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    3rd extra budget set to clear the Diet

    Japan's Diet is set to pass the current fiscal year's third supplementary budget bill. It will feature measures to help rebuild regions hit by the March disaster.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 05:49 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111121_05.html

    S.Korea to send mission to disaster-hit areas

    South Korea says that it will send a mission to areas in northeastern Japan that were hit by the March 11th disaster.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 05:49 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111121_06.html

    Conditions for survivors' public housing eased

    Japan's land and infrastructure ministry has decided to ease the tenant conditions for post-disaster public housing to accommodate more survivors of the March earthquake and tsunami.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 10:55 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111121_15.html

    "Miracle lone pine" has little chance of survival

    A conservation group says the only pine tree in a coastal city of northeastern Japan that survived the March 11th tsunami is dying.
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    Monday, November 21, 2011 10:55 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111121_17.html

    Japanese pop culture festival in Moscow

    Russian fans of Japanese pop culture have gathered in Moscow to enjoy music, films and so-called "cosplay" costume role-playing sessions.

    The event, sponsored by the Japanese embassy, is the 3rd to be held in the Russian capital. This year, it was held in appreciation of Russia's assistance to Japan following the March 11th disaster.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 12:13 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111121_18.html

    Japan's Diet passes 3rd extra budget for FY2011

    Reconstruction efforts from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami have received another financial boost. Japan's Diet passed the third extra budget for the current fiscal year.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 15:27 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111121_27.html
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    Yomiuri online

    Railway tracks may become exclusive bus lanes

    The East Japan Railway Co. is considering building highways exclusively for buses on out-of-use sections of three railway lines in the Tohoku region where tracks and stations were washed away in the March 11 tsunami, it has been learned.
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    Japanese pop culture festival in Moscow
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    Kids from disaster area win special soba-eating prize

    MORIOKA, Iwate Prefecture--They may not have had the biggest stomachs, but three children whose elementary school was destroyed in the March 11 tsunami were tops in style at an eating contest here.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201111210019
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    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

    Japan's Oct. exports down 3.7% from last year, 1st fall in 3 months

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu106000c.html

    Diet OKs 3rd extra budget for full-fledged reconstruction work

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's parliament on Monday passed a third extra budget for fiscal 2011, aimed at funding full-fledged reconstruction work following the March 11 natural disasters and preventing harm to the nation's economy from the yen's appreciation to historic levels.

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

    Groups compete to down most noodles in Morioka tradition

    MORIOKA -- The 26th national "wanko soba" competition to down as many bowls as possible of the regional noodle dish was held on Nov. 20.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na004000c.html

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    Jiji press

    4 Shinkin Banks in Disaster Areas to Seek Public Funds

    Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Four "shinkin" banks in three northeastern Japan prefectures hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are considering seeking public funds within fiscal 2011, informed sources said Monday.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011112100194

    (Update) 4 Japan Small Banks in Disaster Areas to Seek Public Funds

    Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Four shinkin banks operating in the three northeastern Japan prefectures hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami said Monday they will seek public fund injections by the end of March 2012.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011112100883

    Japan Enacts 12.1-T.-Yen 3rd Extra Budget for Reconstruction

    Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Diet on Monday enacted the government's 12,102.5-billion-yen fiscal 2011 third supplementary budget chiefly financing reconstruction programs in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112100333

    Japan Enacts Double-Loan Relief Bill

    Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Councillors on Monday enacted into law a bill on relief measures for small businesses struggling with the so-called double loan problem due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112100628

    Japan to Launch New Expressway Toll-Free Program in Dec.

    Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry said Monday it plans to launch a new expressway toll-free program in the earthquake-hit Tohoku northern Japan region on Dec. 1.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112100716
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    JMA

    18:48 JST 21 Nov 2011 37.8N 142.2E 30 km M4.4 Miyagi-ken Oki

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      Bibles that survived tsunami give new life to publisher

      When the March 11 tsunami swept through the office of E-PIX publishing company in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, company president Masaya Kumagai feared everything would be lost.

      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201111210063

      Tohoku stores see green shoots of recovery

      SENDAI--The tour groups that used to crowd the Sasakama-kan souvenir store in this quake-hit city are nowhere to be seen, according to manager Yoshihiko Watanabe, but sales are surprisingly healthy in their absence.

      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J2011110716804

      Berlin Philharmonic musicians perform in quake zone

      SENDAI--A quintet made up of members of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic orchestra performed on Nov. 21 for hundreds of children from areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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      Berlin Philharmonic musicians perform at Tsutsujigaoka Elementary School in Sendai on Nov. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201111220003
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      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

      Irish singers to hold charity concerts in Tohoku to cheer up kids

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Top Irish singers will hold charity concerts next month in the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis to give encouragement to disaster victims, especially children, Irish Ambassador to Japan John Neary said Monday.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/arts/news/201...et105000c.html

      Global economic woes hit Singapore, Japan exports

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu081000c.html

      Japan to offer donations to alma maters of U.S. JET disaster victims

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government-linked Japan Foundation said Monday it will offer a total of $200,000 annually over a five-year period to the alma maters of two American teachers who were killed in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami to promote Japan-U.S. exchanges.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm011000c.html

      Tohoku Univ., IBM Japan to cooperate in quake, tsunami research

      SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Tohoku University and IBM Japan Ltd. agreed Tuesday to step up their joint research on controlling damage from major earthquakes and tsunami.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm052000c.html

      Gov't eyeing 4th extra budget for quake-relief work: Azumi

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Finance Minister Jun Azumi on Tuesday referred to the possibility of compiling by the end of December a fourth extra budget for the current fiscal year through next March, which would provide additional financing for relief work following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm112000c.html

      Bereaved father of slain girl finds solace from helping March 11 orphans

      HIROSHIMA -- Six years since 7-year-old Airi Kinoshita was murdered in Hiroshima's Aki Ward on her way home from school, her father has begun contributing money toward a scholarship for children orphaned by the March 11 quake and tsunami, he said in an interview with the Mainichi.

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

      Japan Not to Extend Jobless Benefits Further for Disaster Victims

      Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will not extend the maximum unemployment benefit period any further in areas hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, labor minister Yoko Komiyama said Tuesday.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112200617

      5.15 M. People in Tokyo Area Unable to Return Home on March 11

      Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--An estimated 5.15 million people in the Tokyo metropolitan area were unable to return home in the immediate aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112200933

      Land Prices Up in More Locations in Major Japan Cities

      Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--A quarterly government survey revealed Tuesday that land prices rose from three months before in 11 of 150 locations in major Japanese cities as of Oct. 1, up by four from the previous survey.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112200945
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      Sankei news

      after repairs
      to Tohoku from Tottori

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      JMA

      11:35 JST 22 Nov 2011 38.4N 142.1E 40 km M4.2 Miyagi-ken Oki

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        Post-disaster preparations discussed in Tokyo

        Japanese officials in charge of natural disaster measures have discussed preparations for stranded commuters after major disasters such as earthquakes.
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        Wednesday, November 23, 2011 01:41 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111123_01.html

        Chinese blogger invited to promote tours to Japan

        A popular blogger from China is visiting a city in central Japan to help promote the area and attract Chinese tourists.

        Wednesday, November 23, 2011 22:42 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111123_21.html
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        Yomiuri online

        Battle royal looming over consumption tax hike/ Noda's DPJ faces internal divisions on issue even as opposition parties gird for political war

        Opposition parties are working on a strategy to force Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to hold a snap election by attacking one of his key policies--integrated reform of the social security and tax systems, including a consumption tax hike.

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111122006090.htm

        Uncertainty for next Diet session

        The ordinary Diet session to be convened in January is expected to follow an uncertain path, including the possibility of a dissolution of the House of Representatives for a snap general election.

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111122005906.htm
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        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

        One-person play by actress brings voices of disaster victims to wider audience

        When I saw a one-person play about earthquake and tsunami evacuees by actress "mic" during a charity event this past summer, I felt my spirits lightened.

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/perspectives/...na001000c.html

        U.S. naval vessel makes social call at quake-hit port in Miyagi

        SENDAI (Kyodo) -- A vessel of the U.S. Navy, which participated earlier in a rescue mission in areas hit by the March earthquake and tsunami, paid a goodwill visit on Tuesday to Onagawa, Miyagi, one of the prefectures hardest hit by the disaster.

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

        Land price falls ease in Oct. as impact of March disaster weakens

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Land prices fell in fewer locations in Japan in October in comparison with three months earlier as the impact of the March 11 disaster on the real estate market has begun to subside, according to a quarterly government survey released Tuesday.

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

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          Autumn fireworks in Nagano

          A late-autumn fireworks display lit up the night skies over Nagano city, central Japan.

          ...Wednesday's display began with the launch of a single firework to pray for quick recovery from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. It exploded in a magnificent pattern measuring 310 meters across.
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          Thursday, November 24, 2011 09:24 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111124_12.html

          S.Korean poet encourages Japan disaster survivors

          A South Korean poet has written traditional Japanese "tanka" poems to encourage people affected by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan.

          Thursday, November 24, 2011 10:57 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111124_14.html

          Japan to study back-up capital for disasters

          Japan will begin studies to put a back-up system in place for its governmental functions in the event that a major disaster strikes Tokyo.
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          Thursday, November 24, 2011 12:50 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111124_20.html
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          Yomiuri online

          Miyagi kids visit Operation Tomodachi ship

          ONAGAWACHO, Miyagi--About 350 local primary school students on Tuesday toured the USNS Safeguard, a U.S. rescue and salvage ship that had made a port call in the disaster-hit town the previous day.
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          Tokyo govt to urge firms to stock disaster supplies

          The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to call on companies in the capital to stockpile water, emergency food and other supplies for their employees in preparation for a major earthquake and other disasters, officials said.

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111123006136.htm
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          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

          Lower house OKs bill for emergency tax hike for quake reconstruction

          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would enable the government to sanction an emergency tax hike to secure funds for reconstruction work in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami.

          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm096000c.html

          City in Miyagi to offer disaster victims long-term housing units

          ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- Long-term housing units are being built here for March 11 disaster victims, giving them a place to move into after they leave their short-term temporary houses.

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

          Japan Lower House OKs Reconstruction Financing Bill

          Tokyo, Nov. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill designed to secure funds for measures to help rebuild areas ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112400244

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            Japanese high school students play at Wembley

            The England Football Association on Thursday welcomed to London's Wembley Stadium a group of high school students from areas in northeastern Japan devastated by the March 11th earthquake.

            Friday, November 25, 2011 14:49 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111125_23.html

            S.Korea to promote tourism to Japan

            South Korea has proposed organizing a series of publicity events to help attract tourists from the country to disaster-hit areas in northeastern Japan.

            Friday, November 25, 2011 21:04 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111125_31.html
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            Yomiuri online

            Panel: Quakes on scale of March 11 occur more frequently than thought

            Major ocean trench earthquakes have occurred off the Pacific coast from the Sanriku to Boso regions once every 600 years, according to a government panel report, meaning the frequency of temblors like the Great East Japan Earthquake is much greater than the previously estimated 1,000 years.

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111124006080.htm

            5 million stranded in Tokyo area after quake

            More than 5 million people are estimated to have been stranded at their companies and elsewhere on March 11 in the Tokyo metropolitan area after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Cabinet Office has discovered.

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111124003917.htm
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            AJW

            Reprinted pictorial magazines show horror of past quakes

            The March 11 earthquake and tsunami produced images of sometimes unimaginable devastation, but a rerelease of two pictorial magazines from the prewar era shows that such scenes are by no means new in Japanese history.
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            The Juni-kai (12 stories), a 52-meter tower built in 1890 in Tokyo's Asakusa Koen park, collapses, killing dozens of people. (Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.)
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            Flames spread in a section of Tokyo's Yurakucho district. (Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.)
            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J201111250079a

            PHOTO: 'Tiger mask' comes to rescue of quake victims

            SENDAI—A Fukushima-based insulation company is installing special transparent sheets in the windows of temporary housing for quake victims to address problems with condensation and mold inside the units.
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            A volunteer wearing a tiger mask puts up an adiabatic sheet in temporary housing for quake victims in Sendai's Miyagino Ward in Miyagi Prefecture on Nov. 24. (Hiroki Endo)
            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201111250042
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            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

            Oct. consumer prices down 0.1%, 1st fall in 4 months

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu113000c.html

            Quake frequency rises 10-fold or more along 11 faults since March

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The frequency of temblors around 11 active faults in Japan has increased more than 10-fold since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, a study by the University of Tokyo showed Thursday.

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

            Tokyo to accept tsunami-caused debris from Miyagi town

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo metropolitan government said Thursday it will begin accepting debris in February from the Miyagi prefectural town of Onagawa, which was devastated by the March tsunami, in the second such intake by the capital of rubble from disaster-affected areas.

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm014000c.html

            Japan to compile 4th extra budget for quake-relief work

            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is set to instruct his officials to compile a fourth extra budget for fiscal 2011 totaling around 2 trillion yen ($25.9 billion) to beef up emergency programs in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami, including those for heavily indebted people, some lawmakers said Thursday.

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

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            Jiji press

            Japan April-Sept. White Goods Shipments Hit 15-Year High

            Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--Shipments of so-called white goods in Japan hit a 15-year high in April-September, thanks to a rise in demand for power-saving products amid electricity shortages in the wake of March 11 earthquake and tsunami, an industry group said Friday.

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011112500936

            Japan Govt Eyes 4th Extra Budget worth 1.5-2 T. Yen

            Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering setting the size of a planned fourth supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 at between 1.5 trillion yen and 2 trillion yen, sources have said.

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112500103

            Odds of Huge Quake in Japan over 30 Years Raised to 30 Pct

            Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--A government panel studying earthquakes said Friday that it now estimates the probability of an earthquake with a magnitude of 8 or bigger hitting off the eastern Japan coast over the next 30 years at 30 pct.

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112500939
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            Sankei news

            center: dolls of reconstruction

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              US/UK craftsmen make furniture for temporary homes

              Craftsmen working for a US furniture company visited a town in northeastern Japan to make furniture with local people living in temporary homes following the disaster in March.

              Saturday, November 26, 2011 14:51 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111126_16.html

              People in temporary homes enjoy mochi pounding

              People living in temporary homes in a town in disaster-hit northeastern Japan got to enjoy a traditional year-end event on Saturday.... making rice cakes.

              Saturday, November 26, 2011 22:32 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111126_17.html
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              Higashi Nippon Broadcasting Co., which is based in Miyagi Prefecture in north of Japan, has produced a documentary on the March 11 earthquake and killer tsunami.
              Titled "3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake: Recordings of Violent Shock and Huge Tsunami," the 80-minute DVD contains scenes of the disaster videotaped by the company's journalists in many areas of Miyagi Prefecture.

              A poet in a disaster-hit area finds his voice again

              MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Distraught over his repeated episodes of Tourette syndrome and feelings of helplessness after the March 11 disaster, Yohei Suto feared he would never pen another poem again.

              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J201111260070a

              Horses return to take ambassadors to Imperial Palace

              Horse-drawn carriages were used on Nov. 25 for the first time since the Great East Japan Earthquake to take new foreign ambassadors to the Imperial Palace for the Ceremonies of the Presentation of Credentials.
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              A. Carsten Damsgaard, the new ambassador of Denmark, heads for a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in a horse-drawn coach in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Nov. 25. (Hikaru Uchida)
              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201111260036
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              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

              Miyagi schoolchildren complete diorama of pre-disaster hometown

              NATORI, Miyagi -- Schoolchildren in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, completed a diorama of their hometown in the Yuriage district on Nov. 25 as seen prior to its devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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

              Graduate student rebuilds portable shrine to encourage residents of tsunami-hit town

              ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- A 24-year-old graduate school student spent four months rebuilding a "mikoshi" portable shrine to encourage local residents of a coastal town devastated by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

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

              Police probe fraud on pretext of aid for quake-victims and poverty-hit Africans

              Police in Ehime and Gunma prefectures are investigating whether the president of a Tokyo-based used-car sales company and others have solicited about 1.3 billion yen illegally from about 2,500 investors on the pretext of helping victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and poverty-stricken African people, it was learned on Nov. 26.

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

              debris and autumnal leaves at Kamaishi city, Iwate pref

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              JMA

              10:43 JST 26 Nov 2011 38.8N 142.1E 50 km M4.4 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                Yomiuri online

                Iwate salmon catch drops 40% / Tsunami damage to fishing nets worsens long-term decline

                Iwate Prefecture's autumn salmon catch, known as the largest in Honshu, is down about 40 percent from autumn last year, it has been learned.
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                Make way there

                A horse-drawn carriage carrying a newly appointed ambassador to Japan heads from Tokyo's Marunouchi district to the Imperial Palace on Friday so the envoy can present his credentials.
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                Ginza displays illustrations from kids in disaster areas

                Parts of Tokyo's Ginza district were lit up Nov. 25 with special illumination symbolizing hope for rebuilding after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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                Passers-by view the "Wings of Hope" statues on Nov. 25 in Tokyo's Ginza district. (Eijiro Morii)
                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_ja...J201111270064a
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                Jiji press

                Newspapers Gain Greater Trust in Disaster Areas: Survey

                Tokyo, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--More percentage of people in three northeastern Japan prefectures hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have greater trust in newspapers after the disaster than in other prefectures, a recent survey found.

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112600233
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                Sankei news

                Ishinomaki port, Miyagi pref

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                03:25 JST 27 Nov 2011 39.1N 142.4E 30 km M4.1 Iwate-ken Oki

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                  Japan car output up domestically but down overseas

                  Japan's domestic automobile output increased nearly 20 percent in October from a year earlier. But overseas production fell due to floods in Thailand.
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                  Monday, November 28, 2011 18:53 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111128_29.html
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                  Yomiuri online

                  Water to fight fires lacking for evacuees / Tanks, pumps scarce near housing units

                  Facilities for storing and pumping water for firefighting are not available at 211 temporary housing complexes in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, a survey by The Yomiuri Shimbun shows.
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                  Grad student publishes comics about quake survivors

                  When Mihoko Ishizawa read a newspaper story about a dead elderly woman found clutching her grandchild following the March 11 tsunami, the tragic tale moved her to action.
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                  A short comic from the book, "Itsuka Nanohana-batake de--Higashi-Nihon Daishinsai o Wasurenai," inspired by the story of a grandmother who tries to protect her grandchild during the quake. (Provided by Misukoso)
                  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201111280097
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                  Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                  Israeli charity offers PTSD therapy to March quake survivors in Japan

                  SENDAI (Kyodo) -- An Israeli humanitarian relief group is holding seminars for Japanese mothers, kindergarten teachers and caregivers in areas affected by the March disaster to enable them to better look after children traumatized by the earthquake and tsunami.

                  http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm107000c.html

                  Tsunami-hit city in Iwate delivers free schoolbags to new elementary students

                  RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- This tsunami-hit city in Iwate Prefecture delivered on Nov. 27 schoolbags to children preparing to enter elementary school next spring for free thanks to the generosity of people from around the country.

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

                  Letters from tsunami-affected students tell of bullying, lingering stress

                  Children forced by the Great East Japan Earthquake and accompanying disasters to change schools have written into a government-run counseling service telling of bullying and lingering stress from the disasters.

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

                  Nuclear insurance group won't renew Fukushima plant's liability insurance

                  The Japan Atomic Energy Insurance Pool has decided not to renew the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant's insurance contract when it expires in January next year, it has been learned.

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

                  Fuji Heavy's Domestic Output Up for 1st Time in 13 Months

                  Tokyo, Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese automaker Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. <7270> said Monday its domestic output in October increased 19.1 pct from a year before to 45,054 units, up for the first time in 13 months.

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011112800381

                  Noda to Request Tax Hike Timetable by Year-End

                  Tokyo, Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will direct officials to map out a timetable of a planned consumption tax hike by the end of this year, informed sources said Monday.

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112800459

                  Japan Revises Down Economic Assessments in 5 Regions

                  Tokyo, Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Cabinet Office said Monday it has revised down its economic assessments for five of Japan's 11 regions due to slowing exports reflecting sluggish overseas economies.

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112800792

                  30 Pct of Miyagi Teachers Show Signs of Depression

                  Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)--A teachers' union in Miyagi Prefecture said in a survey report Monday that 30.5 pct of teachers at public elementary and junior high schools in the northeastern Japan prefecture have shown signs of depression after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112800932
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                  debris and swans at Ishinomaki city, Miyagi pref


                  swans arrive in Fuji pond, Ishinomaki city, Miyagi pref

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                    OECD forecasts Japan's growth in 2012

                    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday that Japan's economy will grow by 2 percent next year mainly due to the private-sector spending on reconstruction work following the March 11 disaster.

                    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 01:37 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111129_02.html

                    Jobless rate worsens in October

                    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 09:58 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111129_13.html

                    Imperial couple attends firefighters memorial

                    The Emperor has attended a memorial service for firefighters who perished in the March disaster in his first official duty since falling ill early this month.

                    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:43 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111129_20.html
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                    Yakuza end up with 35 million yen in disaster aid

                    Four yakuza members have been arrested amid revelations that at least 260 gangsters received 35 million yen ($450,000) in government assistance intended for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

                    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201111290024

                    Recuperating emperor resumes official duties

                    Emperor Akihito resumed his official duties Nov. 29 after spending 18 days in a Tokyo hospital with bronchial pneumonia and a high fever.

                    Emperor Akihito descends from a stage with Empress Michiko at a memorial service for firefighters killed in the March 11 disaster in Tokyo on Nov. 29. (Eijiro Morii)
                    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201111290045
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                    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                    Japan moderating post-quake economic recovery amid uncertainty: OECD

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's economy has been recovering from the March earthquake and tsunami but the pace of rebound is moderating with confidence weakened by uncertainty over the global economy as well as by the stronger yen, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu088000c.html

                    Auto output in Japan rises 19.7% in Oct.

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's eight leading automakers produced a total of 858,248 vehicles at domestic plants in October, up 19.7 percent in the first increase in two months, as they stepped up production after disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to reports released by the eight on Monday.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu101000c.html

                    Japan's household spending down 0.4% in October

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Average spending by Japanese households fell a real 0.4 percent in October from a year earlier to 285,605 yen, marking a year-on-year decline for the eighth straight month, the government said Tuesday.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu104000c.html

                    Japan's unemployment rate rises to 4.5% in Oct.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu105000c.html

                    Rebuilding schedules for fishing ports, coastal districts set in disaster recovery plan

                    Eight fishing ports devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami will be fully rebuilt by the end of fiscal 2015 under a revised government disaster reconstruction schedule set for release on Nov. 29.

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

                    Emperor attends firefighter service, 1st official duty since discharge

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Emperor Akihito attended a memorial service in Tokyo on Tuesday for firefighters who have died on duty, including those who perished during missions following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, as his first official duty after being discharged from hospital last Thursday.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm069000c.html
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                    Jiji press

                    Japan Household Spending Down 0.4 Pct in Oct.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900131

                    Japan Oct. Jobless Rate Rises to 4.5 Pct

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900129

                    Japan Emperor Resumes Official Duties

                    Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Akihito made his first official appearance Tuesday after he returned from hospital on Thursday, attending a memorial service for firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900425

                    Japan Lower House Approves Postdisaster Special Zone Bill

                    Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill on a new special zone program designed to facilitate postdisaster reconstruction through drastic deregulation and tax breaks.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900151

                    Japan to Rebuild Key Northeastern Ports in 4 Years

                    Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government aims to complete the reconstruction of tsunami-ravaged eight major northeastern fishing ports by fiscal 2015 that ends in March 2016, according to an update to its infrastructure rebuilding plan.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900469

                    Reconstruction Lottery to Give Record 500 M. Yen in Prize Money

                    Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--A reconstruction lottery giving chances of winning a record 500 million yen will be sold in Japan on Feb. 14-March 14.
                    Each lottery ticket will cost 300 yen. The first prize will be 300 million yen and 100 million yen will go to two runners-up. The combined amount will be a record in the country.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900841

                    Japan Not to Extend Tax Break for Investors: Noda

                    Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday that there will be no more extensions of the current tax break for securities investors in Japan after it expires at the end of 2013.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900899

                    Japan Diet to Enact Reconstruction Financing Bill on Wed.

                    Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--A bill to secure funds for reconstruction projects after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is set to be enacted on Wednesday.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900898

                    Japan's Noda Wants Consumption Tax Hike Timing by Year-End

                    Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday that he wants to clarify within this year the timing and size of the planned consumption tax hike.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900922
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                    03:53 JST 29 Nov 2011 38.6N 142.0E 50 km M4.4 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                      Diet passes reconstruction financing bill

                      Japan's Diet has passed a bill to secure funds for reconstruction projects related to the March 11th disaster.

                      Wednesday, November 30, 2011 14:56 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111130_29.html

                      Noda asks opposition to join tax hike debate

                      Wednesday, November 30, 2011 21:04 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111130_37.html
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                      Yomiuri online

                      Port repairs to be finished 'within 4 yrs' / More public housing set for survivors

                      Major fishing ports damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake will be completely repaired by the end of fiscal 2015 at the latest, a revised road map compiled by the government's reconstruction headquarters said.
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                      'Tis the season to be giving

                      Members of a nonprofit organization in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, sort out Christmas gifts sent from across the nation Monday. About 250 items such as picture books, toy cars and stuffed animals have been donated since the Ishinomaki reconstruction support center began an online present drive a few weeks ago. The NPO is accepting gifts until Dec. 19 and will give them to children at nursery centers hit by the March 11 tsunami.
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                      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                      Miyagi Pref. to set up mental care center to support quake victims

                      SENDAI (Kyodo) -- The Miyagi prefectural government will set up a mental care center Thursday to help victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami suffering from stress-induced mental disorders.

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

                      Q&A: Why is Japan debating consumption tax hike?

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

                      Disaster-hit Kesennuma remains top port in bonito hauls landed

                      SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Kesennuma port in Miyagi Prefecture, hit hard by the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster, is expected to rank top among Japan's fishing ports in terms of volume of fresh bonito hauls landed for the 15th year in a row, fishery industry officials said Tuesday.

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

                      Japan Diet OKs bill for emergency tax hikes for quake reconstruction

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese Diet approved Wednesday a bill that would enable the government to raise income tax for up to 25 years to secure funds for reconstruction work following the March earthquake and tsunami.

                      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm081000c.html
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                      Jiji press

                      Toyota Not to Retreat from Tohoku or Thailand: Toyoda

                      Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> will not retreat from the Tohoku northeastern Japan region or Thailand despite the massive disasters that hit both places, President Akio Toyoda said Wednesday.

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011113000536

                      Bicycle Insurance Catching On in Japan

                      Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Insurance companies in Japan are launching bicycle insurance products one after another as more and more commuters take to their bikes in the wake of the March 11 disaster.

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011112900332

                      Japan Monthly Wages Rise 1st Time in 5 Months

                      Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese worker's monthly salaries rose for the first time in five months in October, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a preliminary report Wednesday.

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011113000296

                      Japan Enacts Bills to Fund Postdisaster Reconstruction

                      Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Councillors on Wednesday passed into law bills to finance reconstruction programs following the March 11 disaster, including legislation on special tax hikes.

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011113000198
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                      21:55 JST 30 Nov 2011 38.4N 142.0E 60 km M4.0 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                        Compilation of 4th extra budget ordered

                        Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has instructed the finance minister to draft a fourth extra budget for fiscal 2011 to finance debt relief measures for survivors of the March 11th disaster and others in need of help.

                        Thursday, December 01, 2011 17:41 +0900 (JST)
                        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111201_27.html
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                        Yomiuri online

                        Residents, local govts at loggerheads over seawall plans

                        Residents of tsunami-hit areas along the Sanriku coast in the Tohoku region that boasted scenic views before the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake have raised objections about prefectural governments' plans to construct seawalls in local areas.

                        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111130005954.htm
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                        Asahi Shimbun disaster photos win award

                        A series of Asahi Shimbun photos capturing the horror and despair in the Tohoku disaster areas one month after the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake received a top prize in the Tokyo Press Photographers Association Award 2011.
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                        Asahi Shimbun photos titled "Moment to pray--one month after the earthquake" won the project category award in the Tokyo Press Photographers Association Award 2011. (The Asahi Shimbun)
                        http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201112010065

                        Top chefs work to give new life to Tohoku cuisine

                        OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--Well-known Japanese chefs are donning their aprons for a charity kitchen caravan program to create a little local culinary magic in the disaster-stricken areas in the Tohoku region.
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                        Some of Japan's top chefs serve salmon dishes they prepared in a kitchen car to residents in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture. (Masakazu Higashino)
                        http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J201112010080a
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                        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                        Tokyo to use cherry blossom for 2020 Olympic bid

                        TOKYO (AP) -- Tokyo will use Japan's most celebrated flower -- the cherry blossom -- in its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/sport...sp130000c.html

                        Toyota chief vows to keep production in disaster-hit Tohoku, Thailand

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda pledged Wednesday that the automaker will keep manufacturing in Japan's Tohoku region and Thailand even after its operations in both areas were affected significantly by devastating natural disasters this year.

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu113000c.html

                        Gov't targets average economic growth of 3&#37; through FY2020

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government's national strategy council approved Wednesday an outline of the nation's basic strategy for revitalization, featuring the target of realizing an average 3 percent expansion of the economy from fiscal 2011 to 2020.

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

                        Noda calls for discussions with main opposition LDP on sales tax hike

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

                        Japan, Macedonia agree to boost tourism, study, business exchanges

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his visiting Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski agreed Wednesday to boost their countries' tourism, study and business exchanges, Japanese officials said.

                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm018000c.html

                        Astronaut speaks of Japan's disaster recovery seen from space

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa who recently returned from the International Space Station spoke Wednesday night of his observation from space of ongoing reconstruction efforts in the disaster-hit northeastern Japan.

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

                        Quake area expressways become toll-free from Thursday

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Highways in northeastern Japan hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami were made toll-free from Thursday to help the region's recovery.

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

                        Mainichi Newspapers wins 5 distinguished photography awards


                        Koichiro Tezuka's awarded photograph "3.11 Ootsunami shurai no shunkan." (Mainichi)
                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na011000c.html
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                        Jiji press

                        Japan Disaster-Linked Bankruptcies Total 470 at End-Nov.

                        Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)--The number of corporate bankruptcies related to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan totaled 470 as of the end of November, up 43 from a month before, Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. said Thursday.

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011120100903

                        Toyota's U.S. Auto Sales Rise for 1st Time in 7 Months

                        New York, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> saw its U.S. automobile sales rise 6.7 pct from a year earlier to 137,960 units in November, the first gain in seven months, industry data showed on Thursday.

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2011120200125

                        Noda Orders 4th Extra Budget

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120100500

                        Japan Not to Give Estimated Height in Initial Tsunami Alert

                        Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Meteorological Agency agreed at a panel meeting Thursday to end the practice of announcing an estimated wave height in an initial tsunami alert in order not to delay evacuation.

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120100816

                        Quake, Tsunami Measuring Equipment to Be Installed in Japan Trench

                        Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)--Submarine equipment to measure earthquakes and tsunami will be installed at 154 sites along the Japan Trench in the northwestern Pacific off the eastern part of Japan by fiscal 2014, it was learned Thursday.

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120101050
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                        photography awards

                        3/11 14:26 in the Diet Building


                        "Dear Mom, I hope you're alive. How are you?"

                        Her parents and younger sister were swept away by the tsunami after the earthquake on March 11 and still haven't been found

                        Mommy has become a star, grandmother tells Manami
                        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110707005877.htm yomiuri online

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                          US auto sales up 13.9&#37; in Nov.

                          ....Toyota's sales rose for the first time in 7 months. The automaker sold about 138,000 units, an increase of 6.7 percent. This was mainly due to the introduction of new models after the sales slump in the wake of the March 11 disaster.

                          Friday, December 02, 2011 11:28 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111202_16.html
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                          Yomiuri online

                          4th extra budget for FY11 to exceed 2 tril. yen

                          Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Thursday instructed Finance Minister Jun Azumi to compile a fourth supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 worth more than 2 trillion yen.

                          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111201006891.htm
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                          Omotesando sparkles with hope for recovery in Tohoku

                          With the Christmas and New Year's holiday season approaching, the nighttime streets of Omotesando are illuminated with the warm glow of hundreds of thousands of holiday light bulbs, this year with a nod to quake-damaged Sendai.
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                          Holiday lights line the streets in the Omotesando district of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. (Minako Yoshimoto)
                          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201112020067
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                          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                          New vehicle sales in 2011 to remain below 5 mil. units for 3rd yr

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu114000c.html

                          Business spending in Japan down 9.8% in July-Sept. qtr

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Capital spending by Japanese firms fell 9.8 percent in the three months through September from a year earlier for the second straight quarterly decline, affected by the March earthquake and tsunami among other factors, government data showed Friday.

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

                          Japan to form 4th extra budget, mulling quake relief, TPP

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda instructed Finance Minister Jun Azumi on Thursday to compile a fourth extra budget for fiscal 2011 worth around 2.5 trillion yen ($32.18 billion) to finance relief programs for those suffering from the March earthquake and tsunami, government officials said.

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

                          Noda vows to map out details of sales tax hike by year-end

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm029000c.html

                          Meteorological Agency to announce more detailed information on tsunami

                          The Meteorological Agency is preparing to promptly announce more detailed information on offshore tsunami it observes as well as its forecasts of such waves if powerful earthquakes occur, officials said.

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na006000c.html

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                          Japan to Sell Reconstruction Bonds for Retail Investors

                          Tokyo, Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Finance Ministry said Friday it will start selling bonds to retail investors Monday to raise funds for postdisaster reconstruction.

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120200471

                          Japan Travelers in Winter Holidays Seen Up 1.5 Pct

                          Tokyo, Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)--The number of people in Japan who plan to make overnight or longer trips during the year-end and New Year holiday period is expected to rise 1.5 pct from a year before to 30,084,000, up for the second straight year, leading travel agency JTB Corp. said Friday.

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120200818

                          Ozawa Supporters to Launch Campaign against Consumption Tax Hike

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120200811

                          Japan July-Sept. GDP Seen to Be Revised Down Mildly

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120200985
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                          kobe-luminarie

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                          09:50 JST 02 Dec 2011 38.2N 141.8E 50 km M4.7 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                          16:39 JST 02 Dec 2011 39.1N 142.4E 20 km M4.2 Iwate-ken Oki

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                            Yomiuri online

                            Tsunami moved giant rock 470 meters to Iwate field

                            MIYAKO, Iwate--A giant rock called Tsunami-ishi (tsunami rock) sits in a field in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, illustrating the power of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which moved the rock 470 meters.
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                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111202005461.htm

                            Cool for school

                            Wearing thick jackets and gloves, primary school girls in Shichigahamamachi, Miyagi Prefecture, walk to school in chilly weather Friday morning. Thirty-one out of 368 students at Matsugahama Primary School in the town still live in temporary housing or places other than their homes. Temperatures in eastern Japan dropped to their lowest level so far this winter, with readings of minus 4.5 C in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, minus 2 C in Onagawacho, Miyagi Prefecture, and 4.2 C in Tokyo.
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                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20111203dy01.htm
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                            AJW

                            Finance Ministry to issue reconstruction bonds for individual investors

                            The Finance Ministry will begin issuing reconstruction bonds for individual investors on Dec. 5 that can be purchased over the counter or on websites of banks and securities companies.
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                            Purchasers of the government's reconstruction bonds for individual investors will receive this letter of appreciation by Jun Azumi, the finance minister. (Takashi Fukuyama)
                            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201112030047

                            Bulbs illuminate Sendai street in prayer for recovery

                            SENDAI--An annual "Pageant of Starlight" event kicked off in this northeastern city on Dec. 2, using about 460,000 light bulbs to illuminate trees along a main street.
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                            A "Pageant of Starlight" illuminates the Jozenji Street in Sendai's Aoba Ward on Dec. 2. (Toshiyuki Takeya)

                            Dogs in Santa Claus costumes add to the lively air of the "Pageant of Starlight" illumination event along the Jozenji Street in Sendai's Aoba Ward on Dec. 2. (Toshiyuki Takeya)

                            Tourists enjoy the fantastic illuminations of the "Pageant of Starlight" event along the Jozenji Street in Sendai's Aoba Ward on Dec. 2. (Masaru Komiyaji)
                            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201112030001

                            Kobe illumination send 'Lights of Hope' to Tohoku

                            KOBE--The annual Kobe Luminarie event began Dec. 1 to mourn the thousands of people killed in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe and surrounding areas, with disaster victims on the other side of Japan not forgotten.
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                            People flock to the Kobe Luminarie illumination event on Dec. 1. (Takuya Isayama)

                            A boy expresses his delight when the lights were lit en masse. (Takuya Isayama)

                            The theme of this year is 'Lights of Hope.' (Takuya Isayama)

                            Visitors view a monument. (Takuya Isayama)
                            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201112030001
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                            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                            2&#37; economic growth to warrant sales tax hike, DPJ panel chief

                            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu014000c.html

                            Panasonic group regains top lithium battery market share in July-Sept.

                            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu019000c.html

                            No. of Japanese who feel friendly to U.S. rise to record high 82%

                            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The number of Japanese people who feel friendly toward the United States rose to an all-time high of 82.0 percent in a survey this year conducted by the Japanese government, up 2.1 percentage points from last year, the Cabinet Office said Saturday.

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


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                            Jiji press

                            Most Tsunami-Hit Areas to Have Revival Plans by Year-End

                            Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--About 84 pct of coastal municipalities devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have already drawn up reconstruction programs or plan to finish compilation of such programs by the end of this year, a Jiji Press survey showed Saturday.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120300205

                            Record 82 Pct of Japanese Feel Close to U.S.

                            Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--An annual Cabinet Office survey revealed Saturday that the proportion of Japanese people who feel close to the United States rose 2.1 percentage points from previous year to 82.0 pct, hitting the highest level since the statistics started in 1978.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120300244

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                              13:16 JST 03 Dec 2011 38.9N 142.0E 50 km M4.3 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                                Record number of Japanese feel friendly to US

                                A new survey shows 82 percent of Japanese feel compatible with Americans. The figure is the highest since the first such survey was held in 1978.
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                                Sunday, December 04, 2011 02:10 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111203_19.html

                                Donald Keene memorial hall to be build in Niigata

                                A memorial hall dedicated to American author Donald Keene will be established in Kashiwazaki city in Niigata prefecture in 2013.

                                Sunday, December 04, 2011 02:10 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111203_26.html

                                Relief supplies given in Kesennuma

                                The authorities in Kesennuma City, northeastern Japan, have given out winter clothes and other household goods to people affected by the March disaster who are living outside public shelters.

                                Sunday, December 04, 2011 15:01 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111204_14.html

                                Tohoku reconstruction bonds to be issued

                                The Japanese government will begin selling special bonds on Monday to raise funds to rebuild areas hit by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.

                                Sunday, December 04, 2011 23:11 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111204_17.html
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                                Yomiuri online

                                'Operation Tomodachi' continues to help

                                YOKOHAMA--Families of U.S. Navy personnel stationed in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, are continuing to provide humanitarian assistance to survivors of the March 11 disaster even though the U.S. military's Operation Tomodachi officially ended in May.
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                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111203002904.htm

                                ANALYSIS / Insurance plan may boost Japan's profile

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111203003351.htm
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                                AJW

                                Nonprofit group hands out education vouchers to children in disaster-stricken areas

                                A nonprofit organization based in Hyogo Prefecture is distributing education vouchers worth 250,000 yen ($3,220) each to 150 children whose lives were disrupted by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J201112040096c

                                German couple won't forget kindness as quake survivors

                                Despite being caught up in the March 11 quake and nearly drowning in the ensuing tsunami, a vacationing elderly German couple hopes to return to Japan someday and repay the kindness shown to them by their rescuers and fellow survivors.

                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...J201112040014a
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                                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                                Man makes key holders from quake rubble to help March 11 victims

                                RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- A man here has come up with the unique idea of making key rings from rubble piled up after the devastating March 11 disaster, in an attempt to help the victims and remind people of the tragedy.

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na001000c.html
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                                Jiji press

                                Tohoku Shinkansen Cerebrates 1st Anniversary of Full Opening

                                Aomori, Dec. 4 (Jiji Press)--Sunday marked the first anniversary of the full opening of the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train line connecting Tokyo and Aomori Prefecture, the northernmost prefecture of Japan's Honshu main island.

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011120400091
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                                photo taking in Ostsuchi town, Iwate

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