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Mar 30, 2011

Japan orders immediate safety upgrade at nuclear plants

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan ordered an immediate safety upgrade at its 55 nuclear power plants on Wednesday in its first acknowledgement that standards were inadequate when an earthquake and tsunami wrecked one of the facilities nearly three weeks ago.

Adding to the evidence of radiation leakages around the crippled nuclear complex, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, readings showed radioactive iodine in the sea off the plant at record levels. The state nuclear safety agency said the amounts were 3,355 times the legal limit.

Mar 30, 2011

France, U.S. to help Japan in nuclear crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – France and the United States are to help Japan in its battle to contain radiation from a crippled nuclear complex where plutonium finds have raised public alarm over the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

The high-stakes operation at the Fukushima plant has added to Japan’s unprecedented humanitarian disaster with 27,500 people dead or missing from a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Mar 28, 2011

Highly radioactive water leaks from Japanese nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan’s crippled nuclear complex, the plant’s operator said on Monday, while environmental group Greenpeace said it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.

Reflecting growing unease about efforts to control the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had appealed to French companies for help, the Kyodo news agency said.

Mar 28, 2011

Survivors take lead as volunteers in Japan’s disaster zone

HIGASHIMATSUSHIMA, Japan, March 28 (Reuters) – Two weeks
after a tsunami submerged his home in northeast Japan, Naoki
Ishimori is busy not only restoring his own life but helping
others do the same.

Often led by survivors, volunteer groups are sprouting in
the area to clear wreckage, salvage supplies and lift battered
spirits in once-vibrant fishing and farming communities that
were flattened by the March 11 quake and tsunami.

Mar 25, 2011

Japan post-tsunami humanitarian relief turns corner

OFUNATO, Japan (Reuters) – Food aid is flowing, refugees are restoring daily routines, and even mobile banks are appearing in north Japan as the nation rallies around victims of the March 11 double disaster.

Nearly two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami plunged the Asian nation into its worst crisis since World War II, an increasingly thorough and successful humanitarian relief operation is replacing the scenes of suffering and devastation.

Mar 25, 2011

Japan town buries tsunami victims in solemn ceremony

HIGASHIMATSUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Families in a tsunami-stricken town in northeast Japan said farewell to their loved ones in a solemn burial Friday, sobbing as they laid chrysanthemums and incense next to a mass grave lined with coffins.

The burial for the 42 victims was especially painful for the families because deep graves have been unthinkable in a country where the dead are usually cremated and their ashes placed in stone family tombs near Buddhist temples. Local regulations often prohibit burial of bodies.

Mar 24, 2011

Fuel squeeze hits survivors in Japan’s tsunami-ravaged towns

MOTOYOSHI, Japan (Reuters) – Seventy-one year old Masashi Kikuchi and his son have been driving up and down the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast of Japan looking for his wife, their agony made sharper by a severe fuel shortage.

Japan has a $5 trillion (3.1 trillion pound) economy – the world’s third largest – and petrol rationing is virtually unknown. But the fuel shortage after the March 11 disaster means Kikuchi and his son cannot top up their car’s gas tank, at least for now.

Mar 24, 2011

Japan turning corner in post-tsunami humanitarian relief

OFUNATO, Japan, March 24 (Reuters) – Food aid is flowing,
refugees are restoring daily routines, and even mobile banks are
appearing in north Japan as the nation rallies around victims of
the March 11 double disaster.

Nearly two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami plunged the
Asian nation into its worst crisis since World War II, an
increasingly thorough and successful humanitarian relief
operation is replacing the scenes of suffering and devastation.

Mar 22, 2011

Tsunami puts rare spotlight on Japan soldiers

KAMAISHI, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s worst crisis since World War Two has put its military under a rare spotlight as soldiers search for survivors, clear away rubble, deliver aid and help exhausted engineers avert a nuclear catastrophe.

Japan’s military is constitutionally limited to defending the country, but the March 11 earthquake and tsunami coincided with a national debate over whether it can play a bigger role in the face of an assertive China and a belligerent North Korea.

Mar 21, 2011

Japan tsunami victims back home, searching for memories

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) – In a devastated landscape of splintered homes, rotting bodies and twisted cars, an elderly many walks with stooped shoulders searching for any object that can bring back memories of his daughter.

“Her home used to be there but that is gone,” the man who asked to be called by his family name Kikuchi said, pointing at a spot in the town of Rikuzentakata, leveled by the tsunami of nearly two weeks ago.

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