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    Yomiuri online

    Ministry survey finds key sewage lines not quake resistant

    Less than 30 percent of the major sewage lines in 44 prefectures throughout the nation that connect evacuation centers to sewage facilities are earthquake resistant, a ministry survey has found.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120215006040.htm

    Sendai wants special zone for farming

    SENDAI--The Sendai municipal government Wednesday filed an application with the Reconstruction Agency for the creation of a special reconstruction zone to promote farming and agriculture.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120215005683.htm
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    AJW

    PHOTO/ Gunma's hanging dolls recognized by Guinness World Records

    SHINTO, Gunma Prefecture--A display of 7,045 handmade dolls in a shop here has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest.
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    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202160023
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    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

    Disaster-hit Ishinomaki manga museum launches display in local shops

    ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- How could a manga museum that was heavily damaged in the March 2011 tsunami help restore liveliness to this city while awaiting reconstruction? By transforming the city's shops into a showcase for manga art, officials say.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/arts/archive/...na014000c.html

    Video relay service helping hard of hearing in disaster-hit areas

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Sendai-based company is offering a remote video relay service free of charge for people with hearing problems in areas hit by last year's massive earthquake and tsunami, employing the expertise it has developed in a business venture largely unknown in Japan.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/features/arch...fe069000c.html

    Kirin Brewery's quake-hit Sendai plant resumes production of all items

    SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Kirin Brewery Co. said Wednesday it has resumed bottled beer production at its plant in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, which was severely damaged by last March's earthquake and tsunami, meaning all items are now back in production at the plant.

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

    Yamaha Motors posts 47% rise in group net profit in 2011

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Yamaha Motor Co. said Wednesday its group net profit climbed 47.3 percent in the year ended December from the year before to 26.96 billion yen due to sales increase, cost reduction efforts and a reversal of accrual for product liabilities.

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

    Japan crown prince hopes for strengthening anti-disaster measures

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito expressed hope Thursday for taking lessons from the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami to strengthen anti-disaster measures in Japan and the rest of the world.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm151000c.html
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    14:09 JST 16 Feb 2012 38.5N 142.1E 40 km M4.4 Miyagi-ken Oki

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      2011 household spending lowest in decade

      Japan's household spending slumped to a record low last year, due largely to the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
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      Friday, February 17, 2012 17:49 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120217_35.html

      March tsunami traveled at 25km/h in Sendai

      Japanese scientists say the tsunami triggered by the March 11th earthquake last year was traveling as fast as an elite-level marathon runner when it hit the Sendai Plain in northeastern Japan.

      Friday, February 17, 2012 19:24 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120217_38.html

      Taiwan businesses welcome young quake survivors

      A group of young Japanese survivors of last year's earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan is visiting Taiwan at the invitation of a local business group.

      Friday, February 17, 2012 20:04 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120217_39.html

      March 2011 disaster digital archives in the making

      Almost a year on from the catastrophic earthquake that hit northeastern Japan, a wide range of organizations is building digital archives to preserve memories of the events of March 11th for future generations.

      Friday, February 17, 2012 21:09 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120217_40.html
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      Mainichi jp(Kyodo,AP)

      Japan-China trade hits record high in 2011

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan-China trade in 2011 expanded 14.3 percent from the previous year to a record high $344.91 billion, reflecting a rise in imports from China of smartphones, food, auto parts and other products, the Japan External Trade Organization said Thursday.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu129000c.html

      New condo supply in Tokyo area surges 32.6% in Jan.

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The number of new condominiums put on sale in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures in January surged 32.6 percent from a year earlier to 1,819 units, marking the third straight month of increase, a research agency said Thursday.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu132000c.html

      Rebuilding in quake areas estimated to create 7.3 tril. yen effects

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Reconstruction work after the earthquake and tsunami disaster of last March 11 is expected to generate economic effects totaling 7.3 trillion yen in fiscal 2011 and 2012, the Japan Federation of Construction Contractors said Thursday.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu146000c.html

      Japan economy 'picking up,' gov't retains monthly assessment

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government on Thursday maintained its basic assessment that the Japanese economy is "picking up," while upgrading its evaluations of private consumption and public spending.

      http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu147000c.html

      U.S. children make drawings to cheer Japanese kids in quake-hit areas

      WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Nineteen fifth-grade students from a public elementary school gathered Thursday to create works of art for elementary school students in the earthquake-hit areas of Japan.

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

      Kyoto encourages residents to make emergency exits out of dead-end streets

      KYOTO -- As part of measures to better prepare Japan's ancient capital for a potential disaster while preserving the cityscape, the municipal government here will encourage residents to put emergency escape openings in fences on dead-end roads, officials said.

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

      Japan High School Student Job-Securing Rate Improves

      Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--The job-securing rate for Japanese high school students graduating this spring stood at 80.4 pct as of the end of December, up 2.5 percentage points from a year before, the education ministry said Friday.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012021700763

      Japan Household Spending Falls 1.7 Pct in 2011

      Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--Japan's monthly household spending dropped 1.7 pct in 2011 from the previous year in price-adjusted terms due primarily to the March disaster, government data showed Friday.

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012021700968
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      Sankei news

      557 still missing in Ishinomaki city






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        AJW

        AKB48 draws a crowd at Beijing goodwill concert

        BEIJING--Six members of pop idol group AKB48 performed in Beijing on Feb. 17, part of the "Vibrant Japan" campaign to mark the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China.

        http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201202180037
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        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

        AKB48 members take stage in Beijing to thank China for quake support

        BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Six members of Japanese all-girl pop group AKB48 took the stage in Beijing on Friday in a mini concert, expressing gratitude for support provided by Chinese people following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/arts/archive/...sp047000c.html

        Household spending down 1.7% in 2011, lowest since 2000

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's average monthly household spending in 2011 fell 1.7 percent in real terms to 247,219 yen, the lowest since 2000 when comparable data became available, the government said Friday.

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

        Number of foreign visitors to Japan down in Jan. for 11th month

        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The number of foreign visitors to Japan in January fell 4.1 percent from a year earlier to 685,000, declining for the 11th straight month since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Friday.

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

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        16:07 JST 18 Feb 2012 38.7N 141.7E 60 km M4.2 Miyagi-ken Oki

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          Tsunami debris to drift back from US West Coast

          A US research institute says some of the debris created by a massive tsunami that hit Japan last March will likely wash ashore on Hawaii after drifting close to the US West Coast.
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          Sunday, February 19, 2012 14:55 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120219_14.html
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          Yomiuri online

          Iwate salmon haul at record low in 2011

          Iwate Prefecture's salmon catch, normally Honshu's largest, fell sharply in fiscal 2011, and is almost sure to be the worst ever since salmon farming began in 1984, due mainly to damage to fixed salmon nets by the tsunami March last year, according to sources.

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120218003489.htm
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          Mainichi jp(Kyodo,AP)

          Man seeks posthumous name for unborn daughter killed in tsunami

          RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- A man who lost his pregnant wife to the tsunami in March last year is considering acquiring a posthumous name for his unborn daughter.

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

          06:44 JST 19 Feb 2012 38.0N 141.9E 50 km M4.4 Miyagi-ken Oki

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            Yomiuri online

            Machine tools sent to disaster-hit factories / Business owners thrilled at donations from around the country; many were on brink of closing

            Factory operators in areas struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake have been thrilled to receive hundreds of machine tools that had been sitting idle at small factories across the country.

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120219003256.htm

            Disaster victims wish Emperor well

            March 11 victims who were visited by the Emperor after the disaster have spoken of their relief at hearing that his heart operation Saturday went smoothly and urged him not to strain himself during his recovery.

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120219003289.htm
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            AJW

            INTERVIEW/ Ken Watanabe: If Hayabusa probe can do the impossible, so can Japan

            Critically acclaimed actor Ken Watanabe is a man of his word, not forgetting the evacuees he visited in the Tohoku region following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

            Actor Ken Watanabe (Yoshiyuki Suzuki)
            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_ja...AJ201202200030

            Nephew of Hiroshima A-bomb girl sings for disaster victims

            At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, a bronze statue of a girl who holds a large paper crane up to the sky is one of the poignant symbols, along with the nearby A-Bomb Dome.

            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202200001
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            Sankei news

            panorama photo

            Tsuriishi Shrine
            http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/panor...220ishinomaki/

            Search for Okawa school children missing in tsunami

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              Chinese delegation to visit disaster-hit Tohoku

              A Chinese business delegation is to visit northeastern Japan to buy local products to help the region recover from last year's disaster.

              Tuesday, February 21, 2012 13:08 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120221_16.html

              Special coins to commemorate disaster

              Japan's government plans to issue commemorative coins to individual investors who buy a certain amount of bonds to help recovery from last year's March 11th disaster.
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              Tuesday, February 21, 2012 13:56 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120221_18.html
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              AJW

              Father who survived tsunami wants to take 'step forward'

              RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--"I want to cry, it’s just that I don't know how best to cry. Tears just don't come naturally to me."
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              Yukihisa Ojima strolls on a vacant lot in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, where his house once stood. (Naoko Kawamura)
              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202210052
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              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

              Tourism agency chief wants Japanese to become more traveler friendly

              Hiroshi Mizohata, commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA), called on the Japanese people on Feb. 21 to be more receptive to foreign tourists and revitalize the domestic economy along the way in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/travel/archiv...na013000c.html

              China ready to promote cooperation with disaster-hit Japanese firms

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A senior Chinese trade official on Tuesday expressed hope of strengthening cooperation with Japanese companies hit hard by the powerful earthquake last March, as the two countries commemorate this year the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral relations.

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

              Ratio of nonregular workers to labor force at record 35.2% in 2011

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The percentage of nonregular workers to the labor force in 2011 hit a record high at an average 35.2 percent in Japan excluding three prefectures severely affected by the March earthquake and tsunami, up 0.8 point from 2010, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Monday.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu110000c.html

              Jan. department store sales down 1.1% on year

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Department store sales in Japan fell 1.1 percent in January from a year earlier on a same-store basis for the first decline in two months, due to heavy snowfall as well as cold weather conditions that dampened private consumption especially from the middle of the reporting month, an industry body said Monday.

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

              Paper imports hit record high in 2011 on decline in domestic production

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Paper imports increased 24.4 percent in 2011 from the previous year to a record 1.74 million tons, amid a decline in domestic production following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which resulted in damage to some domestic plants, the Japan Paper Association said Monday.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu116000c.html

              Japan to issue commemorative coins in support of reconstruction efforts

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will issue 1,000-yen and 10,000-yen commemorative coins in fiscal 2015 to investors holding bonds being sold next month to support efforts to rebuild areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government said Tuesday.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm076000c.html

              Greater jolts may hit capital in future Tokyo Bay quake: gov't study

              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A future earthquake in the northern part of Tokyo Bay could register the maximum 7 on the Japanese intensity scale in the capital, stronger than the previously assumed upper 6, a recent study by an education ministry project team showed Tuesday.

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm158000c.html
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              Jiji press

              Japan to Launch Campaign of Gratitude for Foreign Tourists

              Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday it will launch a campaign to express the nation's gratitude for foreign tourists who visit Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami last March.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022100788

              Japan to Reward Buyers of Reconstruction Bonds with Memorial Coins

              Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government decided on Tuesday to cast coins in fiscal 2015 that will be given to individuals who buy bonds issued to raise funds for reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022101122

              Japan to Create 3-D Tsunami Software with Fastest Supercomputer

              Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. <6702> and Tohoku University said Tuesday that they will jointly develop software that will forecast detailed tsunami damage through three-dimensional images.

              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022101137
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              Sankei news

              Memorial Coins

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              JMA

              04:16 JST 21 Feb 2012 38.8N 142.4E 40 km M4.1 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                S.Korea to open tourism office in quake-hit Sendai

                South Korea will open an office in northeastern Japan to help revive tourism in the region after last year's earthquake and tsunami.

                Wednesday, February 22, 2012 06:06 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120222_05.html

                Int'l conference on natural disasters planned

                Japan will host a ministerial level meeting on natural disasters in July to share lessons from the great earthquake and tsunami last year.
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                Wednesday, February 22, 2012 06:07 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120222_07.html
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                Yomiuri online

                Study: Tokyo quake could register 7

                A major earthquake a government panel presumes could occur centered under northern Tokyo Bay could register 7--the strongest on the Japanese seismic intensity scale--in central Tokyo, a ministry study has found.

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120221005585.htm
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                Tokyo could be hit with stronger earthquake than thought

                Studies by a project team of the science and technology ministry indicate that the Tokyo area could be hit by an earthquake with a maximum seismic intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale, instead of an upper 6 as previously believed, sources said.
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                Firefighters transfer a woman, playing the role of an injured person, during an earthquake drill in Tachikawa, Tokyo, on Jan. 22, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202220001

                Tohoku fishing industry determined to defeat tsunami

                After Kaneo Miura built a new fishing vessel, he proudly displayed colorful "tairyo-bata"--the flags indicating a successful haul from the sea--on the boat near a fish market in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.

                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202220054
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                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                Dragon-shaped snow sculpture designed to encourage disaster-hit regions wins contest

                YOKOTE, Akita -- A dragon-shaped snow sculpture carved by members of a high school baseball team for their counterparts in nuclear disaster-hit regions has won the grand prize in a contest here.

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/arts/archive/...na003000c.html

                Fujitsu, Tohoku Univ. launch research on tsunami simulation system

                SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Fujitsu Ltd. and Tohoku University said Tuesday they have launched joint research to develop a three-dimensional tsunami simulation system by utilizing the world's fastest "K" supercomputer.

                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...fp013000c.html
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                Japan to Give Overseas Aid Linked to Disaster Area Products

                Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japan will provide aid to developing countries as funds to procure industrial products made in areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022200182

                Budget Proposals Surge in 3 Most Disaster-Affected Japan Prefs

                Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--Budget proposals for fiscal 2012 starting in April of three northeastern Japan prefectures hardest hit by last year's disaster surged to record levels above one trillion yen, according to data compiled by Jiji Press Wednesday.

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022200733

                Foreign Residents Decrease 14.3 Pct in 3 Disaster-Hit Prefs

                Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--The number of registered foreign residents at the end of 2011 in the three northeastern Japan prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, hardest hit by the March disaster, plunged 14.3 pct from a year before to 28,828, the Justice Ministry said Wednesday.

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022201016
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                Sankei news

                altitude sign in Himeji city, Hyogo pref

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                07:43 JST 22 Feb 2012 37.8N 142.6E 10 km M4.3 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                10:55 JST 22 Feb 2012 39.1N 142.5E 30 km M4.2 Iwate-ken Oki

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                17:28 JST 22 Feb 2012 40.1N 142.2E 60 km M4.0 Iwate-ken Oki

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                  Transport ministry to develop tsunami lifeboat

                  Japan's transport ministry will develop lifeboats that allow evacuees to live at sea for several days after a tsunami.

                  Thursday, February 23, 2012 09:56 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120223_12.html

                  Foreign registrants in Japan down for third year

                  The number of foreigners registered in Japan has dropped for the third straight year.

                  Thursday, February 23, 2012 09:56 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120223_13.html

                  NHK wins British TV journalism award

                  NHK has won a journalism award from Britain's leading television forum for its coverage of last year's earthquake and tsunami.

                  Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:07 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120223_17.html
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                  Yomiuri online

                  Miyagi base eyed for volunteers

                  Private universities in the Tokyo area plan to jointly set up a base for student volunteers in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, to help restoration work in areas hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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                  Hope fades for lone pine tree survivor of tsunami
                  *REUTERS

                  RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture -- Very little was left standing in the city of Rikuzentakata after a huge tsunami tore through nearly a year ago. Even the centuries-old pine forest by the sea that had long been a symbol of the city was obliterated.
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                  The lone surviving pine tree in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, is now dying. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
                  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202230026

                  Only half of Tohoku rebuilding budget used

                  Only about half of the budgeted 6.7 trillion yen ($83.7 billion) has been used to rebuild areas devastated by last year’s disasters, as labor shortages, unfinished paperwork and persistent confusion have bogged down the process.
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                  No work has been done to repair Arahama Junior High School in Watari, Miyagi Prefecture. (Masaru Komiyaji)
                  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202230039

                  Photos capture disaster area from children’s angles

                  Yumi Goto wanted children in areas hit hard by the March 11 disaster to record the devastation and reconstruction from their own perspectives, because they are the future.
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                  Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                  1 mil. tofu packs made from Paraguay soy beans sent to disaster victims

                  RIO DE JANEIRO (Kyodo) -- A total of 1 million packets of tofu made from Paraguayan soy beans have been delivered to those affected by the March disaster in Japan, people involved in the project said Wednesday.

                  http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm022000c.html

                  At least 4.37 million chickens died from lack of feed after quake shut ports

                  After the Great East Japan Earthquake damaged and closed ports, at least 4.37 million chickens being raised in Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures died, leading to a shortage of eggs in eastern Japan.

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

                  Japan Ad Spending Down for 4th Straight Year in 2011

                  Tokyo, Feb. 23 (Jiji Press)--Ad spending in Japan in 2011 fell 2.3 pct from the previous year to 5,709.6 billion yen, down for the fourth straight year, Dentsu Inc. <4324> said Thursday.

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2012022300886

                  Condo Supply in Disaster-Hit Tohoku Drops 33.1 Pct in 2011

                  Tokyo, Feb. 23 (Jiji Press)--The number of new condominiums put up for sale in 2011 sank 33.1 pct from the previous year to 967 units in the Tohoku northeastern Japan region hit by the March earthquake and tsunami, a private think tank said Thursday.

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022300837
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                  panorama photo

                  pine tree like a dragon in Kesennuma city, Miyagi pref
                  http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/panor...012/0223matsu/

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                    Shanghai event marks Japan-China ties

                    ....On display at the venue are photos showing how much Japan's northeast has recovered from last year's earthquake and tsunami as well as panels promoting various tourist spots.

                    Friday, February 24, 2012 06:26 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120224_02.html

                    A moment of silence on March 11th

                    The government will call on the people of Japan to observe a moment of silence on March 11th, the anniversary of last year's massive earthquake and tsunami.

                    Friday, February 24, 2012 13:24 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120224_19.html

                    Domestic output of Japan's carmakers up 19%

                    Japan's major carmakers are catching up on lost production caused by local and overseas disasters. January figures show a rise in domestic output by nearly 19 percent from a year earlier.

                    Friday, February 24, 2012 17:57 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120224_31.html

                    Guitars made from tsunami-felled tree

                    Guitars made of wood from a pine tree felled by the tsunami last March will feature in a musical depicting people striving to rebuild from the disaster.

                    Friday, February 24, 2012 20:00 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120224_35.html
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                    Yomiuri online

                    Foreign residents decrease by 55,000

                    The Justice Ministry has reported that the preliminary number of registered foreign residents in Japan was 2,078,480 as of the end of 2011, down 55,671 from the previous year.

                    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120223006804.htm

                    Teams to fight delinquency / Ministry to send former teachers, police to disaster-hit areas

                    The education ministry plans to dispatch about 50 former teachers and former police officers to three prefectures devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake to help prevent an increase of juvenile delinquency there.

                    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120223004375.htm
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                    REMEMBERING 3/11: Oscar-nominated documentary finds hope amid devastation of March 11

                    Japan’s cherry blossoms were never more poignant than last spring, when stunning canopies of pink and white spread across the Tohoku coast just weeks after the March 11 tsunami had claimed thousands of lives.
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                    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                    Bereaved boy questions meaning of life after March 11 disasters

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Yuji Hamada, 15, was born on March 11. His birthday was always a day of celebration, on which he typically shared a cake with his family. But after the major earthquake and tsunami last year, he now wonders if he should be happy or not. "It's a day that appears to be both happy and bad, perhaps," he said.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/features/arch...fe081000c.html

                    Japan's condo supply rises 2.2.% in 2011

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The supply of condominiums in Japan in 2011 rose 2.2 percent from the previous year to 86,582 units, posting gains for two years in a row, a private research agency said Thursday.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu134000c.html

                    Advertising spending falls 2.3% in 2011, down for 4th year

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Total advertising spending in Japan declined 2.3 percent in 2011 from the year before to 5.71 trillion yen, marking the fourth straight year of decline, Dentsu Inc. said Thursday.

                    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu135000c.html

                    Panel calls for steps in Tokyo Bay against biggest tsunami in 1,000 yrs

                    YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- A land ministry panel agreed Thursday on basic policies calling for infrastructure measures in the Tokyo area to address a huge tsunami expected every 1,000 years or so, in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan last March, panel officials said.

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

                    Last evacuation facility in 3 disaster-hit prefectures closes

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

                    Japan Fair Opens in Shanghai

                    Shanghai, Feb. 24 (Jiji Press)--A fair organized to express Japan's gratitude for Chinese support in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year opened in Shanghai on Friday.

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022400864
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                    JMA

                    04:28 JST 24 Feb 2012 39.0N 142.3E 60 km M4.7 Iwate-ken Oki

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                      Director reflects on 3/11 disaster documentary

                      The British director of a documentary film depicting the aftermath of last year's earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan says she wants people around the world to learn about the realities of disaster survivors.

                      Saturday, February 25, 2012 22:11 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120225_18.html
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                      Yomiuri online

                      Docomo to launch disaster voice message service

                      NTT Docomo Inc. has announced it will begin offering a disaster voice message service from March 1, a service that will allow voice messages to be sent via its mobile phones' Internet network in the event of a disaster.

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120224005493.htm
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                      AJW

                      Rice from salt-damaged paddies made into 'sake of rebuilding'

                      They said the salt left by the March 11 tsunami had left his paddies barren, but Kazuyoshi Otomo, a 67-year-old farmer in Sendai's Wakabayashi Ward, refused to believe them.

                      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202250001

                      Indonesia's answer to AKB48 sings at quake memorial event

                      JAKARTA--Members of JKT48, Indonesia's answer to the all-girl idol group AKB48, performed two of the Japanese ensemble's songs at an event held here Feb. 24.

                      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202250024

                      Masterpiece to be loaned to Sendai museum

                      The "Red and White Plum Blossoms" folding screen, a masterpiece by the renowned artist Ogata Korin (1658-1716), will shortly be displayed in the quake-hit Tohoku region for a limited run.

                      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202250045
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                      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                      Japanese automakers expand domestic output by 18.8&#37; in Jan.

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The combined domestic vehicle production of Japan's eight major automakers in January increased 18.8 percent from a year earlier to 798,968 units for the fourth straight month of rise, as the revival of subsidies for the purchase of eco-friendly cars stimulated domestic demand, according to their data released Friday.

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

                      Noda asks public to offer silent prayers for March 11 victims

                      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday called on the public to offer silent prayers at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan at that time last year.

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

                      Disaster victim with cancer not given qualification for care until three days after death

                      ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- At a temporary housing unit here on Feb. 10, a baby boy turned his head and looked around the room. "He looks just like his grandfather," said the baby's grandmother, 57-year-old Nobuko Kimura. In the corner of the room over a shelf was a portrait of the child's grandfather, Fumiyuki, who passed away at the age of 61 after a battle with lung cancer.

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

                      00:59 JST 25 Feb 2012 38.3N 142.4E 20 km M4.0 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                        Volunteers trim cherry trees in quake-hit city

                        Volunteers have trimmed cherry trees in the northeastern city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. The city was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami last March.

                        Sunday, February 26, 2012 15:02 +0900 (JST)
                        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120226_14.html
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                        Sankei news

                        broken beakwater in Kamaishi port, Iwate pref

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                          Town to build evacuation platforms for tsunami

                          A town in central Japan says it will build evacuation platforms over municipal roads to protect residents from tsunami after a major earthquake.

                          Monday, February 27, 2012 11:47 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120227_12.html
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                          AJW

                          Agency plans to forecast ground motions that shake high-rises

                          The Meteorological Agency plans to forecast long-period earthquake ground motions, which maintain much of their momentum and can violently shake high-rises far from the temblor’s epicenter.
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                          High-rise buildings in Tokyo's Nishi-Shinjuku district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
                          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202270001

                          14 jets issued emergency landing declarations after March 11 quake

                          The Great East Japan Earthquake created chaos in the skies, forcing 86 passenger jets to find new destinations and 14 to issue emergency landing declarations, transport ministry officials said.
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                          Chubu Airport had the most diverted landings on March 11, 2011, as five of the 14 passenger jets that issued emergency declarations ended up landing there. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
                          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202270038
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                          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                          Many hospitals in quake-hit areas ill-equipped to meet patients' needs

                          SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Seventeen of 45 major hospitals in coastal areas of the three prefectures hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are still being forced to curtail the range of their services compared with predisaster levels because they remain understaffed, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm034000c.html

                          Massive force applies to Kamaishi breakwater in March disaster

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The tsunami of March 11, 2011, hit the breakwater at the bay entrance of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, with two-and-a-half times the force of one caused by a massive earthquake in 1896, a study by a government-affiliated research institution showed Monday.

                          http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm036000c.html

                          FM radio station in tsunami-hit Miyagi town faces possible closure

                          ONAGAWA, Miyagi -- Onagawa Saigai FM, a radio station established as a vital source of information after the huge tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated this town, is in danger of shutting down.

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

                          Father of city employee lost to tsunami still wants answers from mayor

                          MINAMISANRIKU, Miyagi -- The father of an employee of this city who disappeared in the March 11 tsunami held a funeral for his son on Feb. 26, while continuing to doubt whether the mayor made the right choices when the city was struck by the disaster.

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

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                          Unosumai school reopens in Kamaishi city, Iwate pref

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                          JMA

                          20:32 JST 27 Feb 2012 39.9N 142.1E 50 km M4.0 Iwate-ken Oki

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                            Tsunami-hit school to leave testimonies of pupils’ survival

                            An elementary school engulfed by the tsunami from the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake is recording the memories of pupils whose lives were narrowly saved by the decision of their principal and others to get them to higher ground.
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                            Togura Elementary School is swallowed up by the tsunami on March 11. (Provided by Ichiro Abe)
                            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202280005

                            REMEMBERING 3/11: Images of the lost loom large in survivors' lives

                            ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Fujio Sato lost his wife, grandson and granddaughter in the Great East Japan Earthquake, but sleeps with their photographs every night.

                            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202280038
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                            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                            Disaster-hit kids' photos express affection for hometowns

                            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A book has been published featuring photographs taken by children in areas hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, expressive of their feelings for their families, lost homes, schools and separated friends.

                            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/arts/archive/...et090000c.html

                            Adult quake victims volunteer for younger peers

                            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Mayumi Baba, 36, took part as a volunteer in a meeting for children who lost parents in the March 11 disasters at an auditorium in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture in September.

                            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/features/arch...fe092000c.html

                            Gov't quake panel cut tsunami warning in report prior to March 11

                            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The science ministry's earthquake research panel omitted a warning that massive tsunami could hit northeastern Japan "at any moment" from a report prior to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, having earlier planned to include it, a ministry document showed Tuesday.

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

                            Village residents grateful to ex-mayor for huge breakwater that prevented tsunami damage

                            FUDAI, Iwate -- A village here was spared tsunami damage in last year's Great East Japan Earthquake thanks to a high-rise breakwater introduced by a former mayor, local residents believe.

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

                            Uniqlo to Invest 300 M. Yen to Support Quake-Hit Areas

                            Tokyo, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)--Casual wear chain store Uniqlo Co. said Tuesday it will invest a total of 300 million yen in five nongovernmental organizations that help victims of last year's disaster rebuild their lives.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2012022800677

                            Job Mobility in Japan Hits Record Low in 1st Half of 2011

                            Tokyo, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)--The total number of people who found and lost jobs in Japan fell by 240,000 from a year earlier to 7.25 million in January-June 2011, hitting the lowest level since 2004 when comparable data became available, a labor ministry survey showed Tuesday.

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022801005
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                            JMA

                            01:30 JST 28 Feb 2012 38.5N 141.8E 50 km M4.5 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                            23:14 JST 28 Feb 2012 38.3N 142.0E 60 km M4.1 Miyagi-ken Oki

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                              Yomiuri online

                              REVITALIZING JAPAN -- Creative use of land / Akita shares key to success with N. European city

                              Many areas struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake have felt the impact of the graying society, decline in birthrate and drop in population significantly longer than the rest of the country.
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                              AJW

                              Commemorative coins pay tribute to tales of endurance

                              The Finance Ministry is offering commemorative coins bearing iconic images of endurance from the Great East Japan Earthquake to encourage holders of government bonds to hang on to their investments for the long haul.
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                              The lone pine tree in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, left, the No. 58 Daishin Maru, center, and a map of east Japan were chosen as motifs for a set of commemorative coins to be awarded to holders of government reconstruction bonds. (Provided by the Finance Ministry)
                              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202290052

                              Fast Retailing to invest in reconstruction efforts

                              Fast Retailing Co., operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, said it will invest 300 million yen ($3.7 million) in economic recovery efforts in disaster-stricken areas of Japan.

                              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202290034

                              Photo exhibitions offer glimpses of March 11 disaster

                              If a picture paints a thousand words, the powerful images in three photo exhibitions of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake at various venues must be worth more than a million words.

                              A crying Eriko Kumagai sings the school song at the graduation ceremony on March 28, 2011, at Shizugawa Elementary School in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun/Shogo Koshida)
                              http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201202290003
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                              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                              Uniqlo to help civic groups in quake-hit regions

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing store chain said Tuesday it will give financial help to five nongovernmental organizations support rebuilding of regions devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu138000c.html

                              Industrial output up 2.0% in Jan. on strong demand for cars, cameras

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's industrial production rose a seasonally adjusted 2.0 percent in January from the previous month for the second straight monthly rise, buoyed by strong demand for automobiles and cameras, the government said Wednesday.

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu150000c.html

                              Japan's vehicle output up 18.6% in Jan.

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's vehicle output in January rose 18.6 percent from a year earlier to 837,197 units, up for the fourth straight month, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Wednesday.

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu162000c.html

                              Tsunami may override outer breakwater in big quake at major ports: gov't

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tsunami waves may override the outermost breakwaters at eight or more of the 19 major ports on the Pacific from eastern to southwestern Japan if a worst-case tsunami is created by a large earthquake, the transport ministry's simulation results showed Wednesday.

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm037000c.html

                              Japan tsunami debris spreading across Pacific

                              HONOLULU (AP) -- Lumber, boats and other debris ripped from Japanese coastal towns by tsunamis last year have spread across some 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) of the northern Pacific, where they could wash ashore on the U.S. west coast as early as a year from now.

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

                              Koga resigns as head of war-bereaved group over quake deaths

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Makoto Koga stepped down Tuesday as chairman of the Japan War-Bereaved Association after heading it for a decade, to take responsibility over two quake-related deaths last year at a Tokyo facility run by the group, association sources said.

                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm104000c.html

                              Track-and-field members from Sendai school will not get exemption to compete

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

                              Tsunami Likely to Sweep over Breakwaters at 8 Japanese Ports

                              Tokyo, Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--Breakwaters at eight ports in Japan are likely to be overwhelmed if they are hit by the highest likely tsunami after a giant earthquake, simulation data released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism showed Wednesday.

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012022900753
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                              JMA

                              20:31 JST 29 Feb 2012 39.6N 143.6E 10 km M5.1 Sanriku Oki

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                                Gergiev conducts for 3/11 victims in Tokyo

                                A special concert dedicated to the victims of the March 11th quake and tsunami disaster was held in Tokyo on Wednesday.
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                                Thursday, March 01, 2012 08:59 +0900 (JST)
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                                Japan's capital spending rises 1st in 3 quarters

                                Japanese corporate capital spending in the October-December period posted the first year-on-year increase in 3 quarters, largely due to recovery efforts in the quake-hit region.

                                Thursday, March 01, 2012 15:09 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120301_28.html
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                                Yomiuri online

                                REVITALIZING JAPAN -- Creative use of land / Tokyo lags in attracting foreign companies

                                The following is the second installment in the "Creative use of land" section of a series of articles examining ways to restore Japan's vitality. This part of the series will explore how to utilize land in the face of problems common to all parts of the country. This article looks at what should be done toward creating a community with a unique character.

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120229006769.htm

                                Lawyer returns to disaster-hit prefecture

                                RIKUZEN-TAKATA, Iwate--A young lawyer who spent about a year as a legal apprentice in Iwate Prefecture will be stationed at a legal office scheduled to open on Monday in Rikuzen-Takata, a city in the prefecture devastated by last year's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120229005548.htm

                                Diet OK's bill to reduce salaries / Government employee wage cuts to free 580 bil. yen for reconstruction

                                The House of Councillors on Wednesday passed a bill into law to cut national government employees' salaries by an average of 7.8 percent over two years from fiscal 2012.

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120229006344.htm
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                                Levee reconstruction in Tohoku falls behind schedule

                                Reconstruction work this fiscal year is expected to start on only 18 kilometers of the 190 km of levees destroyed by last year’s tsunami in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, according to an Asahi Shimbun survey.
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                                Signs show the heights of planned levees in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture. (Yasushi Sato)
                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203010062

                                Hand-carved statues to be given to bereaved parents

                                SENDAI--Hundreds of hand-carved Buddhist statues are to be presented to parents who lost children in the Great East Japan Earthquake.

                                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203010036
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                                Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                                Capital spending by Japan firms grows as reconstruction work proceeds

                                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Capital spending by Japanese firms grew 7.6 percent in the final quarter of 2011 from a year earlier, reflecting accelerated work by some industries to rebuild their facilities and equipment damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, the government said Thursday.

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/busin...bu142000c.html

                                Law enacted to cut national civil servants' pay by average of 7.8&#37;

                                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A special law to cut the salaries of national civil servants by an average of 7.8 percent cleared parliament on Wednesday, enabling the government to secure around 290 billion yen annually to fund reconstruction projects following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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

                                Over 90% of Tokyoites concern over disaster in metropolitan area

                                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- More than half of Tokyoites strongly worry that a massive disaster involving an earthquake and tsunami will hit the capital, a survey by the Tokyo police showed Thursday.

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm104000c.html

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                                Japan Disaster-Linked Bankruptcies Total 628

                                Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)--The number of corporate bankruptcies related to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan totaled 628 as of the end of February, industry data showed Thursday.

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=ind&k=2012030100981

                                Japan to Sell More Reconstruction Lottery Tickets

                                Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan will put more postdisaster reconstruction "Green Jumbo" public lottery tickets on sale on the back of brisk demand.

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012030100191

                                Contact with Family Members Deterred Rush Home after Quake: Survey

                                Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)--People who were able to contact family members soon after the earthquake on March 11 last year resisted the urge to rush home, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department survey revealed Thursday.

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012030100681

                                Graduating Students Vow to Face Up to Disaster Consequences

                                Kesennuma, Miyagi Pref., March 1 (Jiji Press)--High school students in the tsunami-hit port city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, pledged Thursday not to ignore the consequences of the disaster as they bid farewell to their disrupted school life.

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012030100926

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