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    Wen hopes for better China-Japan ties

    .....Taizo Nishimuro heads the Japanese delegation. During the meeting he thanked Wen for China's support in the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

    Sunday, October 23, 2011 05:41 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/23_01.html

    Govt to make airports better prepared for tsunami

    Japan's transport ministry has drawn up guidelines to protect the country's airports from tsunami.
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    Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:51 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/23_11.html

    Princess Mako celebrates 20th birthday

    ......She told reporters that she visited the disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi as a volunteer and took care of children there. She said she realized that there are things that cannot be understood without seeing the situation first-hand.

    Sunday, October 23, 2011 12:52 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/23_14.html

    Crown Prince attends German Festival

    .....In his speech, the Crown Prince thanked Germany for its assistance after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.

    Sunday, October 23, 2011 23:08 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/23_28.html

    Kyoto holds "Festival of the Ages"

    Survivors of the March 11th disaster who are living in Kyoto were invited to watch the parade.
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    Sunday, October 23, 2011 23:08 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/23_27.html
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    Yomiuri online

    Blood clots found in veins of evacuees' legs

    ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi--Seven percent of residents in temporary housing units for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, have developed blood clots in their legs similar to those suffered by airline passengers in so-called economy-class syndrome, according to local doctors.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111022002173.htm
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    AJW

    Princess Mako celebrates her 20th birthday

    ....She also said that she had engaged in volunteer work in the quake-affected towns of Yamada and Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, and Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, such as helping children with their studies and playing with them during her summer break.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...J2011102315556

    Triumph, confusion marked Japan-based NGOs in Tohoku

    Battle tested and experienced from operating overseas in war-torn districts and areas suffering from natural disasters, Japan-based NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) rushed to the Tohoku region following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.
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    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

    Princess Mako turns 20, says she will try to act appropriately as adult

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm059000c.html

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      Japan to study ocean debris from disaster

      Japan's Environment Ministry says it will start tracking the millions of tons of debris that have been drifting in the Pacific Ocean ever since the March 11th tsunami.
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      Monday, October 24, 2011 11:05 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_17.html

      Auditors call for quays to be more quake-proof

      Japanese auditors have asked the land and infrastructure ministry to take measures to ensure that quays across the country can withstand strong earthquakes.

      Monday, October 24, 2011 11:05 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_18.html

      Emperor meets German President Christian Wulff

      The Emperor has expressed thanks to visiting German President Christian Wulff for the country's help after the March disaster.

      Monday, October 24, 2011 19:02 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_31.html
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      Yomiuri online

      DPJ to boost talks on consumption tax hike

      The Democratic Party of Japan plans to boost internal discussions on building a framework for a consumption tax hike, as the party now has a brighter prospect of passing the third supplementary budget and related bills through the Diet next month.

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111023003054.htm

      Tokyo's waterways eyed for emergencies / River, canal docks key to evacuating residents if strong inland earthquake strikes near capital

      In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tokyo's waterborne transportation network is attracting renewed attention as an alternative to road and rail transport.
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      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111023002652.htm

      Disaster hub hospitals to be strengthened

      The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has decided to review its criteria for designating so-called disaster base hospitals that accept large numbers of injured people at times of disaster.

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111023002970.htm
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      AJW

      Japan posts 1.6 trillion yen trade deficit

      Japan posted a 1.667 trillion yen ($21.85 billion) trade deficit for the first six months of fiscal 2011, according to a preliminary report on trade statistics released by the Finance Ministry on Oct. 24.

      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy/AJ2011102415636

      Researcher says 4 quakes could trigger huge tsunami

      In a terrifying scenario where four massive earthquakes strike in conjunction along the ocean trench from off the Tokai region to Shikoku, a 20-meter tsunami in Kochi Prefecture and a 15-meter tsunami in Shizuoka Prefecture could be unleashed, a computer simulation has found.
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      Statue unveiled at tragedy-hit school

      ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture -- A granite statue of a mother and child was unveiled Oct. 23 at Okawa Elementary School, which lost 84 pupils and teachers in tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

      Japan logs biggest trade deficit for 1st-half of fiscal year

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The March earthquake and tsunami resulted in Japan's biggest ever trade deficit for the first half of a fiscal year, but the latest data showed exports continuing to recover in September following their sharp fall after the disaster, the government said Monday.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu092000c.html
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      Jiji press

      2-Stage Consumption Tax Hike Likely: Japan Vice Minister

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102400165

      Japan Fixed Property Tax Revenue to Fall by Record 400 B. Yen

      Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's fixed property tax revenues in fiscal 2012 will fall by some 400 billion yen from the previous year, the largest annual decline ever, a government estimate shows.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102400421

      Japan to Strengthen Tsunami Damage Prevention Steps

      Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's land ministry plans to revise the flood prevention law to strengthen steps aimed at reducing tsunami damage, ministry officials said Monday.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102400700

      German Survivor of Tsunami Delivers Thank-You Message to Lifesaver

      Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--More than seven months after the lives of his family was saved from high walls of water, a thank-you message from Juergen Spielberg of Dusseldorf finally reached the Japanese man who helped them out of the killer tsunami touched off by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan in March.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102400822
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      Sankei news

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        Govt to reject personnel authority's wage cut

        .....However, the government had previously submitted a bill to the Diet in June this year seeking an average 7.8 percent cut in wages and bonuses. It was designed to secure enough funds to rebuild areas hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

        Tuesday, October 25, 2011 16:19 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_23.html
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        Yomiuri online

        Property tax revenue to fall 400 billion yen in fiscal 2012

        The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has estimated that total revenue from property tax will decrease by 400 billion yen in fiscal 2012 from the previous year.

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111024005115.htm

        1.67 tril. yen trade deficit in 1st half of FY11

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111024003843.htm

        IN THE NEWS / Miyu sings message of hope

        MORIOKA--Vocalist Miyu of the girls group Zone performed live on Oct. 14 for students of Kesen Middle School in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture, hoping to inspire them to hold on to their dreams.

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111024002725.htm

        Miyako seawall height to be raised / Iwate prefectural govt plans to increase to 14.7 meters to safeguard residents

        MORIOKA--The Iwate prefectural government plans to increase the height of the huge seawalls in the Taro district of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, as it repairs the damage from the massive March 11 tsunami, it has been learned.

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111024004201.htm
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        AJW

        BOJ to cut growth projections for fiscal 2011, 2012

        http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy/AJ2011102515733

        Trade deficit for entire fiscal year now looks likely

        http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...J2011102515748

        School trips to disaster areas offer sobering sights

        As junior high school student Yu Maeda stood atop a 10-meter high coastal levee in Iwate Prefecture that the tsunami swept over on March 11 and looked out over the devastated city of Miyako, he saw a sight he will never forget.
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        Award-winning child actor thanks people of Miyagi

        Award-winning 12-year-old actor Hajime Yoshii expressed his gratitude to the people of quake-hit Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, at a news conference Oct. 24 in Tokyo.

        http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_japan/AJ2011102515692

        School turned museum recalls Showa-era shopping street

        MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--A fitting venue, an old school here built more than 70 years ago, now houses a popular local museum that recreates a shopping street from the Showa Era (1926-1989), when the facility itself was in its heyday.

        http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_japan/AJ2011102315552
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        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

        Perfect game proof of triumph of will over adversity for amateur Sendai pitcher

        OSAKA -- For amateur pitcher Toshiharu Moriuchi, who hurled a perfect game for his JR East Tohoku team in the 82nd Intercity Baseball Tournament on Oct. 24, victory was not just sweet; it was proof of the triumph of will over adversity.

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

        Gov't OKs report promoting TPP for makers hit by high yen, quake

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda Tuesday adopted a white paper calling for a conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership and other free trade pacts to strengthen competitiveness of manufacturers rocked by the higher yen and the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu112000c.html

        Bill to create reconstruction agency to give minister strong power

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Legislation to create an agency to oversee the reconstruction of areas damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami would grant the minister in charge the power to recommend other Cabinet ministers take action to solve problems, according to its full text obtained Monday.

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

        Traditional 'kagura' dancers bring cheer to disaster evacuees

        ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- Traditional "kagura" dancers performed to flutes and drums at a temporary housing neighborhood here on Oct. 23, entertaining an audience of around 100 with their powerful display.

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

        Gov't reaffirms plan to shun personnel authority's pay proposal

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government on Tuesday reconfirmed its plan not to implement a proposed slight reduction in salaries for national government employees and instead seek enactment of a bill aimed at cutting their salaries by far more to secure funds for reconstruction projects from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, officials said.

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm084000c.html

        2 calves touted as 'rays of hope' at tsunami-ravaged agriculture high school in Miyagi

        NATORI, Miyagi -- Two calves born from dairy cattle that had miraculously survived the March 11 tsunami arrived at a barn built here next to a temporary school building for Miyagi Prefectural Agricultural High School, with students welcoming and touting the animals as "rays of hope."

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

        Govt Decides Not to Adopt Agency's Proposal on Govt Worker Pay

        Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government, in a very rare move, decided Tuesday not to adopt the National Personnel Authority's proposal to cut salaries of national civil servants by 0.23 pct on average for fiscal 2011 that ends in March next year.

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102500351

        Double-Loan Relief Guidelines to Cover More Disaster Victims

        Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese banking industry plan to expand the scope of existing guidelines for rescuing individuals who were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and have been forced to take on additional housing and other loans, informed sources have said.

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102500389

        DBJ to Lend 500 B. Yen to Boost Japan Industries, Reconstruction Efforts

        Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Development Bank of Japan said Tuesday it has allocated 500 billion yen for a loan program aimed at making domestic companies competitive and helping reconstruction efforts following the March 11 disaster.

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102500660

        Japan to Create 500,000 Jobs

        Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan will create some 500,000 jobs in areas including those devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the labor ministry said Tuesday.

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102501022
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        Sankei news

        Civil Aviation College - Sendai Branch reopens on 25 Oct

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          Ibaraki population posts sharp drop

          Statistics show that the population of Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, fell sharply after the March 11th disaster in northeastern Japan.
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          Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:35 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/26_14.html
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          Yomiuri online

          Miyagi communities on verge of extinction

          SENDAI--Small communities tucked in the deep coves of Oshika Peninsula in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, hard hit by the March 11 tsunami, are struggling against extinction.

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111025004799.htm

          Storehouse that survived tsunami to be preserved

          ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi--A century-old storehouse in Ishinomaki that somehow survived the March 11 tsunami, will be preserved with the support of building experts and enthusiasts across the country.
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          AJW

          Tourism Agency to pay airfare for 10,000 tourists

          Soon, once-empty airplanes will be filled with 10,000 foreign tourists heading to Japan, courtesy of free airfare provided by the Japan Tourism Agency.

          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy/AJ2011102615769

          Noda to take 30-percent pay cut to push tax hikes

          Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will slash his salary by 30 percent in an attempt to win public approval of an 11.2-trillion-yen ($147 billion) tax hike for post-quake reconstruction work, sources said.

          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J2011102615807

          Disaster-stricken schools share experiences via Internet

          Through the magic of video conferencing, elementary schools in Japan, Australia and New Zealand on Oct. 26 linked up to share their experiences during a recent spate of natural disasters.

          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J2011102615841
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          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

          Domestic white goods shipments up in April-Sept. to highest in decade

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The value of home electronics, or white goods, shipped in Japan rose 1.4 percent in the April to September period from a year earlier to 1.20 trillion yen, marking the highest level in a decade, an industry body said Tuesday.

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

          Hitachi revises upward its April-Sept. earnings estimates

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Hitachi Ltd. said Wednesday it has revised upward its earnings projections for the April-September period due chiefly to a faster-than-expected recovery of its manufacturing bases that were paralyzed by the March 11 disaster.

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu094000c.html

          U.N. body hopes Japan will promote importance of disaster preparedness

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.N. Development Program hopes Japan will help promote the importance of antidisaster preparedness among other countries based on its harsh experience from the March earthquake and tsunami, its senior official told a recent interview.

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

          Japan tsunami debris floating toward Hawaii

          HONOLULU (AP) -- Up to 20 million tons of tsunami debris floating from Japan could arrive on Hawaii's shores by early 2013, before reaching the West Coast, according to estimates by University of Hawaii scientists.

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

          Japan to improve tsunami warnings following March 11 disaster

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japan Meteorological Agency on Wednesday proposed to improve tsunami warnings, after learning lessons from the March 11 disaster in which tsunami waves were underestimated in initial warnings.

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm070000c.html

          Volunteers lend an ear to brighten lives of earthquake victims

          MORIOKA -- A volunteer organization here is helping earthquake and tsunami victims recover from their devastating experience by simply being there for them to listen to their stories.

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

          Police take steps to prevent bicycle accidents as number of riders increases after quake

          Japanese police have finally decided to take comprehensive measures to prevent bicycle accidents after going through many legal twists and turns over the last 50 years, as more people are turning to bicycles to commute to schools and offices in the wake of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

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

          Cardboard beds to keep quake victims warm, comfortable in winter

          RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- A unique idea to distribute cardboard beds at temporary housing units here aims to keep evacuees warm throughout the cold winter to ensure they have a good night's sleep.

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

          Hitachi Ups Earnings Estimates on Early Recovery from Disaster

          Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Hitachi Ltd. <6501> on Wednesday revised up its group earnings forecasts for April-September, helped chiefly by early recovery of its automotive products plant hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami.

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011102600433

          Japan Automobile Output Down 5.7 Pct in Sept.

          Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Automobile production in Japan by eight major domestic makers dropped 5.7 pct from a year before to 835,997 units in September, according to data they released Wednesday.

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011102600724

          (Update) Japan Auto Output Down 19.2 Pct in April-Sept.

          Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Automobile production in Japan by eight major domestic makers dropped 19.2 pct from a year before to 3,696,170 units in April-September first half of fiscal 2011, according to data they released on Wednesday.

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011102600857
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          Sankei news

          Miyagi police searching Suginoshita port
          Kesennuma city, Miyagi pref

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            PM, ministers to face wage cuts starting November

            Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his cabinet have agreed to take pay cuts starting next month.

            Thursday, October 27, 2011 00:30 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_03.html

            Japan to internationally pledge tax hike

            Japan appears set to pledge to the world that it will double its consumption tax rate to 10 percent.

            Thursday, October 27, 2011 04:57 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_07.html

            Government to send expert staff to disaster zone

            The Japanese government plans to send staff with expertise in civil engineering and construction to help rebuild areas hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
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            Thursday, October 27, 2011 09:40 +0900 (JST)
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            Bhutan's newly wedded royal couple to visit Tohoku

            The king of the Himalayan nation of Bhutan has said he hopes to visit areas hit by the March disaster when he travels to Japan next month.
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            Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:39 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_16.html

            Mental health center for children in disaster zone

            Japanese mental health experts will set up a psychological care center to help children who survived the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
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            Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:45 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_19.html

            BOJ expands easy money policy

            Thursday, October 27, 2011 15:18 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_28.html

            Hong Kong actor appointed Japan tourism ambassador

            Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang has been made a goodwill envoy to promote tourism to disaster-hit Japan.

            Thursday, October 27, 2011 19:43 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_33.html
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            Yomiuri online

            Tohoku expwys to be toll-free from Dec.

            Tolls will be abolished for all vehicles on several sections of expressways in the Tohoku region from December as part of efforts to help areas recovering from the March 11 disaster, the transport ministry has announced.
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            New figures show extent of quake's impact on car industry

            Japan's eight major automakers all reported year-on-year falls in production during the first half of fiscal 2011, according to figures released Oct. 26.

            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...J2011102715884
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            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

            Japan automakers' domestic output, sales fall in April-Sept.

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- All eight major Japanese automakers reported Wednesday year-on-year falls in domestic vehicle output and sales for the April to September period due to the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster and brisk year-before sales prior to the termination of subsidies for eco-friendly cars.

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

            DPJ panels aim to detail sales tax hike plan by mid-December

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Two tax panels of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan agreed Wednesday to work out the details of a planned consumption tax increase and social security reforms by mid-December.

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

            89 gangsters received post-quake welfare loans, claim police

            MIYAGI -- Eighty-nine gangsters have received post-quake welfare loans here, police told the prefecture's social welfare organization on Oct. 27, warning that the number of illegal recipients could be even higher.

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

            Disaster Areas Increasingly Concerned about Fire at Temp Houses

            Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--Local authorities in northeastern Japan areas ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are increasingly concerned about the risk of fire at temporary housing complexes, which have a terrace-style, thin-walled design, as more and more residents turn to oil heaters with the approach of winter.

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102700666
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            Sankei news

            wash flags for fisherman
            Kesennuma city, Miyagi pref

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              JMA

              03:07 JST 28 Oct 2011 37.8N 144.3E 10 km M5.4 Sanriku Oki

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              Flood prevention law to be revised

              The land and infrastructure ministry has decided to revise the flood prevention law to ensure the safety of waterworks personnel and volunteers.

              Friday, October 28, 2011 11:15 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_15.html

              Disaster-relief bases at highway service areas

              A Japanese expressway operator says it will store emergency supplies at its service areas around Tokyo to provide earthquake evacuees with shelter and rescue workers with gathering points.

              Friday, October 28, 2011 11:32 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_16.html

              Tohoku recovery bill endorsed

              The government will submit a bill to the Diet on Friday to promote recovery in regions hit by the March disaster. The bill includes tax breaks and various measures to ease regulations.
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              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_22.html

              NHK shares disaster coverage experience

              The head of NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, has told a conference of public broadcasters how it responded to the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

              Friday, October 28, 2011 15:29 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_23.html

              Noda urges lawmakers to pass budget bill soon

              Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has urged lawmakers to cooperate on passing budget-related bills soon, to accelerate rebuilding of regions hit by the March disaster and tackle the strong yen.

              Friday, October 28, 2011 15:46 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_24.html
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              Yomiuri online

              IN THE NEWS / Retired officer takes aim at disasters

              KOFU--After reaching the mandatory retirement age in the Maritime Self-Defense Force, Isao Miki started working this month as an official in charge of disaster management at the city government of Minami-Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture--his hometown.

              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111027005465.htm
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              NPOs get creative in helping disaster victims

              A nonprofit organization (NPO) is proving that good benches make good neighbors at a temporary housing facility in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, where evacuees of the Great East Japan Earthquake are adjusting to their new lives.

              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J2011102415655

              Cherry trees to mark tsunami danger zone in Rikuzentakata

              Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture--Disaster survivors and volunteers here plan to plant 17,300 cherry trees to mark the farthest points inland where the tsunami reached on March 11.
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              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

              Sept. jobless rate drops to 4.1% amid recovery from March quake

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in September from 4.3 percent in August on the back of the country's economic recovery from the March 11 megaquake and tsunami, the government said Friday.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu115000c.html

              Japan's industrial output falls for 1st time in 6 months

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's industrial production fell a bigger-than-expected 4.0 percent in September from the previous month for the first drop in six months, reflecting the yen's recent steep appreciation and weakening overseas demand, government data showed Friday.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu117000c.html

              Noda to pledge sales tax hike at G-20 Cannes summit

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will pledge at the summit of the Group of 20 major economies in early November that Japan will raise its consumption tax rate to 10 percent from the current 5 percent in stages by around 2015, government sources said Thursday.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm012000c.html

              New gov't panel to map out Japan's revitalization plan by year-end

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government's national strategy council kicked off its first meeting Friday and decided to craft a medium- and long-term vision for Japan, tentatively called ''Japan Revitalization Strategy,'' by the end of this year.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm065000c.html

              Salaries of premier, ministers to be cut to finance reconstruction

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda decided Friday to cut his salary by 30 percent and that of Cabinet ministers and senior vice ministers by 20 percent starting November to finance reconstruction works in the March disaster-ravaged areas.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm066000c.html

              Gov't submits 12 tril. yen extra budget to Diet

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government on Friday submitted to the Diet a draft 12.10 trillion yen (some $160 billion) third extra budget for fiscal 2011 that would finance additional work to rebuild northeastern areas of Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm067000c.html
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              Jiji press

              Japan Formally Decides Not to Follow Agency's Pay Recommendation

              Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting Friday formalized its decision not to follow the National Personnel Authority's proposal to cut pay for national civil servants by 0.23 pct on average in fiscal 2011, a rare move reflecting its plan to adopt a wider cut to secure resources for postdisaster reconstruction.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102800326

              Japan Govt Submits Bill for Securing Reconstruction Funds

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102800443

              Noda Seeks Cooperation for Early Budget Passage

              Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday called on the ruling and opposition parties to join hands to enact the government's fiscal 2011 third supplementary budget worth over 12 trillion yen at an early date in a bid to accelerate postdisaster reconstruction.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102800459

              Japan Govt Adopts Bill to Set Up Special Reconstruction Zones

              Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting Friday adopted a bill to set up special zones featuring deregulation and other preferential measures in order to speed up reconstruction after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102800507

              Japan to Waive Visa Fees for Foreign Travelers to Disaster Areas

              Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government decided Friday to waive visa fees for foreigners who visit three disaster-hit northeastern prefectures to help shore up the tattering local tourism industries.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102800682

              Japan to Cut Prime Minister's Pay by 30 Pct from Nov.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102800725

              Japan Govt Debt to Reach 1,024 T. Yen by End-March 2012

              Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--The balance of Japanese central government debt is expected to reach a record 1,024,104.7 billion yen at the end of March 2012, government documents showed on Friday.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011102801000
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              • Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                Japan's national debt to exceed $13.5 trillion

                Japan's national debt is likely to top 1,000 trillion yen, or 13.1 trillion dollars, for the first time at the end of the current fiscal year next March.

                Saturday, October 29, 2011 09:47 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_11.html
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                Yomiuri online

                Search goes on for Miyagi tsunami victims

                SENDAI--An intensive search for people missing since the March 11 tsunami has started in Miyagi Prefecture, and although Japan Coast Guard captain Hirofumi Onodera knows the possibility of finding bodies is fading, he refuses to give up hope.

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111028004952.htm

                Library for kids to open next to 'cedar of hope'

                MORIOKA--A private library is to be opened next month near the giant Japanese cedar in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture, that was dubbed "the cedar of hope" after it survived the March 11 tsunami.

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111028004946.htm

                ANALYSIS / Noda's speech focused on short-term

                Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's policy speech focused on pressing issues, such as the early passage of the fiscal 2011 third supplementary budget and related bills, and measures to combat the yen's appreciation.

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111028006011.htm

                Noda calls for unity to aid recovery

                Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday called on opposition parties to cooperate on the early passage of the third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 and a bill designed to raise reconstruction funds via income and corporate tax hikes.

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111028005842.htm
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                SOCCER/ J.League banners subject to approval at some venues

                There's a worrying trend afoot at Japan's soccer stadiums, with some clubs effectively showing freedom of speech the red card.

                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sports/AJ2011102915998

                Entrepreneur develops additive to desalinate tsunami-hit farmland

                A Kyoto startup has developed a soil additive that it says can revive farmland devastated by salty tsunami water in about four weeks.
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                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                130 temporary housing complexes lack fire protection water sources

                KAMAISHI (Kyodo) -- A Kyodo News survey showed Saturday that at least 130 out of 885 temporary housing complexes in the March disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima are not equipped with fire hydrants or water tanks within the mandated distance.

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

                Opposition blasts Noda's policy speech as lacking specific steps

                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Opposition parties blasted Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's policy speech Friday for its failure to present concrete measures for the government to tackle various challenges, saying his address was filled with vague commitments.

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm012000c.html

                ANA posts 12&#37; operating profit fall in fiscal 1st half

                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- All Nippon Airways Co. reported Friday a group operating profit fall of 11.8 percent from a year earlier to 50.13 billion yen in the April-September period as a recovery in air traffic demand remained slow and the cost of jet fuel rose.

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

                Hino Motors group net profit falls 90% in April-Sept.

                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Hino Motors Ltd. said Friday its group net profit plunged 89.8 percent to 594 million yen for the April to September period due largely to adverse effects of the March earthquake and tsunami.

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

                40-million-yen donation for quake victims found in city hall toilet

                HACHINOHE, Aomori -- An anonymous donor has left a bag containing 40 million yen in an administrative building here, accompanied by a letter that said the money is for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, city hall officials said.

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

                Fisherman catches bag with 11 million yen in cash off Iwate

                OFUNATO, Iwate -- A fisherman here has made an unusual catch -- a bag packed with 11 million yen in cash that was probably washed away by the tsunami, city officials said on Oct. 29.

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na014000c.html
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                15:24 JST 29 Oct 2011 38.2N 142.0E 50 km M4.9 Miyagi-ken Oki

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

                  Loans worth $8.4-bil allowed delayed repayment

                  Financial institutions allowed deferred repayment and other easing measures for more than 8.4 billion dollars of loans extended to those affected by the March disaster in northeastern Japan.
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                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_14.html
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                  Yomiuri online

                  First tsunami disaster drill held in Tokyo

                  The Tokyo metropolitan government conducted a comprehensive disaster drill Saturday, its first to envision a tsunami occurring in Tokyo Bay.

                  http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111029002182.htm

                  40 million yen left in toilet as March 11 donation

                  HACHINOHE, Aomori--An anonymous donor left 40 million yen in cash in a public toilet at the Hachinohe municipal government office in Aomori Prefecture with a note asking that the money be given to four prefectures affected by the March 11 disaster, according to city officials.

                  http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111029002178.htm
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                  AJW

                  40 million yen for disaster victims found in Aomori restroom

                  HACHINOHE, Aomori Prefecture--A bag found in a city hall restroom contained 40 million yen ($512,000) in cash and a letter asking municipal officials to use the money to help victims of the March 11 disaster.

                  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...J2011102916119
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                  Hongo area Toni town
                  Kamaishi city, Iwate pref

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

                    Japanese authorities intervene in money market

                    .....The Japanese authorities are concerned that a stronger yen will squeeze exporters' profits and slow the recovery of the domestic economy after the March 11th disaster.

                    Monday, October 31, 2011 11:14 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/31_19.html

                    Disaster zone expecting fewer trainee doctors

                    Hospitals in quake-struck northeastern Japan are seeing a drop in the number of medical school graduates wanting to undergo training at their facilities.

                    Monday, October 31, 2011 11:25 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/31_17.html

                    Azumi suggests massive market intervention

                    ......Azumi said the market situation is unreasonable, as parts supply chains have been restored and employees have begun to return to work in areas hit hard by the March 11th disaster in northeastern Japan.

                    Monday, October 31, 2011 13:20 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/31_22.html

                    Shirakawa hopes yen rate to stabilize

                    .....Shirakawa told reporters on Monday that he is very aware of the risks posed by the historic high yen. He mentioned the impact on corporate performance and import, and efforts to rebuild regions hit by the March 11th earthquake.

                    Monday, October 31, 2011 19:36 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/31_37.html
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                    Graduate student elected to assembly in quake-hit town

                    In her new job of pushing policies to revive a town suffering from an aging population and earthquake damage, Haruka Kuwahara will have to take time off to attend classes.

                    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...J2011103116156

                    Fire extinguisher in bottle big hit with consumers

                    In what amounts to a reverse Molotov Cocktail, a firm in Aichi Prefecture has come out with an easy-to-use fire extinguisher that has become a big hit with consumers.

                    The extinguisher is thrown at a fire to put it out. (Provided by J-Style)

                    The fire is put out a few seconds later. (Provided by J-Style)
                    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...J2011102115437

                    Oyster harvest begins in tsunami-hit Miyagi Prefecture

                    ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Oyster harvesting began on Oct. 29 in Miyagi Prefecture from among the few farms that escaped damage from the March 11 tsunami.

                    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J2011102916112
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                    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                    Japan steps into market as yen surges to postwar records

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu073000c.html

                    Mitsubishi Electric sees 2&#37; fall in April-Sept. net profit

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu107000c.html

                    Miyagi-bred oyster sales begin for 1st time since March quake, tsunami

                    SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Oysters grown on aquafarms off Miyagi Prefecture were traded on Sunday for the first time since the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged Japan's second-largest oyster producing region.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm002000c.html

                    ANA gives 200 kids from quake-hit areas ride on Boeing 787 Dreamliner

                    SENDAI (Kyodo) -- All Nippon Airways Co. gave some 200 kids from two of the three prefectures most ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami a free ride aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Sunday, four days after its commercial flight debut.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm055000c.html

                    Shizuoka fisherman gives own boat to fisherman in tsunami-hit Miyagi town

                    SHIMODA, Shizuoka -- A man here says that no one can understand how hard it is for fishermen to be away from the sea but people like him -- fellow fishermen. To help tsunami-stricken Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, the man has donated his boat to allow a fellow fisherman there to return to sea.

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

                    Disaster-area temple offers volunteers place to rest for winter

                    RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- A temple in this tsunami-hit area is offering volunteers a place to rest as approaching winter cold reduces the number of buses offering same-day returns.

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

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                    Taiheiyo Cement to Resume Production in Disaster-Hit Ofunato

                    Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Taiheiyo Cement Corp. <5233> said Monday its plant in the city of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, one of the regions hit hardest by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, will resume cement production on Friday.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011103100778

                    Toshiba's Operating Profit Down 23.4 Pct in 1st Half

                    Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Toshiba Corp. <6502> said Monday its group operating profit in April-September dropped 23.4 pct from a year before to 80,247 million yen, affected by the March 11 disaster and the yen's sharp appreciation.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011103100824

                    (UPDATE) Toshiba's Operating Profit Down 23.4 Pct in 1st Half

                    Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Toshiba Corp. <6502> said Monday its group operating profit in April-September dropped 23.4 pct from a year before to 80,247 million yen, affected by the March 11 disaster and the yen's sharp appreciation.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011103100982

                    INTERVIEW: U.S. Sociologist Vogel Underscores Japan's Strength

                    Washington, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Noted U.S. sociologist Ezra Vogel underscored the strength of Japan in a recent telephone interview with Jiji Press.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011103100444

                    Noda Negative on Major Extension of Quake Bond Redemption Period

                    Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday sounded negative on a Liberal Democratic Party proposal to substantially extend the redemption period of planned postdisaster reconstruction government bonds.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011103100620

                    (Update) MOF Ups Japan's Regional Economic View for 2nd Quarter

                    Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--The Ministry of Finance on Monday revised up its overall assessment of Japan's regional economies in July-September for the second straight quarter.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011103100795

                    Japan Economy Seen to Have Grown 6.3 Pct in July-Sept.

                    Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Think tanks expect Japan's economy to have grown at an annual rate of 6.3 pct in July-September on the average, the first rise in four quarters, recovering from a slump in the wake of March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011103101045
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                    Kamaishi city, Iwate pref
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                    • Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                      Govt approves reconstruction agency bill

                      Japan's Cabinet approved a bill on Tuesday to create a reconstruction agency to speed up the rebuilding of areas hit by the March quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

                      Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:39 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_16.html

                      New Year's greeting cards go on sale

                      New Year's greeting cards with lottery prizes for 2012 went on sale on Tuesday at post offices across Japan.

                      At a ceremony in central Tokyo, Japan Post Service President Shinichi Nabekura said the March 11th disaster reminded people of the importance of human ties.

                      Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:53 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_19.html

                      Govt lowers land assessments for disaster zone

                      The government has lowered its land price assessments for areas of northeastern Japan affected by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
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                      Yomiuri online

                      Govt hopes intl talks will bring back visitors

                      The government plans to hold various events demonstrating the nation's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake in tandem with the 2012 annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Tokyo.

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111031004696.htm

                      Govt intervenes on yen / Dollar-buying prompted by postwar high in Oceania

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T111031005174.htm

                      Newborns bring hope to life / Parents welcome babies as symbols of recovery in difficult year

                      Of the births that occurred in Japan on Monday, the day the world's population topped 7 billion, many were to parents who have suffered as a result of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis.

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111031005277.htm

                      Ministry to adopt remote control floodgate system / New gates will close Class 1 rivers safely, securely

                      The infrastructure ministry has decided to introduce a remote control system for all the floodgates on major rivers emptying into the Pacific Ocean, as part of its tsunami safety measures.

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111031004581.htm
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                      AJW

                      Dalai Lama delivers sermon at Mount Koyasan

                      The Dalai Lama gave a sermon at Wakayama Prefecture's Mount Koyasan, one of the most sacred sites in Japanese Buddhism, on Oct 31, during his first visit to the area in 31 years.
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                      Murakami leads artists in auction for quake victims

                      NEW YORK--Some of the finest artists in the world have pooled their considerable talents along with renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in a charity auction to benefit victims of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

                      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_ja...J2011103116222

                      'Fairy-tale road' planned for stricken towns in Iwate

                      Researchers of famed writer Kenji Miyazawa have proposed creating the Japanese version of the German Fairy-tale Road in Iwate Prefecture to help areas recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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                      ANIME NEWS: Nerima animation carnival set for Nov. 19-20

                      With thoughts on the devastation from the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, this year's Nerima Anime Carnival 2011 will be conducted under the slogan "Let anime be the power to reconstruct Japan."

                      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_ja...J2011110116179

                      Murofushi thanks Miyagi students for inspiration

                      Athens Olympic hammer throw gold-medalist Koji Murofushi visited a junior high school in disaster-affected Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Oct. 31 to cheer up victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and to thank them for providing inspiration.
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                      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                      Soccer: North Korea call up Sendai's Ryang for World Cup qualifier vs Japan

                      SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Vegalta Sendai midfielder Ryang Yong Gi was called up by North Korea on Monday for their upcoming World Cup qualifier at home against Japan.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/sport...sp135000c.html

                      Renesas Electronics logs group net loss of 42 bil. yen for April-Sept.

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Renesas Electronics Corp. on Monday reported a consolidated net loss of 42.01 billion yen for the April-September period as the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disrupted the major semiconductor maker's manufacturing activities for some time.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu109000c.html

                      Fuji Heavy reports 27% fall in group net profit in April-Sept.

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru brand cars, reported Tuesday a group net profit of 32.75 billion yen for the April-September first half, down 26.5 percent from the year before, citing supply chains disruption after the March 11 earthquake and the profit-eating strong yen for the decline.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu112000c.html

                      Japanese manufacturers see April-September profit halved

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Among 282 major Japanese companies which had released their earnings reports for the April-September term by last Friday, manufacturers logged a 50.3 percent year-on-yen plunge in net profit as the March 11 earthquake and tsunami affected production, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. said Monday.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu118000c.html

                      Oct. auto sales log 1st year-on-year gain in 14 months

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- New vehicle sales, including minivehicles, in the first 28 days of October totaled around 305,000 units, topping the 304,328 units sold in the whole month last year for the first year-on-year rise in 14 months, according to data obtained from an industry body Monday.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu122000c.html

                      Hitachi group net profit plunges 68% in April-Sept.

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Hitachi Ltd. said Tuesday its group net profit for the April-September period plunged 67.8 percent from a year earlier to 50.95 billion yen, due mainly to supply chain disruptions caused by the March 11 disaster and a strong yen.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu126000c.html

                      Japan proposes U.N. members seek new accord on disaster reduction

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan proposed Monday to the United Nations that member countries seek a new international accord on disaster reduction as an outcome of a key conference on sustainable development slated for next June in Brazil by sharing lessons learned from Japan's March earthquake-tsunami disaster.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm002000c.html

                      Summer bonuses fall by average 0.8%, 1st decline in 2 years

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Summer bonuses fell an average 0.8 percent from the year before to 364,252 yen, marking the first decline in two years, the government said Tuesday.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm082000c.html

                      Man pleads guilty to pretending to be doctor in disaster-hit area

                      SENDAI (Kyodo) -- A 42-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of pretending to be a licensed doctor in an area hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm084000c.html

                      Cabinet OKs bill to create reconstruction agency, seeks March launch

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill to create an agency to oversee the reconstruction of areas damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, with the aim of launching it by the first anniversary of the disaster next year.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm087000c.html

                      Land prices to plunge in disaster-hit northeastern Japan

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government on Tuesday released land price adjustment rates for inheritance and donation tax calculations for northeastern Japan, devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, indicating heavy land price falls in the region.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm088000c.html

                      Land price cuts hit areas devastated by quake disaster

                      Land price assessments based on new adjustment rates have dropped as much as 80 percent in some areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami -- easing inheritance and donation tax for some residents but leaving those who have invested money into their properties uncertain about the future.

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

                      Japan Summer Bonuses Fall 0.8 Pct

                      Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--Summer bonuses paid in Japan this year fell 0.8 pct from the previous year to 364,252 yen on average, the first decline in two years, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday.

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011110100166

                      Japan Disaster-Area Land Prices Fall by Maximum 80 Pct

                      Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--Land prices in Japanese areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami fell by a maximum 80 pct, the National Tax Agency said Tuesday.

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011110100370

                      Japan Govt OKs Bill to Set Up Reconstruction Agency

                      Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government approved at a cabinet meeting Tuesday a bill to govern the envisaged agency to carry out reconstruction projects in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011110100463
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                        Seasonal "Tori-no-ichi" fair in Tokyo

                        The annual rooster fair known as "tori-no-ichi" is under way in downtown Tokyo. The event signals the coming of winter.

                        .....Some of them feature replicas of star players on Japan women's soccer team, which won the world title this year. Others come with messages encouraging reconstruction in the areas hit by the March disaster.
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                        Yomiuri online

                        Cherry trees to mark tsunami

                        Local residents in areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake have launched projects to plant cherry trees or place stone monuments to mark the reach of the March 11 tsunami.

                        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111101004021.htm
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                        Manga explores human feelings in aftermath of March 11

                        ICHINOSEKI, Iwate Prefecture--On March 11, manga creator Aruto Asuka rode out the powerful shaking that rattled her home here in Ichinoseki. She spent the next five days in her blacked-out dwelling with no electricity or telephone, worrying about the fate of a friend in Ofunato on the tsunami-ravaged Sanriku Coast.
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                        Mainichi jp(kyodo, AP)

                        Casio's group net profit falls 64.5&#37; in April-Sept.

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Casio Computer Co. said Tuesday its group net profit in the April-September period fell 64.5 percent from a year earlier to 907 million yen, partly hurt by a decline in demand from corporate clients following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and despite robust retail sales of its brand-name watches overseas.

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

                        U.S. new car sales up 7.5% in Oct., Toyota still suffers fall

                        NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- New car sales in the United States in October increased 7.5 percent from a year earlier, but Toyota Motor Corp.'s sales continued to suffer in the aftermath of the March disaster, according to data released Tuesday by a U.S. research firm.

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

                        Oct. auto sales jump 25% on year for 1st rise in 14 months

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu094000c.html

                        Sony headed for fourth straight year in the red

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu125000c.html

                        U.N. body seeks enhanced cooperation with Japan on disaster response

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A U.N. body that coordinates international offers of help after major disasters on Tuesday called for closer cooperation with Japan in responding to future disasters by applying lessons from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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

                        Vietnam leader offers to proactively accept investment from Japan

                        .....The Vietnamese prime minister also met with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday and discussed with them his visit the previous day to Miyagi Prefecture's Natori, which was hit by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm123000c.html
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                        Jiji press

                        Cosmo Oil Revises Down Net Profit Target to 13 B. Yen

                        Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--Cosmo Oil Co. <5007> said Wednesday it has revised down its group net profit estimate for the year ending in March 2012 to 13 billion yen from the previously projected 28 billion yen.

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011110200888

                        4 of 8 Major Japan Electronics Makers Log Net Losses in April-Sept.

                        Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--Four of Japan's eight major electronics makers logged group net losses in April-September due to the yen's sharp rise and sluggish television operations coupled with the negative effects of the March 11 disaster.

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011110201048

                        Russian Orthodox Bishop Hoping to Visit Miyagi

                        Moscow, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--Patriarch Kirill, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, said Tuesday that he is hoping to visit Japan next year including Miyagi, one of the three northeastern prefectures hardest hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011110200369
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                          APEC disaster preparedness

                          ......On November 11th, the region's foreign ministers and others will discuss ways to better prepare for natural disasters in view of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the recent flooding in Thailand.

                          Thursday, November 03, 2011 12:21 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_16.html

                          Noda in Cannes for G20

                          .....Noda also said he would explain to the other leaders Japan's currency market intervention to prop up the yen. He said the yen's unreasonable appreciation is adversely affecting Japan's economy at a time when it is trying to rebuild from the March 11th disaster.

                          Thursday, November 03, 2011 16:25 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_21.html
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                          disaster drill in Osaka
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                          Sony to post 4th straight loss due to ailing TV division

                          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...J2011110316425

                          Kirin ships 1st batch of beer brewed in Sendai since March 11

                          SENDAI--Kirin Brewery Co. on Nov. 2 shipped its first batch of beer brewed in Sendai since its plant there was wrecked by the March 11 tsunami.

                          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...J2011110316483
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                          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                          Disaster-hit Kirin brewery resumes shipment

                          SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Kirin Brewery Co.'s Sendai brewery in Miyagi Prefecture resumed beer shipment Wednesday for the first time since it was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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

                          Toray group net profit jumps 61&#37; in April-Sept.

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu051000c.html

                          Japan intervention could face opposition from G-20 members

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

                          Japan's July-Sept. GDP estimated to have grown annualized 6.2%

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

                          Special account for reconstruction to be created in FY 2012

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The ruling and main opposition parties agreed Wednesday to create a special account for reconstruction work in fiscal 2012 for rebuilding from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, lawmakers said.

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

                          'Tiger Mask' donates schoolbags, stationery sets to city in Gunma

                          ANNAKA, Gunma -- An anonymous giver going by the name of "Tiger Mask" has donated two new schoolbags and two stationery sets to the Gunma Prefecture city of Annaka, city officials announced on Nov. 2.

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na008000c.html
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                          disaster drill in Osaka
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                          new cargo sorting area in Ishonomaki port, Miyagi pref

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                            Yomiuri online

                            Nursery schools to e-mail, tweet parents in times of disaster

                            Municipalities in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures have decided to adopt Internet-based emergency notification systems to alert parents of their children's safety during disasters, based on lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111103004717.htm
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                            Automakers increase efforts to control minicar market

                            Competition is intensifying in the growing market for inexpensive minicars in Japan, where consumers continue to watch their budgets following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster.

                            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...J2011110416590
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                            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                            Atmospheric waves soon after March quake observed, offering hope for predictions

                            Atmospheric waves expanding immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake were observed by researchers, paving the way for predicting tsunami from space.

                            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na011000c.html

                            Campaign for Miyagi prefectural assembly starts after 7-month delay

                            SENDAI -- Campaigning for the Miyagi Prefectural Assembly election got under way on Nov. 4 after a delay of about seven months due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the prefecture's coastal region.

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

                            Japan Oil Distributors Enjoy Higher Sales

                            Tokyo, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japan's three major oil distributors enjoyed group sales growth in the April-September first half of fiscal 2011, buoyed by soaring crude oil prices.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011110400587

                            Major Japan Broadcasters Suffer Revenue Falls in 1st Half

                            Tokyo, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)--Four major Japanese commercial television networks suffered year-on-year falls in group revenue in the April-September first half of fiscal 2011, reflecting drops in ad revenue in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011110400937

                            Ajinomoto Expects Record Operating Profit in FY2011

                            Tokyo, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)--Ajinomoto Co. <2802> said Friday its group operating profit for the current fiscal year is seen reaching a record 71 billion yen, due mainly to reduced business promotion costs in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011110400660

                            Two Major Beer Makers Incur Sales Drops in Jan.-Sept.

                            Tokyo, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)--Two of three major Japanese beer makers incurred lower group sales in January-September partly due to supply disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011110400763

                            Japan to Strive for Consumption Tax Hike: G-20 Action Plan

                            Cannes, France, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japan will strive to implement a plan to gradually increase the consumption tax rate to 10 pct from the current 5 pct by the mid-2010s, a Group of 20 action plan said Friday.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011110500028
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                            cement plant restarts at Ofunato city, Iwate pref

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                              Dalai Lama attends memorial for disaster victims

                              Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has attended a memorial service for victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
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                              Saturday, November 05, 2011 13:45 +0900 (JST)
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                              People participate in tsunami prevention drills

                              People across Japan have participated in disaster prevention drills.

                              Saturday, November 05, 2011 16:14 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_24.html

                              Edano supports Japan's participation in TPP talks

                              .....At a lecture he gave at Waseda University in Tokyo on Saturday, Edano said the decision to join the talks is coming too late, although the March 11th disaster was part of the reason for the delay.

                              Saturday, November 05, 2011 22:23 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_31.html
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                              Yomiuri online

                              Study halls opened in honor of 'Monty-sensei'

                              RIKUZEN-TAKATA, Iwate--Special study halls providing self-study sessions to primary and middle school students have opened in Rikuzen-Takata to honor an American assistant language teacher who was killed by the March 11 tsunami.

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111104005277.htm

                              Mental health specialists to visit disaster-hit areas

                              The government plans to send mental health welfare professionals, clinical psychotherapists and other specialists to areas stricken by the March 11 disaster to try to assist people who are experiencing mental problems, sources have said.

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111104004820.htm

                              Campaigns begin for delayed elections in Miyagi Prefecture

                              Candidates on Friday began campaigning for the Miyagi Prefectural Assembly election, which had been postponed because of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111104004946.htm
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                              AJW

                              Anime portrays heroic story of tsunami-hit railway

                              In Koji Yoshimoto's new anime, a group of determined railway workers strive to keep alive and rebuild their small local railway after a huge tsunami sweeps away most of its stations and track.
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                              Drawings from the Santetsu anime created based on accounts by a train driver who steered a train when the March 11 Great East Earthquake hit northeast Japan. Passengers on the train in the anime shuddered at the shaking. (Koji Yoshimoto)
                              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_ja...J2011110516621

                              Children in tsunami-hit area observe rite of passage in temporary housing

                              OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--"Shichi-Go-San" is a traditional rite of passage and day of festivities in Japan for girls aged 3 and 7, and boys aged 3 and 5. It is held each November.
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                              Volunteers dress children in festive attire for the "Shichi-Go-San" rite of passage in a meeting hall in the Nagaisawa temporary housing complex in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on Nov. 4. (Yoshihiro Yasutomi)
                              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J2011110516656
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                              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                              Tokyo Disneyland operator's group net profit falls 46&#37; in April-Sept.

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Disneyland operator Oriental Land Co. said Friday its group net profit in the April to September period fell 46.0 percent from a year earlier to 8.68 billion yen due to the extended closure of its amusement park and other facilities following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu028000c.html

                              Japan pledges sales tax rise in G-20 action plan

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm017000c.html

                              Iwate gov't website featuring top cartoonist's artwork downed by heavy traffic

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

                              3-story temporary housing complex opened to disaster refugees in Miyagi town

                              ONAGAWA, Miyagi -- A three-story temporary housing complex for victims of the March 11 disasters -- the first of its kind in Japan -- was completed here on Nov. 4, paving the way for the closure of the town's disaster shelters next week.

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na022000c.html

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                              Dalai Lama Offers Memorial Service in Disaster-Hit Japan City

                              Ishinomaki, Miyagi Pref., Nov. 5 (Jiji Press)--The 14th Dalai Lama offered a memorial service for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at a Buddhist temple in Ishinomaki, a coastal city in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Saturday.

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011110500228
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                              Dalai Lama visits disaster area


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                                Disaster survivors move into 3-story housing

                                People who lost their homes in the March 11th tsunami have begun moving into 3-story temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture.
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                                Sunday, November 06, 2011 13:00 +0900 (JST)
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                                Survivors plant cherry trees to mark tsunami line

                                People in northeastern Japan, including survivors of the March 11th tsunami, have begun planting cherry trees to mark the affected areas to give warnings to future generations.

                                Sunday, November 06, 2011 15:15 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_11.html
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                                Yomiuri online

                                Anti-tsunami drills held in Iwate Pref.

                                MORIOKA--Tsunami-related antidisaster drills were held in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday, the first such events based on a law enacted in the wake of the March 11 tsunami that severely damaged the prefecture.

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111105002580.htm
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                                Dalai Lama shares pain and sorrow of tsunami survivors

                                ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--The Dalai Lama gave a memorial service here Nov. 5 for victims of this community devastated by the March 11 disaster.
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                                The 14th Dalai Lama is welcomed by tsunami survivors at Saikoji temple in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Nov. 5. (Masaru Komiyaji)
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                                The Dalai Lama embraces a young boy at Saikoji temple in Ishinomaki on Nov. 5.
                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J2011110616692

                                Pro photographers help quake victims start over

                                SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Although a little nervous, Ikuko Kohata let a cosmetic professional put some makeup on her and get her ready for her special portrait.

                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...J2011110616735

                                Novel by Pearl Buck offers inspiration to disaster victims

                                U.S. novelist Pearl Buck (1892-1973) won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938 for "The Good Earth," which was set in China.

                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...J2011101915227

                                Taiheiyo Cement back in business

                                OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--Industry giant Taiheiyo Cement Corp. has resumed operations at its factory here for the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
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                                Taiheiyo Cement Corp.'s Ofunato factory resumes production in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on Nov. 4, about eight months after the March 11 tsunami disabled the factory. (Ryo Shimura)
                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...J2011110616687
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