Japan's government approved bringing the country's first nuclear reactors back online since last year's earthquake and tsunami led to a nationwide shutdown.
Thousands of people are flocking to see a Japanese dock that was torn loose by last year's tsunami, but it could threaten the integrity of the beach.
Panel said the ex-prime minister and his aides caused confusion at the height of the crisis by heavily interfering in the damaged plant's operation.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda suggested if the country doesn't return to nuclear power, the Japanese livelihood and economic stability would be threatened.
Japanese media say a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in last year's tsunami has washed up on a Canadian island about 4,000 miles away.
The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose.
The No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex was taken off line for maintenance, while the timetable for restarts remains unclear.
Orders require nuclear plants to install or improve venting systems to limit core damage in a serious accident.
Toyota Europe has recovered from the impact of Japan's tsunami and earthquake and expects to increase both its sales and share of a shrinking European market.
Japan's industrial production rebounded 4 percent in December from November, suggesting the still-weak economy is gaining some steam.
Radiation-blurred images taken inside one of Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear reactors showed a place scarred by 10 months' exposure to heat and humidity.
Japan is backtracking on plans formed only this month to shut down nuclear reactors after 40 years, saying that some are safe enough to live on.
Reactors will be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety following the nuclear crisis set off by last year's tsunami.
Yoshihiko Noda said authorities would work to decontaminate the region from radioactive fallout, while ensuring compensation and health checks for those affected.
In 2010, we definitely started to see a trend of slowed off-shoring. A lot of people were very optimistic that there was going to be a large influx coming back from off-shore.
Government said it could take 40 years to clean up and fully decommission a nuclear plant that went into meltdown after it was struck by a huge tsunami.
Yoshihiko Noda says tsunami-damaged nuclear plant has achieved a stable state of "cold shutdown," a crucial step toward closing the plant.
Crippled nuclear plant to be declared virtually stable even though it still leaks some radiation and shows no prospect for cleanup for decades.
Official responsible for nuclear safety in the U.S. is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent just nine months after the disaster in Japan.
Japan's crippled nuclear power plant leaked about 45 tons of highly radioactive water from a purification device over the weekend, its operator said.
Fukushima nuclear disaster released twice as much of a radioactive substance into the atmosphere as Japanese authorities estimated.
Exports rose for the first time in six months, inching up 2.8 percent from a year earlier, a sign of recovery from the earthquake and tsunami disasters.
Results underscore ongoing malaise in the industry as it grapples with a strong yen, precarious global economy and recovery from earthquake and tsunami.
Toyota Prius was Japan's best-selling vehicle in July, clinching the top spot for the second straight month, as supply recovered from a temporary shortage.