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Mar 19, 2011

Tourists gone, bikes back in once-popular Japan town

TONO, Japan (Reuters) – More than a week after an earthquake and tsunami smashed much of Japan’s northeast coast to pulp, a small tourist town tucked safely between mountains has ground nearly to a halt.

Tono, a city of 30,000 about 30 km (20 miles) from the Pacific, usually enjoys a steady flow of visitors attracted to the birthplace of much Japanese folklore, including ghoulish tales of mountain spirits and mythical creatures.

Mar 19, 2011

Tourists gone, bikes back in once-popular Japan town

TONO, Japan, March 19 (Reuters) – More than a week after an
earthquake and tsunami smashed much of Japan’s northeast coast
to pulp, a small tourist town tucked safely between mountains
has ground nearly to a halt.

Tono, a city of 30,000 about 30 km (20 miles) from the
Pacific, usually enjoys a steady flow of visitors attracted to
the birthplace of much Japanese folklore, including ghoulish
tales of mountain spirits and mythical creatures.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan quake survivors too shocked to contemplate the future

YAMADA/RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) – - A week after their lives were turned upside down by the biggest recorded earthquake in Japan’s history, many survivors are too shocked to contemplate the future.

“My house does not exist anymore. Everything is gone, including money,” said Tsukasa Sato, a 74-year-old barber with a heart condition, as he warmed his hands in front of a stove at a shelter in Yamada, northern Japan.

Mar 16, 2011

For Japan tsunami survivors, woes keep mounting

OTSUCHI, Japan, March 17 (Reuters) – Nearly a week after
their home town was annihilated in a catastrophic tsunami, the
1,000-plus survivors of the small Japanese fishing town of
Otsuchi are hanging by a thread.
    With no water or electricity, and scant food, survivors keep
each other company at one of three emergency shelters on the
outskirts of what remains of the town.
    “You can’t wash your hands or face,” says 72-year-old Katsu
Sawayama, seated in the middle of the high school gymnasium, the
biggest of the shelters in a town where more than half the
17,000 residents are still missing.

Adding to their woes, an unseasonal snowstorm sent
temperatures plunging to below zero and blanketed acres of
tsunami debris in white.

Mar 15, 2011

Disasters wipe little Japanese fishing town off the map

OTSUCHI, Japan (Reuters) – The fishing hamlet of Otsuchi never had an easy relationship with nature — forest fires are a seasonal threat and earthquakes, and the high waves that often follow, are all too frequent.

Today Otsuchi, on Japan’s eastern coast, has ceased to exist, overwhelmed by a combination of earthquake, tsunami and fire that razed the town of 17,000 people Friday, killing more than half the population in a matter of moments.

Mar 14, 2011

With thousands missing, survivors seek loved ones in Japan

KUJI, Japan (Reuters) – Survivors searched for loved ones on Monday in emergency centres across the northeast coast of Japan, with thousands of people still missing after an earthquake and tsunami that probably killed more than 10,000.

“I am looking for my parents and my older brother,” a weeping Yuko Abe, 54, said at an emergency centre in Rikuzentakata, a nearly flattened town of 24,500 people in far-northern Iwate prefecture.

Mar 9, 2011

Toyota bets on emerging markets, to double profit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) will rely more on emerging markets for sales and launch about 10 new hybrid models under a long-term strategy aimed at nearly doubling profits before 2015, its president said on Wednesday.

The world’s largest car maker, trying to move on from a massive global recall of vehicles a year ago, will cut its board to 11 members by June from the current 27 to speed up decision making as part of the blueprint.

Mar 9, 2011

Toyota aims to double profit under new strategy

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said it would accelerate a push into emerging markets and launch more hybrid models as it aims to nearly double profits under a new long-term strategy.

The world’s largest car maker, trying to move on from a massive global recall, also unveiled plans to slim its board to 11 members by June from 27 to speed up decision making as part of a new plan unveiled on Wednesday.

Mar 9, 2011

Toyota sees operating profit of $12 billion in 2-3 year

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) will aim to nearly double operating profit to at least 1 trillion yen ($12 billion) in two to three years under plans to be unveiled on Wednesday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.

The world’s largest car maker, trying to move on from a massive global recall, will also seek to boost its operating profit margin to at least 5 percent in the same timeframe from an estimated 2.9 percent in the year ending in March, said the source.

Mar 9, 2011

Toyota sees operating profit of $12 bln in 2-3 yrs – source

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp aims to nearly double operating profit to at least 1 trillion yen ($12 billion) in two to three years under plans to be unveiled on Wednesday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.

The world’s largest car maker, trying to move on from a massive global recall, will also seek to boost its operating profit margin to at least 5 percent in the same timeframe from an estimated 2.9 percent in the year ending in March, said the source.

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