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Mar 23, 2011

Quake-ravaged Japan digs mass graves

UNOSUMAI, Japan (Reuters) – The towering waves that splintered thousands of Japanese homes and lives has forced the country to rethink one of its most sacred Buddhist practices: how it treats the dead.

Desperate municipalities are digging mass graves, unthinkable in a nation where the deceased are usually cremated and their ashes placed in stone family tombs near Buddhist temples. Local regulations often prohibit burial of bodies.

Mar 22, 2011

Japan tsunami victims enjoy their first bath since disaster

KAMAISHI, Japan (Reuters) – After more than 10 days in makeshift evacuation centers, hundreds of victims of Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami took their first bath since the disaster and a chance to warm up in the winter chill.

The baths, one for men and one for women, were set up by soldiers inside a dark green tent in a car park in Kamaishi City in the northeast of Japan which took the brunt of the tremor and tsunami that followed, leaving about 21,000 dead or missing. Hundreds of thousands have been made homeless.

Mar 20, 2011

Japan makes progress in nuke crisis; quake toll up

TOKYO, March 20 (Reuters) – Japan made some progress on
Sunday in its race to avert disaster at a nuclear power plant
leaking radiation after an earthquake and tsunami that are
estimated to have killed more than 15,000 people in one
prefecture alone.

Three hundred engineers have been battling inside the danger
zone to salvage the six-reactor Fukushima plant in the world’s
worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Mar 20, 2011

Japan makes progress in nuclear crisis; quake toll rises

TOKYO, March 20 (Reuters) – Japan made some progress on
Sunday in its race to avert disaster at a nuclear power plant
leaking radiation after an earthquake and tsunami that are
estimated to have killed more than 15,000 people in one
prefecture alone.

Three hundred engineers have been battling inside the danger
zone to salvage the six-reactor Fukushima plant in the world’s
worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Mar 20, 2011

Japan says makes progress in nuclear crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan saw some success in its race to avert disaster at a tsunami-damaged power plant, though minor radiation leaks underlined perils from the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Three hundred engineers have been battling inside a danger zone to salvage the six-reactor Fukushima plant since it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami that also killed 7,653 people and left 11,746 more missing in northeast Japan.

Mar 19, 2011

Japan nuclear rescue advances, but radiation seeps

TOKYO (Reuters) – Engineers enjoyed some success in their mission to stop disaster at Japan’s tsunami-damaged power plant, though evidence of small radiation leaks highlighted perils from the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Three hundred technicians have been battling inside a danger zone to salvage the six-reactor Fukushima plant since it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami that also killed 7,508 people and left 11,700 more missing in northeast Japan.

Mar 19, 2011

Japan lays power cable in race to stop radiation; survivor found

TOKYO (Reuters) – Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant on Saturday in a desperate attempt to get water pumps going that would cool down overheated fuel rods and prevent the deadly spread of radiation.

In a rare bit of good news, a young man was pulled alive from the rubble eight days after a massive earthquake set off a 10-meter high tsunami that ripped through northeast Japan killing thousands and triggered the growing crisis at a nuclear power plan north of Tokyo.

Mar 19, 2011

Japan lays power cable in race to stop radiation

TOKYO (Reuters) – Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant on Saturday in a race to prevent deadly radiation from an accident now rated at least as bad as America’s Three Mile Island incident in 1979.

Further cabling inside was under way before an attempt to restart water pumps needed to cool overheated nuclear fuel rods at the six-reactor Fukushima plant in northeastern Japan, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

Mar 18, 2011

Japan crew fixes power cable in race to stop radiation

TOKYO (Reuters) – Exhausted engineers successfully attached a power cable to Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear station on Saturday in a race to prevent deadly radiation from an accident now rated at least as bad as America’s Three Mile Island in 1979.

Though it is still unknown whether that will be enough to restart water pumps needed to cool overheated nuclear fuel rods, it was at least a step forward at the six-reactor Fukushima plant in northeastern Japan, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

Mar 18, 2011

Japan weighs need to bury nuclear plant; tries to restore power

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release, the method used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl in 1986.

But they still hoped to solve the crisis by fixing a power cable to two reactors by Saturday to restart water pumps needed to cool overheating nuclear fuel rods. Workers also sprayed water on the No.3 reactor, the most critical of the plant’s six.

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      "I am based in Tokyo, covering Japan's political and general news, ranging from politics, diplomacy/defence to cultural and social issues. Before moving to my current position, I specialised in Japan's economic policy and macroeconomic news for about 10 years, with a concentration in reporting daily policy developments at Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Japan and other economic agencies."
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