty foods and goods from northeastern and eastern Japan areas hit by the tsunami that followed the March 11 earthquake opened in a building in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district on Friday.......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100700598

                                Japan Needs to Be More Aware of Downside Risks to Economy: BOJ Shirakawa

                                Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan should be more aware of downside risks to its economy, Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said Friday......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100700665

                                Ruling, Opposition Parties Began Talks on Reconstruction

                                Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--The policy leaders of major Japanese ruling and opposition parties on Friday started discussions on postdisaster reconstruction and ways to finance such projects.....

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100700853

                                Japan Outlines 12-T.-Yen 3rd Extra Budget

                                Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting Friday adopted an outline of the fiscal 2011 third supplementary budget aimed mainly at financing projects to rebuild northeastern areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100700916

                                Japan Central Govt to Cover All Reconstruction Costs

                                Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese central government will effectively cover all costs related to reconstruction after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that mainly hit northeastern areas, internal affairs minister Tatsuo Kawabata said Friday.......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011100700923
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