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  • #76
    Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead & missing - March 27+

    Japan, China, S.Korea hold business summit

    Business communities in Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to work together to build a cooperative system on disaster management to learn lessons from the March 11th natural disaster.......

    Monday, May 23, 2011 05:16 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/23_02.html

    Boat washed ashore by tsunami moved back to sea

    A fishing boat washed ashore by the March 11th tsunami has been moved by a floating crane to waters off Miyagi Prefecture.......
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    Monday, May 23, 2011 14:36 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/23_21.html
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    Yomiuri online

    Diverse support given to earthquake victims

    People and organizations from hundreds of kilometers away are extending their hands to survivors of the March 11 disaster, offering support to everyone from scholars to soccer players. ......

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110522002907.htm

    Living in damaged houses / Disaster victims endure unsafe structures, lack of utilities

    Many people are continuing to live in homes severely damaged by tsunami in the March 11 disaster, despite the risk of collapse from aftershocks and in some cases a lack of water and electricity. .....

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110522002543.htm

    Understaffing stalls donations / Local govts need help to distribute money to disaster survivors

    A manpower shortage is hampering the distribution of 84.3 billion yen donated at home and abroad for survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. .....

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110522002943.htm

    Only 30% of donations reaches victims

    Only about 30 percent of money donated to help victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has reached people in the hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.......

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110522002795.htm
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    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

    Japan, S. Korea eye reviving economy, tourism of quake-hit areas

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak agreed Sunday to join hands in helping Japan's northeast revive its economy and tourism as the Tohoku region and the rest of Japan continue to reel from the effects of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami........

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

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    Jiji press

    INTERVIEW: Japan Economist Seeks Consumption Tax Hike for Reconstruction

    Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Japan needs to raise the consumption tax rate to secure funds for reconstruction after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and reforms of the nation's social security systems, Ryutaro Kono, chief economist at BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Ltd., has said in a recent interview with Jiji Press......

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052300317

    Market Prices of Rice Soar after March 11 Disaster

    Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Spot market prices for rice cultivated in 2010 have soared in Japan due to concerns about possible supply shortages for this year's crop due to the impact of the March 11 disaster and the nuclear crisis.....

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052300697
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    • #77
      Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead & missing - March 27+

      China opens door to foreign travel companies

      The Chinese government says it is allowing three foreign companies to participate directly in the country's travel market for the first time.......

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011 07:05 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_04.html

      Student orchestra stages charity concert

      A student orchestra staged a charity concert on Monday at a college near Tokyo, to support the reconstruction of areas hit by the March 11th disaster........

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011 09:42 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_11.html

      Placido Domingo offers donation to quake-hit Japan

      Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera company have donated 200,000 dollars to people in Japan affected by the March 11th quake and tsunami......

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:22 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_17.html

      Metropolitan Opera holds charity concert for Japan

      In New York, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera held a charity concert on Monday to support reconstruction in Japan after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011 16:36 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_24.html

      Toyota's output to be 90% of pre-disaster level

      Toyota Motor plans to raise its domestic output next month to about 90 percent of the pre-disaster level, moving up the maker's production recovery timetable.....

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011 16:36 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_27.html

      Yosano lowers 2011 growth forecast to 0.6 %

      Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister says the nation's economic growth is likely to slow down significantly this fiscal year because of a decline in industrial production after the March 11th disaster......

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011 16:36 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_29.html

      Belgian artist opens charity exhibition in Tokyo

      A Belgian artist known for his flower arrangements has opened a charity exhibition in Tokyo for victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011 19:47 +0900 (JST)
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/24_35.html
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      Yomiuri online

      Lone pine may be seed of forest's rebirth

      MORIOKA--The terrifying force of the March 11 tsunami left only one tree standing from a forest of 70,000 in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture. Today, scientists are using that same tree in their efforts to bring back one of the nation's most beautiful sights.......

      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110523003977.htm
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      Asahi com

      Knowledge held by seismologists should be used to change society

      In 1997, Katsuhiko Ishibashi, professor emeritus of seismology at Kobe University, coined a phrase as a warning about the possibility of a complex disaster triggered by an earthquake striking a nuclear power plant. ....

      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105230125.html

      Boat returns to sea after being landlocked by tsunami

      KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A longline tuna fishing boat returned to the sea on May 23, almost two-and-a-half months after it was swept ashore by the March 11 tsunami. ......

      http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105230129.html
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      Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

      5-10% salary cuts agreed for central government employees

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government and a union representing central government employees agreed Monday to cut monthly salaries by 5 to 10 percent and bonuses by 10 percent to secure funds for the reconstruction of regions hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami........

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

      Record-low 91% of new university graduates get jobs in April

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The employment rate of new university graduates at the April 1 start of fiscal 2011 edged down 0.7 percentage point from the year before to match the record-low 91.1 percent recorded in 2000, as the March 11 quake and tsunami hit employers' sentiment, the government said Tuesday......

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

      Tokyo metropolitan gov't to adopt summertime working hours from July

      TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce summertime working hours for its employees from July to help the capital's economy reduce electricity consumption and save energy, sources familiar with the matter said Monday......

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

      Ex-Sri Lankan soldiers return favor from 2004 in helping restoration efforts in Japan

      ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- Former Sri Lankan soldiers are engaging in restoration efforts here in return for the Japanese government's support following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami........

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

      Disaster hampers university students' job search amid the 'ice age' of employment

      As the employment rate for new university graduates at the start of fiscal 2011 edged down 0.7 of a percentage point from the year before to match the record-low 91.1 percent recorded in 2000, many students are distressed over their bad timing or worried about their potential employers withdrawing their job offers.......

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

      Job-Securing Rate Matches Record Low for Japan College Grads

      Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--The job-securing rate for Japanese college students who graduated this spring stood at 91.1 pct, matching a record low also marked in fiscal 1999 when the employment situation was severe in the wake of a financial crisis in the country, a government survey showed Tuesday.......

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052400362

      DPJ Tokyo Not to Seek Law to Cut Vending Machines' Power Use

       Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--Democratic Party of Japan members of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly said Tuesday they will not submit to a June session a bill to cut power use of soft drink vending machines........

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052400563

      DPJ Accepts Opposition Proposal over Reconstruction Agency

      Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--The government and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday accepted a proposal by opposition parties to revise legislation for reconstruction of areas devastated by the March disaster so that it can be enacted by parliament soon......

      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052400627
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      Sankei news

      Osaka city officer at Ishinomaki city, Miyagi pref

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      • #78
        Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead & missing - March 27+

        Expert: March tsunami traveled at 20km/h in Sendai

        An expert says a tsunami triggered by the March 11th earthquake traveled at a speed of 20 kilometers an hour in the Sendai Plain, northeastern Japan, making it difficult for people to escape after they saw the wave.....

        Wednesday, May 25, 2011 01:09 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_01.html

        Ambassador: Japan working to restore production

        Japan's ambassador to the United States says his government is doing all it can to help normalize corporate production activities in the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami......

        Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:21 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_11.html

        Japan posts 1st trade deficit in 3 months

        Japan registered a trade deficit in April for the first time in 3 months due to a sharp export decline following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.....
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        Wednesday, May 25, 2011 14:08 +0900 (JST)
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        Govt sets daytime summer power cuts

        The Japanese government is to restrict power usage by factories and other major consumers this summer in areas covered by the Tokyo and Tohoku power companies.......

        Wednesday, May 25, 2011 14:51 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_21.html

        OECD forecasts Japan GDP to shrink 0.9% this year

        The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, forecasts that Japan's economy will shrink 0.9 percent this year due to the devastating disaster in March....

        Wednesday, May 25, 2011 20:02 +0900 (JST)
        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/25_36.html
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        Mentally disabled feel job pinch due to quake

        MIYAKO, Iwate--The job market has been painfully tough for mentally disabled people in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, as many of them have been laid off or seen markets for their products and services vanish due to tsunami-wrought destruction......

        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110524004419.htm
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        Asahi com

        Low-paying jobs give hope to quake victims

        KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A former drug sales company employee who lost his job after the March 11 disaster is happily clearing mud from victims' homes while earning 750 yen ($9.30) per hour for his hard work. .....

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105240125.html

        Fund allows investors to back disaster-hit companies

        A Tokyo-based investment fund company has set up a special fund that hooks up individual investors directly with companies devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. .....

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105240138.html

        Government reaches quick agreement on pay cuts for civil servants

        In an unusually expedient manner, the government and labor unions affiliated with Rengo (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) agreed May 23 on the rates of salary cuts for central government civil servants.....

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105240149.html

        Study: 210 evacuation centers in danger of landslides

        Landslides are a threat to at least 210 evacuation centers in the three prefectures most affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, a government land study has found. ....

        http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105240132.html

        Town official risked life to capture crucial moments

        MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Dramatic images have emerged from the massive tsunami of March 11 from a town official who evacuated to the rooftop of a three-story building and kept taking photos until the wall of water engulfed him.....
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        Japan envoy thanks U.S. for postdisaster help in Congress

        WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Japan's ambassador to the United States thanked the country Tuesday for help in relief work following the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan during a congressional subcommittee session......

        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm110000c.html

        Miyagi gov't wants Tohoku region to carry out capital's crisis management functions

        SENDAI -- The Miyagi Prefectural Government is set to urge the national government to relocate some of Japan's capital functions to the quake- and tsunami-hit Tohoku region in northeastern Honshu as part of its restoration plan, local government sources said.....

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

        Divisions among Japan Post companies hobbling recovery efforts in disaster areas

        Strict legal divisions between the smaller companies under Japan Post Holdings Co. have seriously hobbled the company's efforts to restore full postal services in disaster-struck northeast Japan......

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

        Gov't poised to ease mandatory summer electricity savings

        The government is poised to ease mandatory electricity savings this summer for 30 types of businesses and institutions including hospitals, railroads, and semiconductor factories to minimize the impact on people's lives and corporate activity, it has been learned......

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

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        Japan Should Use Disaster to Fortify Economy: Envoy

        Washington, May 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan should turn the devastation caused by the March 11 massive earthquake and tsunami into an opportunity to rebuild and strengthen its economy, Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese ambassador to the United States, said Tuesday. .....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052500364

        (Update) U.S. Official Sees Basis for Japan's V-Shaped Recovery

        Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--A senior U.S. Treasury Department official said Wednesday that he sees the basis for a "V-shaped" recovery in Japan's economic activities over the summer after the slowdown caused by the March 11 catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. .....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052500561

        Shirakawa Rejects Govt Bond Underwriting by BOJ

        Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa flatly rejected suggestions on Wednesday that the BOJ should underwrite Japanese government bonds to help public spending on reconstruction after the March 11earthquake and tsunami. .....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052500810

        INTERVIEW: Keidanren Chief Criticizes Kan Govt

        Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been "very backward-looking" since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Japan Business Federation Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura said in a recent interview......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052500854

        OECD Cuts Japan Economic Outlook for 2011 Due to March Disaster

        Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan's economy is projected to fall 0.9 pct in 2011 in real terms, against a 0.8 pct rise estimated in April, due to the impact of the March disaster, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday......

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052500904

        Japan to Ease Power Limits for Hospitals, Railway Operators

        Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan's industry ministry decided Wednesday to ease mandatory limits on summer power consumption for hospitals and railway operators in areas covered by Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> and Tohoku Electric Power Co. <9506>. .....

        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052500989
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        panorama photo

        after 3 major earthquakes
        Sakae, Nagano pref
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        • #79
          Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

          BOJ to cut FY2011 growth forecast

          The Bank of Japan is expected to revise downward its forecast of the nation's economic growth for this fiscal year as a result of the March 11th quake and tsunami. But it is likely to project a return to the recovery track as early as autumn.....

          Tuesday, April 26, 2011 07:54 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/26_01.html

          Prince and Princess Akishino encourages volunteers

          Prince and Princess Akishino have offered encouragement to health care volunteers who are helping survivors of the March 11 disaster.....
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          Thursday, May 26, 2011 14:19 +0900 (JST)
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          Survey of debris left by tsunami starts at port

          Fisheries experts have begun examining debris left in the bottom of a bay in Iwate Prefecture after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....
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          Thursday, May 26, 2011 15:14 +0900 (JST)
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/26_22.html
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          Yomiuri online

          IN THE NEWS / New NHK anchor given big role in midst of crisis

          Tomoko Kogo--the first woman to anchor NHK's lead news program since Miyuki Morita 12 years ago--had been on the job only a week when she was sent to cover the March 11 earthquake and tsunami on the ground......

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110525005667.htm

          Community ties link disaster-hit neighbors

          MORIOKA--Many residents in tsunami-hit areas of Iwate Prefecture have opted to live in groups at houses in their neighborhoods rather than stay at shelters, preferring to ride out the tough times with acquaintances in communities they are familiar with......

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110525004754.htm

          Some power-cut goals eased / Hospitals, railways not subject to summer energy-saving targets

          Hospitals, railways and about 30 other public services will be exempt from a 15 percent power-reduction order to be imposed on major electricity consumers serviced by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Tohoku Electric Power Co. this summer, the government announced Wednesday......

          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110525006392.htm
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          Asahi com

          March 11 tsunami latest natural disaster for 88-year-old survivor

          OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--Hitoe Yamazaki still finds a way to smile despite acknowledging that she seems to have been born under a bad sign......
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          Key sign in predicting major quake not detected on March 11

          While the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11 was unexpected in many ways, it also had one very expected element for predicting an earthquake in the Tokai region that apparently didn't occur. .....

          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105250146.html
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          Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

          Children finding it hard to study by themselves at evacuation shelters

          HIGASHIMATSUSHIMA, Miyagi -- Children taking shelter in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are having a hard time finding places to study by themselves after many schools resumed normal classes earlier this month following the "Golden Week" holiday period, instead of at the start of April......

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

          Over 300 medical institutions in coastal areas hit by tsunami not operating

          More than 300 medial institutions in coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures have been forced to close or suspend their operations in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, it has been learned.....

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

          Online clothing donations turn into fashion packages for disaster victims

          A Tokyo resident has launched a project using the Internet that provides clothes catering to the individual tastes of women living in areas hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami free of charge.....

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

          Kan Thanks Obama for U.S. Postquake Support

          Deauville, France, May 26 (Jiji Press)--All Japanese people deeply appreciate U.S. support following the March 11 catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told U.S. President Barack Obama here on Thursday......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052700047

          Japan April Corporate Service Prices Down 0.8 Pct

          Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's corporate service prices fell 0.8 pct from a year before in April, the Bank of Japan said Thursday......

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052600123

          Japan Sees Surging Demand for Energy-Saving Home Electronics

          Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)--Shipments of energy-saving home electronics are increasing sharply in Japan amid growing efforts among consumers to conserve electricity, industry officials said.....

          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052600783
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            Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

            OECD Ministerial Council meeting ends

            The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has called on member nations to work for sustained economic recovery, citing the March 11th disaster in Japan as a new risk for the world economy.....

            Friday, May 27, 2011 15:00 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_23.html

            Japanese auto output dives 60% in April

            Domestic vehicle production by Japanese automakers plunged in April, following the March earthquake and tsunami......

            Friday, May 27, 2011 17:25 +0900 (JST)
            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_31.html
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            Marine debris hampers fishing

            Fishermen trying to resume their trade after the March 11 tsunami have been plagued by the massive amount of debris the disaster left in the sea, but cleanup efforts have been hampered by a lack of reliable information on both the amount and location of debris.......

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110526005611.htm

            Miyagi areas devising restoration plans

            Fifteen coastal towns and cities in Miyagi Prefecture battered by the Great East Japan Earthquake are formulating their own restoration plans, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.......

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110526006118.htm

            Iwate Pref. OK's handover of unclaimed cars

            The Iwate prefectural government will allow 12 municipalities in the prefecture to hand over to auto wreckers unclaimed vehicles damaged by tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake.......

            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110526005174.htm
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            Asahi com

            Sichuan quake victims reciprocate for Japanese disaster aid

            TAGAJO, Miyagi Prefecture--Survivors of the Great Sichuan Earthquake in 2008 will never forget the support they received from Japanese. ......
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            Tumbler doll becomes symbol of resilient Tohoku region

            AIZUWAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--A tumbler doll, a popular piece of folk art in the prefecture, is in great demand as a symbol of the tenacious mettle of locals and the reconstruction of the Tohoku region. .....

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105260167.html

            Sake maker to put out one last bottling from his devastated brewery

            OSAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--A sake maker whose brewery was devastated in the Great East Japan Earthquake will make one last bottling of his coveted drink before its buildings are razed. .....

            http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105260170.html
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            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

            GSDF member dies during disaster relief mission

            SAPPORO (Kyodo) -- A Ground Self-Defense Force personnel died early Friday in Iwate Prefecture during a relief mission in the disaster-hit area, the GSDF said.....

            http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm118000c.html RIP

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            Japan Municipalities Seek Tsunami Evacuation Buildings

            Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)--The giant tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11 has spurred moves to secure tsunami evacuation buildings by local authorities in other regions with coastal areas, it was learned Friday.....

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052700841

            Disaster-Hit Areas Should Be Special Reconstruction Zone: Keidanren

            Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Business Federation proposed Friday that the government designate all areas hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami as a special zone for reconstruction, in order to create new communities, rebuild industry and revive agriculture.....

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052701012

            Land Prices Fall across Japan after March Disaster

            Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)--A downtrend in land prices affected mainly commercial areas in Japan during the three months to April 1, due to the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a government survey showed Friday. .....

            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011052701019
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            panorama photo

            after 3 major earthquakes
            Sakae, Nagano pref
            *3/12 03:59 +6(JMA Seismic Intensity)
            *3/12 04:31 -6
            *3/12 05:42 -6
            http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/panor...11/0524sakae3/

            Prince and Princess Akishino
            Otsuchi town Iwate pref

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              Dance performed for war, disaster victims

              Japanese and Palestinian dancers have staged a joint performance to highlight the plight of refugees and survivors of natural disasters in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan......
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              Japanese gov't launches disaster prevention panel

              A Japanese government panel has begun examining the damage caused by the massive March 11th earthquake and tsunami in order to outline a new disaster prevention plan.......

              Saturday, May 28, 2011 22:21 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_22.html

              Pro soccer players visit quake-stricken area

              Japanese professional soccer players playing in European leagues have visited disaster-stricken Miyagi Prefecture to encourage local children.....
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              China to send tourism delegation to Japan

              China will send a tourism industry delegation to Japan, in an effort to promote tours to the disaster-hit country....

              Sunday, May 29, 2011 05:08 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_01.html

              Power-saving products sell well

              Retailers in Japan are launching sales campaigns to help customers save energy. A shortfall in electric power is expected this summer.....

              Sunday, May 29, 2011 10:55 +0900 (JST)
              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_09.html
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              New York painter draws portraits of evacuees

              While many of their portraits were washed away in the tsunami following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, painter Naoto Nakagawa used his felt pen and pad to give many evacuees a personal replacement. ....

              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105270186.html

              Young newcomer rescuing industry on tsunami-hit island of veterans

              SHIOGAMA, Miyagi Prefecture--After seeing their houses and livelihoods wiped out by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, residents here were at a loss on what to do. .....

              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105270191.html

              Efforts under way to help horses used in traditional festival

              Every summer, Masahiko Abe has been proudly riding his 9-year-old horse, Masao, in the Nomaoi (wild-horse) festival, held in the Soma region of Fukushima Prefecture. ....
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              Posters from disaster-stricken city offer ray of hope

              KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--In a poster created by A Beacon of Rebirth Poster Project, a man stands steadfastly amid the rubble in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, above the uplifting words, "Ain't gonna let it break my heart." ....
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              Moving company helps disaster survivors restock with used appliance sales

              OFUNATO, Iwate -- A moving and recycling company set up a temporary sales outlet for used appliances in a parking lot here on May 27 to help residents in this tsunami-devastated town return their lives to normal.....

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

              Tokyo gov't adopts 'daylight savings time' in summer energy savings plan

              Tokyo Metropolitan Government workers will be getting an earlier start to the day this summer under a new "daylight savings time system," part of an energy savings plan unveiled on May 27.....

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

              Foul-smelling fish and seaweed plague survivors of earthquake and tsunami

              OTSUCHI, Iwate -- Mountains of rotting, foul-smelling fish and seaweed are causing March 11 disaster survivors here and in fishing communities all along Japan's northeast coast serious headaches.....

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

              Mixed verdict on temporary school construction after tsunami

              OTSUCHI, Iwate -- Construction of a prefabricated school has begun here to accommodate pupils and students of five elementary and junior high schools that were destroyed by tsunami and fires caused by the March 11 earthquake......

              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na023000c.html
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              panorama photo

              San Juan Bautista, "St. John the Baptist" miyagi san juan bautista museum http://www.santjuan.or.jp/
              http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/panor...525ishinomaki/

               miyagi san juan bautista museum blog

              "hope pine tree" at Rikuzentakata city, Iwate pref

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                Nearly 24,000 dead or missing in March disaster

                The number of dead or missing in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, including aftershocks, stands at 23,795 as of Sunday......

                Monday, May 30, 2011 06:05 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_04.html

                Record rain in Fukui Prefecture

                A tropical storm downgraded from a typhoon has brought a record amount of rain to Fukui Prefecture, on the Japan Sea coast.....

                Monday, May 30, 2011 11:08 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_10.html

                Heavy rain along Pacific coast of Tohoku

                A storm downgraded from a typhoon is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Japan's disaster-stricken Pacific Coast on Monday.....

                Monday, May 30, 2011 14:19 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_17.html

                Mobile carriers to adjust working hours

                Mobile carriers in Japan will adjust their office hours in summer to save energy on weekdays to avoid possible supply disruptions caused by the nuclear plant accident in Fukushima......

                Monday, May 30, 2011 15:42 +0900 (JST)
                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_19.html
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                Japanese expatriates chip in from afar to help Tohoku

                Masami Suzuki, an expatriate Japanese living in the United States, was frank about the helplessness she and others like her felt being away from their home country in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.......

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110529002473.htm

                Carpenter's solution for evacuee privacy

                KYOTO--Propelled by the memory of his family's lack of privacy after the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, a temple and shrine carpenter is delivering wooden partitions to disaster-hit Tohoku to make life in evacuation centers more comfortable......

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110529002341.htm

                Iwate town to get jazzy noon tune

                OTSUCHICHO, Iwate--Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Makoto Ozone has offered to provide a recording of a popular TV theme song to tsunami-hit Otsuchicho to help the town regain its unique public address system chime, according to local officials......

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110529002218.htm

                Land shortage stymies shop scheme

                A recently introduced system that enables businesses hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake to lease commercial space for free has been disrupted by a fundamental problem: A shortage of land......

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110529002152.htm

                Disaster areas set for nod as 'special zones'

                A blue-ribbon panel on earthquake reconstruction likely will urge the government to designate disaster-stricken areas as special zones that would receive preferential tax treatment and other assistance to boost recovery efforts, according to government sources......

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110529002346.htm
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                Man relives wife's storytelling performances after losing her to tsunami

                FUKUSHIMA -- A man here whose wife and home were taken by the tsunami has repaid the kindness of fellow evacuees through storytelling that was a specialty of the woman he loved.......

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

                Company offers drying service for documents soaked by tsunami

                NARA -- A small company here is offering to dry contracts and other important documents that became soaked in the tsunami generated by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.......

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

                Evidence of earthquake discovered under seabed off Kii Peninsula

                Evidence of an earthquake and possible tsunami has been discovered under the seabed off the Kii Peninsula in western Japan, marking the world's first discovery of its kind, researchers have announced......

                magnitude-8.0 range Tonankai earthquakes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1944_T%C5%8Dnankai_earthquake
                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na013000c.html

                Wood from homes destroyed in tsunami pull a stricken town toward recovery

                OTSUCHI, Iwate -- Scrap wood salvaged from rubble in the tsunami-ravaged Kirikiri district here, packaged as "Firewood of Recovery" and sold online is attracting buyers nationwide and helping local residents pull their town closer to recovery.....

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

                Aichi Prefecture governor's demand to turn off air conditioning at schools causes confusion

                NAGOYA -- Education authorities here seem confused after Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura ordered all public schools in the prefecture to turn off air-conditioning systems as part of efforts to cut energy consumption ahead of a serious power shortage expected this summer.....

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

                heavy rain and strong winds

                Kamaishi city, Iwate pref
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                LDP-Backed Independent Wins Quake-Delayed Mito Mayoral Election

                Mito, Ibaraki Pref., May 30 (Jiji Press)--Yasushi Takahashi, an independent backed by the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, has won his first four-year term in a mayoral election in Mito, an eastern Japan city hit hard by the March 11 earthquake.......

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053000065

                Japan to Miss End-May Temporary Housing Target

                Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will miss its goal of building 30,000 temporary houses for evacuees from quake-hit areas by Tuesday, land minister Akihiro Ohata said Monday. .....

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053000289

                Japan Agency Works to Improve Quake Warning Accuracy

                Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Meteorological Agency is working to improve the accuracy of its earthquake early warning system following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan......

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053000490

                DPJ Proposes Modifications to Reconstruction Bill

                Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--The ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Monday put forward proposals to modify legislation on the basic policy for the reconstruction of areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053000533

                Over 70 Pct of Japanese Trying to Save Power: Jiji Poll

                Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--Over 70 pct of Japanese people have been trying to conserve electricity since the country's nuclear crisis erupted in March, a Jiji Press survey found......

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053000576

                Cabinet Office Cites Sharp Economic Deterioration in Tohoku, Kanto

                Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--The Cabinet Office on Monday pointed to sharp economic deterioration in the Tohoku and Kanto regions in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....

                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053000784
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                Nakoso thermal power plant
                Iwaki city, Fukushima pref

                tsunami arrival

                repairing

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                • #83
                  Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                  Japan's April jobless rate worsens to 4.7%

                  Japan's unemployment rate in April worsened by 0.1 percent from the previous month.......

                  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:55 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/31_11.html

                  Job openings drop following quake

                  Job openings in Japan fell for the first time in 17 months in April, in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami......

                  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:20 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/31_14.html

                  Industrial production up 1% in April

                  Japan's industrial production rose 1 percent in April from the previous month, reflecting rebuilding efforts in the quake-hit northeast......

                  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:02 +0900 (JST)
                  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/31_15.html
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                  Landslides feared at 753 sites in 3 prefs

                  There is a risk of landslides at 753 locations in the Tohoku region that were struck hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to a survey by the land ministry.......

                  http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110530003773.htm
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                  Asahi com

                  Bus tour of stricken area hammers home extent of disaster

                  MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Even though they had seen the images of the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in the media, nothing could prepare visitors for seeing the areas up close. ....

                  http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105300187.html
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                  Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                  3 disaster devastated prefectures to form united front

                  The governments of three quake- and tsunami-stricken prefectures in northeast Japan will set up a joint council in June to discuss the path toward recovery and help compile their demands to the central government, the Mainichi has learned......

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

                  Heavy rains bring flooding, mudslides to disaster-hit Tohoku area

                  A low pressure zone formed from Typhoon No. 2 brought about heavy rains and winds that pounded the country from Kyushu in the southwest to Tohoku in the northeast on May 30, bringing flooding and mudslides in areas already hard-hit by the March 11 disasters.......

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

                  Job listings aimed at disaster survivors get few applicants

                  Of some 17,000 employment openings posted to a special job board for those who lost their livelihoods in the March 11 earthquake and disaster, only about 6,400 have received responses......

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

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                  Japan April Jobless Rate at 4.7 Pct

                  Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)--The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Japan, excluding three northeastern prefectures hit by the March 11 disaster, stood at 4.7 pct in April, up 0.01 percentage point from the previous month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Tuesday......

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053100073

                  (Update) Moody's May Downgrade Japan's Aa2 Govt Ratings

                  Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)--Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday it has placed Japan's Aa2 local and foreign currency bond ratings on review for possible downgrade, citing concern over economic deterioration after the March disaster and progress in the government's fiscal reconstruction efforts......

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053100431

                  Japan Turns to China to Revive Tourism

                  Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan is increasingly turning to China to boost its tourism industry hurt by a huge drop in the number of Chinese visitors in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis.....

                  http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011053100922
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                  land subsidence
                  Ishinomaki city, Miyagi pref

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                  • #84
                    Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                    Toyota expected to match 2010 output this year

                    Toyota Motor is expected to produce more than 7 million cars globally in the business year that ends next March. The figure is about the same level as its output for the 2010 business year.......

                    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 07:36 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_09.html

                    Sightseeing boat resting on roof to be removed

                    Authorities in Iwate Prefecture will start work to remove a sightseeing boat that was carried by the March 11th tsunami and ended up on top of a two-story building......
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                    China willing to support Japan through tourism

                    China has expressed its willingness to help Japan's reconstruction from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami by promoting travel to the country.....

                    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 09:08 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_15.html

                    Govt kicks off "Super" Cool Biz campaign

                    The Environment Ministry has launched an enhanced version of its annual energy-saving Cool Biz campaign. The new program is in response to the acute power shortages expected this summer......

                    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 12:42 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_21.html

                    Short pants OK'd in Takeo City

                    A city in southwestern Japan is taking the government summertime energy-saving campaign a step further. It's allowing employees to work in shorts.....
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                    Major semiconductor firm resumes partial operation

                    A major Japanese semiconductor maker has partly resumed operations at a plant that was hit by the March 11th earthquake......

                    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 15:59 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_30.html

                    Auto sales down in May

                    Japan's automakers say domestic sales were down in May due to parts supply disruptions in the wake of the March disaster......

                    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 16:34 +0900 (JST)
                    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_32.html
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                    Yomiuri online

                    Dam collapse victims now fear landslides

                    SUKAGAWA, Fukushima--When the Lake Fujinuma agricultural dam collapsed due to the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, muddy water inundated a residential area downstream, leaving seven people dead and a 1-year-old boy missing in the Naganuma district of Sukagawa, in an inland part of Fukushima Prefecture......
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                    Asahi com(REUTERS)

                    Japan recovery takes hold, but debt downgrade looms

                    Japan's economy offered more signs of recovery from the deadly March earthquake on May 31, but Moody's ratings agency warned both growth and government action may fall short of what is necessary to bring Tokyo's ballooning debt back under control......

                    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105310384.html

                    Stench pervades areas destroyed by March 11 tsunami

                    As temperatures warm in late spring in areas devastated by the tsunami spawned by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, the stench is worsening and even threatening the health of residents. ......
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                    Elderly lead lonely, impoverished lives after disaster

                    Once night falls in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, dim light glows from a few windows at a town-operated apartment complex. .......

                    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105310216.html

                    Shattered Tohoku communities angered, baffled over moves to topple Kan

                    Devastated by the loss of their homes, jobs and loved ones, thousands are still struggling to survive amid debris, shattered communities and the threat of radioactive contamination. .....

                    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105310388.html
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                    DPJ reaches compromise with opposition over reconstruction law

                    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Democratic Party of Japan has reached a compromise with two key opposition parties and will reflect their requests in a law to outline the basic framework for reconstruction in quake-hit northeastern Japan, party lawmakers said Tuesday.....

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

                    Residents in tsunami-ravaged village eye new town with power from green energy

                    KESENNUMA, Miyagi -- Residents of this small farming village are planning to move to high ground and build a new town powered by green energy, as many of their homes were washed away by the March 11 tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake.......

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

                    Photo gallery takes bright attitude to power shortages with LED lighting

                    On March 28, about two and a half weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake and following tsunami crippled power stations feeding Tokyo's power grid, a photo shop on a shopping street in the capital's Shinagawa Ward replaced all 27 of its gallery lights with energy sipping LED bulbs......

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

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                    Japan Enacts Special Passport Law for Disaster Victims

                    Tokyo, June 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's parliament enacted Wednesday a bill to allow authorities to issue special passports with no government fees to people who lost their passports in the devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060100377

                    New S. Korean Envoy to Japan Eager to Visit Disaster-Hit Area

                    Seoul, June 1 (Jiji Press)--New South Korean Ambassador to Japan Shin Kak Soo said Wednesday he plans to visit areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami on his first trip after taking up the Tokyo post on June 10......

                    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060100962
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                    <iframe width="150" height="150" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?hl=fr&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;brcurrent=3,0x6 0187db571582e59:0xbffa66892023a40a,0,0x60187db56c9 926cf:0xf103c750d7ef7a37&amp;ll=35.636407,139.9150 09&amp;spn=0.002616,0.003197&amp;z=16&amp;output=e mbed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?hl=fr&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;brcurrent=3,0x6 0187db571582e59:0xbffa66892023a40a,0,0x60187db56c9 926cf:0xf103c750d7ef7a37&amp;ll=35.636407,139.9150 09&amp;spn=0.002616,0.003197&amp;z=16&amp;source=e mbed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">takasu central park</a></small> Takasu, Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture

                    preserve historical spots for future generations


                    Otsuchi town, Iwate pref
                    gas station

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                      Japanese automakers slip amid weak US sales

                      New car sales in the United States fell in May with Japanese automakers showing huge declines in the aftermath of the March 11th disaster......

                      Thursday, June 02, 2011 13:03 +0900 (JST)
                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_21.html
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                      Quake-hit Sendai lives under landslide scare

                      SENDAI--The March 11 earthquake has left thousands of homes in hilly areas of Sendai dangerously susceptible to landslides, and about 2,100 households have already suffered damage such as large holes in the ground and cracks in walls caused by shifting ground......

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110601004809.htm

                      Govt kicks off 'Super Cool Biz' campaign

                      The Environment Ministry kicked off Wednesday a new summertime energy-saving fashion campaign, dubbed "Super Cool Biz," which allows its workers to dress extremely casually to help keep office temperatures at 28 C amid possible power shortages.......

                      http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110601005303.htm
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                      Firefighter tells tale of confidence turned to terror as tsunami swallowed town (Part 1)

                      RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- A man here who lost three family members to the tsunami triggered by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake said he had underestimated the threat of natural disasters.......

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

                      Double the standard of toxic materials detected along coast of Miyagi Prefecture

                      SENDAI -- More than double the government standard of toxic materials has been detected along the coast of central Miyagi Prefecture in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, it has been learned........

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

                      Tsunami-Hit City Trying to Protect "Miraculous Lone Pine Tree"

                      Rikuzentakata, Iwate Pref., June 2 (Jiji Press)--Residents in a tsunami-hit coastal city in northeastern Japan are trying to protect the only pine tree there to survive destruction on March 11, pinning hopes on it as a symbol of recovery........

                      http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060200427
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                      Canada Ambassador
                      Miyagi pref

                      monkey majik(Canadian & Japanese band) http://www.monkeymajik.com/

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                      • #86
                        Re: Japan - Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead &amp; missing - March 27+

                        Vienna Philharmonic performs for Japan

                        The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has given a performance in support of survivors of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan......

                        Friday, June 03, 2011 11:17 +0900 (JST)
                        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_16.html

                        UNDP head urges Japan to continue development aid

                        The head of the UN Development Program has urged Japan to continue providing aid to developing countries despite the March 11th earthquake and tsunami......

                        Friday, June 03, 2011 15:37 +0900 (JST)
                        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_24.html
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                        Yomiuri online

                        NPO to jump-start farms with salt tomato planting

                        In an effort to revitalize farmland affected by the March 11 tsunami in Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization will plant seedlings of "salt tomatoes" there. Such tomatoes have proven well-suited for growing in salty soil on drained land......

                        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110602005793.htm

                        Bread, milk make up post-quake school lunch

                        ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi--Some public schools in areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake can only provide school lunches consisting of bread and milk, increasing concerns that students may suffer from malnutrition. ......

                        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110602004809.htm

                        School casualty questions / Parents seek answers for high death toll at primary school

                        ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi--Some of the parents of students at the municipal Okawa Primary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, have requested that the municipal board of education reexamine why nearly 70 percent of its students were killed by the March 11 tsunami........

                        http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110602004982.htm
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                        Asahi com

                        Regulations hinder return to normalcy in Tohoku

                        When the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami destroyed most of the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture on March 11, convenience store chain operator Lawson Inc. stood ready to dispatch one of its blue-and-white "Mobile Lawson" vehicles to the scene. ......
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                        Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                        March 11 disaster already causes 145 business failures

                        TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster has forced 145 companies to either go bankrupt or effectively fail, already topping the number of business failures in the year after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, a private credit research agency said Thursday.......

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

                        4 men in Tokyo arrested after soliciting Sendai quake victim for prostitution

                        Four men have been arrested after soliciting a woman affected by the March 11 earthquake to be engaged in prostitution, it has been learned......

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

                        Handmade goods going on sale to help restore scenic pine trees destroyed by tsunami

                        RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- Sales of goods handmade by disaster refugees are going on sale on June 4, with a portion of the proceeds going toward restoration of the destroyed Takatamatsubara pine forest, of which only one single tree survived.......

                        Ippon-Matsu Project http://www.ipponmatsu-pro.com/
                        http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na017000c.html

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                        Jiji press

                        Govt Eyes Capital Injection into Disaster-Hit Agric, Fisheries Cooperatives

                        Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--The government at a cabinet meeting Friday decided to inject capita into agricultural and fisheries cooperatives hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern and eastern Japan........

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060300526

                        Japan Govt to Repair 1,000 Disaster-Damaged Fishing Boats

                        Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--The Fisheries Agency said Friday it will launch a project to repair some 1,000 small fishing boats damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ........

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060300753

                        Think Tank Calls for Liberalizing Fishery Rights in Disaster Areas

                        Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Fishery rights in waters off northeastern Japan regions, hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, should be liberalized in order to revive the wrecked fishing industry there, a state-linked think tank said Friday. .......

                        http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060300897

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                          Berlin Philharmonic performs for quake survivors

                          Members of the Berlin Philharmonic have held a charity concert in Japan in support of survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami......

                          Saturday, June 04, 2011 09:05 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_10.html

                          Sumo wrestlers tour devasted areas

                          Sumo Yokozuna Grand Champion Hakuho and other wrestlers are touring northeastern Japan offering encouragement to the survivors of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.......

                          Saturday, June 04, 2011 21:57 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_29.html

                          Crown Prince and Princess visit Miyagi

                          Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako on Saturday visited Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest hit areas in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami......

                          Sunday, June 05, 2011 05:44 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/04_31.html

                          Pine trees hit by tsunami to be used as firewood

                          A group of volunteers has begun making firewood out of pine trees hit by the March 11th tsunami in Iwate Prefecture to help rebuilding efforts in disaster-hit areas.......

                          Sunday, June 05, 2011 14:42 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_13.html

                          F1 race at shopping district to help damaged areas

                          A Formula One racing car has run through a shopping district in Yokohama to support the recovery of areas hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami......

                          Sunday, June 05, 2011 14:42 +0900 (JST)
                          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_14.html
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                          Yomiuri online

                          IN THE NEWS / Sign language help for quake victims

                          The owner of home health-care equipment company in Sendai has launched a free video communication service for the hearing-impaired in disaster-hit areas, allowing them to ask questions in sign language and receive answers via smart phones and tablet computers. .....

                          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110603004521.htm

                          Finding shelter kids a place to hit the books

                          MIYAKO, Iwate--Almost every night, a group of children stay up long past the 9:30 p.m. lights-out. Hidden behind thick curtains in a corner of a disaster shelter, the students from primary to high school are taking advantage of a rare time of quiet in their communal lives to keep up with their studies.......

                          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110604002958.htm

                          Mom vows to find 3-year-old daughter

                          MINAMI-SANRIKUCHO, Miyagi--More than 8,500 people remain missing, nearly three months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. One is 3-year-old Yu Miura......

                          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110604002795.htm

                          Access blocked to post-disaster info on disabled / Only 1 pref., city in Tohoku provided data

                          Confirming the safety of disabled people following the Great East Japan Earthquake has not gone smoothly as many local governments have been reluctant or have refused to disclose information on their handicapped populations, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.......

                          http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110604003223.htm
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                          Asahi com

                          Tsunami reached 10 stories high in Iwate Prefecture

                          A tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake crested as high as a 10-story building in Miyako in Iwate Prefecture, according to a group of tsunami researchers. ......

                          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106030137.html

                          Tsunami-hit 'singing' beaches named natural treasures

                          KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Residents of this tsunami-hit city finally have something to smile about and celebrate after two beaches made of "singing sand" were named as natural treasures.......

                          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106040164.html

                          Otsuchi shopkeepers impatient to reopen for business

                          OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--More than two months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, shopkeepers here are building temporary stores on their own as local officials have been unable to settle on a plan for reconstruction. .....

                          http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106040163.html

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                          People washed away by March tsunami due to impeded access at shelters

                          OTSUCHI, Iwate (Kyodo) -- At least one person in a wheelchair was washed away by the tsunami in March in a coastal town in Iwate Prefecture because the path to a designated evacuation shelter did not have a ramp, prompting the local government to overhaul its disaster prevention planning, local people said Friday......

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

                          UNICEF head vows to help quake-hit kids, seeks Japan's continued aid

                          TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The visiting chief of the United Nations Children's Fund vowed Friday the entity's commitment to supporting children affected by the March 11 quake and tsunami, while expressing hope that Japan will continue to offer assistance to vulnerable people in the world by remaining "outward-looking.".......

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

                          Power self-sufficiency puts Roppongi Hills complex in spotlight

                          With the energy grid in east Japan weakened after the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent nuclear crisis, the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo is gathering attention for its energy self-sufficiency, which operators say makes it immune to blackouts.......

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

                          Dementia patients at risk after being moved into new care facilities

                          Thousands of nursing home patients from three disaster-hit prefectures are living in different facilities now, raising concerns about worsening cases of dementia caused by stress from new, unfamiliar environments.......

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

                          Japan Crown Prince, Princess Visit Quake-Hit Miyagi

                          Yamamoto, Miyagi Pref., June 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako visited Miyagi Prefecture on Saturday to see people affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060400304

                          Disaster Workers in Japan Grapple with Mental Aftershocks

                          Tokyo, June 5 (Jiji Press)--Well over two months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, the grueling mission to search for missing people and remove tons of debris is taking a psychological as well as physical toll on disaster-relief personnel. ......

                          http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060500048
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                            About 23,500 dead or missing in March 11 disaster

                            The number of dead or missing in the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, including aftershocks, stands at 23,571 as of Sunday.......

                            Monday, June 06, 2011 05:13 +0900 (JST)
                            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_07.html

                            Memorial for quake victims at Westminster Abbey

                            A memorial service for the victims of the March 11th natural disaster in northeastern Japan was held at Westminster Abbey in London on Sunday......

                            Monday, June 06, 2011 07:53 +0900 (JST)
                            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_10.html

                            Temporary housing construction lagging in Iwate

                            Most of the property in Iwate Prefecture on which temporary housing for survivors of the March 11th tsunami will be built has been secured......

                            Monday, June 06, 2011 10:51 +0900 (JST)
                            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_13.html

                            Tokyo city office begins daylight saving time

                            The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has introduced daylight saving time ahead of expected power shortages this summer.......

                            Monday, June 06, 2011 12:04 +0900 (JST)
                            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_16.html

                            Beauty salon opens in tsunami-hit town

                            A beauty salon has opened in a devastated northeastern Japanese town with equipment donated by beauticians from across the country.......

                            Monday, June 06, 2011 13:51 +0900 (JST)
                            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_18.html

                            Economic assessment lower for 2nd straight quarter

                            Japan's Finance Ministry has downgraded its assessment of the country's economy for the 2nd quarter in a row, citing the aftereffects of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.......

                            Monday, June 06, 2011 16:30 +0900 (JST)
                            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_25.html

                            Furukawa hopes to speak to quake-hit area

                            A Japanese astronaut preparing for his first mission to the International Space Station says he wants to communicate with people in the devastated areas in northeastern Japan.....

                            Monday, June 06, 2011 18:46 +0900 (JST)
                            http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_31.html
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                            Yomiuri online

                            Therapy dogs to tour disaster-hit areas

                            A group of therapy dog trainers from Tokyo will begin a tour of areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in mid-June, hoping close contact with dogs trained to provide affection and comfort will benefit quake survivors in evacuation centers........
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                            Photographer keeps focus on smiles / Recovering town finds inspiration in snapper's celebration of happiness and hope

                            YAMAMOTOCHO, Miyagi--Like many photographers, Masami Suenaga loves taking pictures of happy people. But his work is not motivated by mere aesthetic preference--with his photos of smiling faces, he hopes to lift the spirits of his tsunami-stricken town.......

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110605002433.htm

                            Crown prince, princess visit evacuees in Tohoku

                            SENDAI--Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako have visited disaster-hit areas in Miyagi Prefecture--their first visit to the Tohoku region since the Great East Japan Earthquake--to express their sympathy to evacuees. ....

                            http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110605002503.htm
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                            Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                            Over 169 bil. yen in disaster relief donations still not distributed

                            TOKYO (Kyodo) -- More than 169 billion yen in relief money offered as donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Central Community Chest of Japan for people affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is still being kept by the two bodies, their officials said Sunday......

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

                            Experts fear tsunami sludge could lead to infectious disease outbreak

                            With the rainy season and scorching summer approaching disaster-hit northeastern Japan, experts fear sludge left by the tsunami could cause an outbreak of infectious diseases among local residents.......

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

                            Tsunami victims reluctant to move into temporary houses for fear of losing rations

                            MINAMISANRIKU, Miyagi -- A spate of cases in which local disaster victims -- whose homes were washed away or badly damaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami -- have passed up temporary housing that they won in highly competitive lotteries has highlighted a complex web of concerns in disaster sites......

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

                            Apartment complex damaged by tsunami to become quake memorial hall

                            ONAGAWA, Miyagi -- A town-run apartment complex here, which was badly damaged by a massive tsunami triggered by the March 11 earthquake, will be preserved as a quake memorial hall, local government officials said......

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

                            Health concerns rise with warming weather in disaster-ravaged northeastern Japan

                            As life in evacuation shelters drags on and the rainy season is ready to start in northeastern Japan, hit hard by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, measures against food poisoning and infectious diseases are becoming an increasingly pressing issue......

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

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                            Jiji press

                            Japan Disaster's Effects on Int'l Financial Markets Subsided: BIS

                            Frankfurt, June 5 (Jiji Press)--The effects of the March 11 quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan and the associated nuclear crisis on global financial market have subsided, the Bank for International Settlements said in a quarterly review Sunday. ........

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600085

                            Japan Consumers Shifting to Energy-Efficient Home Electronics: Survey

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--The replacement of home appliances with energy-efficient ones, such as light-emitting diode bulbs, is the most popular measure Japanese consumers eye to save electricity, according to a recent survey. ......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600096

                            MOF Cuts Regional Economic View on Disaster Impacts

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese Ministry of Finance on Monday lowered its overall assessment of the country's regional economies for January-March due to the impacts of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600274

                            TEPCO Sees No Need for Rolling Blackouts in June

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> said Monday that it can go without rolling blackouts in June in its service area, mainly the Kanto region of eastern Japan, as its supply capacity is expected to exceed demand. .......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600388

                            Japan Retailers Hope to Profit from "Super Cool Biz" Campaign

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--Retailers in Japan are hoping to profit from the government's new "Super Cool Biz" campaign to reduce the use of electricity for air conditioning systems by encouraging office workers to dress more casually. ......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600493

                            (Update) MOF Cuts Regional Economic View Due to Disaster Impact

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese Ministry of Finance on Monday lowered its overall assessment of the country's regional economies for January-March due to the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.....

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600513

                            Missing March 11 Victims to Be Presumed Dead after 3 Months

                            Sendai, Miyagi Pref., June 6 (Jiji Press)--People who have remained unaccounted for in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami can be presumed dead on Saturday, or three months after the huge disaster, as an exceptional treatment for the purpose of pension and other benefit payments to bereaved families. .....

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600540

                            Tsunami-Battered Soy Sauce Maker Makes Fresh Start

                            Kamaishi, Iwate Pref., June 6 (Jiji Press)--A long-established soy sauce maker in this northeastern Japan city resumed operations this month, emerging from the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ....

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600543

                            Japan Firefighters Finish March Disaster Mission

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--Emergency teams of Japanese firefighters on Monday finished their 88-day rescue and support operations in areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government said the same day. ......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600606

                            Japan Mulls New Housing Incentive Program

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--Japan's infrastructure ministry is considering launching a new housing incentive program as early as this autumn, sources familiar with the matter said Monday......

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600669

                            Japanese Parties Agree to Revisions to Reconstruction Bill

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--The ruling Democratic Party of Japan and two major opposition parties Monday agreed to revisions to legislation on basic measures to recover the country from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. .....

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060600781

                            Japan Panel Decides on 2nd Round of Donation Payout

                            Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)--A health ministry panel on Monday to set rules on the second round of distribution of donations to people affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern and eastern Japan as well as by the nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture. .....

                            http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060700010

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                              30,000 temporary houses to be completed

                              Japan's land and infrastructure minister Akihiro Ohata says that over 30,000 temporary homes for evacuees from the disaster in March will be completed on Wednesday, about 1 week behind a government target.......

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 14:49 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_24.html

                              Environment white paper promotes renewable energy

                              A government report says renewable energy such as wind power should be promoted to prepare for a power shortage in the wake of the March 11th disaster.......

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 15:21 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_27.html

                              Lumber debris from disaster site sold for firewood

                              Lumber from homes that were destroyed in the March tsunami is being sold across Japan as firewood to raise money for recovery from the disaster......

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 15:21 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_29.html

                              French confectioner reopens shop in Miyagi Pref.

                              A French cake-maker, whose shop in northeastern Japan was damaged by the March 11th tsunami, has reopened and is selling treats using local ingredients.......

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 15:45 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_30.html

                              Key economic index picks up in April

                              A key Japanese economic index was up in April, after a record monthly drop in March due to the huge earthquake and tsunami......

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 17:37 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_35.html

                              Sales of Toyota and Honda down in China

                              Two leading Japanese automakers have reported declines in new car sales in China in May due to a parts shortage caused by the March 11th earthquake in Japan......

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 17:37 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_37.html

                              Energy-saving cooking device show opens in Tokyo

                              An exhibition of energy-saving food processing devices has opened in Tokyo.....

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 18:30 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_38.html

                              Okamis promote trips in Japan

                              A group of Japanese female innkeepers have appealed for people to make more trips around the country to increase the number of guests at inns and hotels......

                              Tuesday, June 07, 2011 19:25 +0900 (JST)
                              http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_39.html
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                              Yomiuri online

                              Historic letters found after being lost in tsunami

                              SENDAI--Two letters written by warlord Date Masamune were recovered recently, more than two months after they were washed away from a family home in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, by the March 11 tsunami......
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                              Rough road for kamaboko / Producers of famous Miyagi fish cakes left in grim financial spot

                              SHIOGAMA, Miyagi--Almost three months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, producers of kamaboko fish cakes, one of Miyagi Prefecture's most famous seafood products, are struggling to cope with financial difficulties, such as lease payments on lost processing equipment and a shortage of funds........

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110606004326.htm

                              Musician reaches out to disaster victims via airwaves

                              A weekly radio program hosted by singer-songwriter Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, featuring musical performances, poetry recitals and call-in segments, has built up a devoted following among victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. ........

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110606004092.htm

                              Govt to propose intl rules on disaster aid

                              The government plans to work out international aid rules to be followed in times of a major disaster in the Asia-Pacific region, a move based on what was experienced in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, according to government sources........

                              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110606005004.htm
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                              Yomiuri online

                              "hope pine tree" at Rikuzentakata city, Iwate pref
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                              Hakodate fishermen return favor, give boats to Iwate

                              HAKODATE, Hokkaido--Fishermen here never forgot the kindness extended by Iwate Prefecture in 1934 when the city was razed by fire. .......

                              http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106060141.html
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                              Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

                              U.S. ambassador positive on Japan's future after quake disaster

                              The Mainichi recently had an exclusive interview with U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos and asked him about his thoughts on Japan's relief efforts following the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami and consequent nuclear crisis, and the response by the U.S. government to the disaster. The transcript of the interview follows........

                              video http://mdn.mainichi.jp/video/
                              http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na001000c.html

                              Basic reconstruction bill to clear Diet as early as June 17

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The main opposition parties will cooperate in passing a bill that outlines the basic framework for post-disaster reconstruction as early as June 17, opposition lawmakers said.......

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

                              White paper calls for promotion of renewable energies

                              TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government outlined Tuesday the promotion of renewable energies, such as wind and solar, as well as energy-saving products, to achieve a sustainable society in rebuilding from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.......

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

                              Only 15 percent of donations distributed to quake, tsunami victims

                              Only about 15 percent of donations collected across the country for quake victims have been distributed to individual victims, the donation allocation panel said......

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

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                              Jiji press

                              World Bank Cuts Japan 2011 Growth Estimate to 0.1 Pct

                              Washington, June 7 (Jiji Press)--The World Bank on Tuesday cut its forecast for Japan's real gross domestic product growth in 2011 to 0.1 pct from its previous projection in January of 1.8 pct, in light of the effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. .......

                              http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060800300

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

                                Experts: Seabed off Miyagi sank before March 11

                                Researchers have found that the seabed off Japan's northeastern coast had been gradually sinking days before the March 11th earthquake.......

                                Wednesday, June 08, 2011 06:13 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_02.html

                                Suicides top 3,000 in May

                                More than 3,200 people killed themselves in Japan last month, exceeding the 3,000 mark for the first time in 2 years......

                                ....In areas hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, Fukushima saw an increase of 19 suicides to 68. The figure for Miyagi was unchanged at 50 while Iwate saw a decline of 3 to 32......

                                Wednesday, June 08, 2011 09:46 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_09.html

                                World Bank forecasts near-zero growth for Japan

                                The World Bank has forecast near-zero growth for Japan in 2011, due to the impact of the March 11th quake and tsunami......

                                Wednesday, June 08, 2011 14:05 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_22.html

                                14 people treated for heatstroke in Tokyo

                                The Tokyo Fire Department is urging residents to take precautions against heatstroke after 14 people in the capital fell ill and were treated at hospitals last week......

                                Wednesday, June 08, 2011 17:09 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_26.html

                                IMF urges Japan to reduce public debts

                                The International Monetary Fund's acting chief has urged Japan to reduce its huge public debts while recovering from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami disaster........

                                Wednesday, June 08, 2011 17:58 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_28.html

                                Business sentiment improves sharply in May

                                A Japanese government survey shows that business confidence among people with jobs that are sensitive to economic trends improved in May for the 2nd straight month.......

                                Wednesday, June 08, 2011 19:45 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_32.html

                                IMF urges Japan to rebuild finances

                                The International Monetary Fund is urging Japan to quickly rebuild its finances and points to raising the consumption tax in the wake of the disaster......

                                Wednesday, June 08, 2011 21:40 +0900 (JST)
                                http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_35.html
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                                55&#37; of donations not reaching survivors

                                Less than half of the more than 80 billion yen in disaster-relief donations already sent to prefectures affected by the March 11 quake and tsunami has reached the hands of people waiting for urgently needed cash to rebuild their shattered lives, it has been learned........

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110607004731.htm

                                Local govts handling billions in donations

                                The body in charge of distributing money donated to victims of the March 11 disaster and ensuing nuclear crisis has decided local governments concerned should determine the specific amounts to be allocated to different categories of victim........

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110607005312.htm

                                TV, radio power losses worry govt

                                The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to require terrestrial digital TV and AM radio broadcasters nationwide to equip their relay stations with reserve power systems, it has been learned.......

                                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110607005036.htm
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                                Teen trumpeter inspires fund-raiser for new instruments

                                KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--Members of a brass band at a junior high school here are making beautiful music together again, after being presented with new instruments to replace the ones they lost in the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake. ......
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                                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106070173.html

                                Water shortage puts strain on tsunami victims

                                MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--A 46-year-old homemaker walks to the upper reaches of the Niidagawa river every other day to do her washing. .....

                                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106070180.html

                                Signs of lives destroyed lie at the bottom of the bay

                                YAMADA, Iwate Prefecture--This reporter suited up and dived into the cold water of Yamada Bay in this northeastern coastal town. There were many things to see--much of it heartbreaking. .....
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                                http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201106070165.html
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                                Bangladeshis donate 10% of monthly pay to Japan's quake victims

                                MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) -- A group of Bangladeshis has contributed 10 percent of their monthly pay to raise funds for Japan's earthquake victims, saying it is their way of giving back thanks to Japan which has frequently helped the South Asian country in times of natural disasters.......

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

                                80% of hospitals in quake-hit prefectures totally, partially destroyed

                                TOKYO (Kyodo) -- About 80 percent of the combined 380 hospitals in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were completely or partially destroyed by the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the health ministry said Wednesday.......

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

                                Gov't plans to ease facility rentals, debt relief for disaster-area businesses

                                Aiming to address the problem of businesses and individuals in earthquake- and tsunami-struck areas taking on multiple loans in order to rebuild, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is planning to introduce measures that will make it easier to borrow facilities and equipment and ease debt burden......

                                http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na005000c.html
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                                Japan Reconstruction Legislation Seen to Be Enacted June 17

                                Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan's basic legislation on reconstruction after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is seen to be enacted on June 17, informed sources said Wednesday.......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060800486

                                Japan Panel Discusses Tsunami Alerts

                                Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Meteorological Agency on Wednesday convened the first meeting of a panel to discuss how to improve public warnings for tsunami, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the Tohoku northeastern Japan region. .....

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060801005

                                DPJ Maps Out Financial Assistance Measures for Disaster Victims

                                Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)--The ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Wednesday came up with financial assistance measures for people and businesses who lost homes and factories in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which hit hardest the Tohoku northeastern region.....

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060900010

                                U.N. Emergency Relief Officer to Visit Japan

                                 New York, June 8 (Jiji Press)--U.N. Undersecretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos is making final arrangements to visit Japan for three days from June 20, a Japanese envoy told a news conference Wednesday......

                                http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011060900323

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