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Fukushima Revisited: Lessons Learned

October 8, 2012 8:26 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Articles | Comments

Perhaps the most significant legacy of the earthquake will arise from what happened at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was situated in the direct path of the tsunami. The fact that the emergency generators were in a vulnerable position where floodwaters could stop them is only one of a number of design flaws that contributed to the magnitude of the disaster.

Japan Backtracks On Nuclear Phase-Out

September 19, 2012 7:49 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Cabinet stopped short of committing to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel's recommendations in the face of opposition from pro-nuclear businesses and groups. While not endorsing the energy policy document calling for the phase-out released last week, the Cabinet ministers did vaguely agree to pursue its goals.

Toyota Raises Sales Target To 9.76M Cars

August 3, 2012 9:25 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's quarterly sales soared nearly 60 percent to $70.5 billion, showing how strongly the company has recovered from last year's earthquake.

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Ford, GM Sales Lose Ground To Japan Rivals In July

August 1, 2012 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM's sales fell 6 percent from a year earlier, while Ford's slipped 4 percent, while Toyota is enjoying a 26-percent jump over last year's earthquake recovery.

Mazda's Losses Shrink On Disaster Recovery

July 31, 2012 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Mazda sold 300,000 vehicles for the quarter, up 6.5 percent, which helped reduce its losses by $240 million compared to a year earlier.

Toyota Takes Global Sales Lead From GM

July 25, 2012 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher & Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota bounced back from safety recalls and natural disasters, selling 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half of the year to retake its crown as the world's top automaker from General Motors

Japan Utility: Flaws Worsened Tsunami Crisis

June 20, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

The operator of the plant devastated by a tsunami has issued a final report, outlining organizational and communication problems that have not yet been resolved.

Japan OKs Restart Of 1st Reactors Since Tsunami

June 18, 2012 8:23 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Tsunami Dock: Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

June 14, 2012 9:31 am | by Jeff Bernard, Associated Press | News | Comments

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: Gov't Meddling Added To Japan Nuclear Crisis

June 11, 2012 8:59 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Japan PM: Two Reactors Must Be Restarted To 'Survive'

June 8, 2012 9:18 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda suggested if the country doesn't return to nuclear power, the Japanese livelihood and economic stability would be threatened.

Tsunami-Swept Harley Found In Canada

May 2, 2012 9:50 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

New Probe Finds Worse Damage At Fukushima

March 27, 2012 9:21 am | News | Comments

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose.

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Another Japan Reactor Shuts Down; Only One Left

March 26, 2012 9:12 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex was taken off line for maintenance, while the timetable for restarts remains unclear.

U.S. Orders Safety Changes After Japan Crisis

March 12, 2012 10:05 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders require nuclear plants to install or improve venting systems to limit core damage in a serious accident.

Toyota Europe Looks To Increase Sales

March 6, 2012 9:25 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Output Rebounds

January 31, 2012 9:08 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's industrial production rebounded 4 percent in December from November, suggesting the still-weak economy is gaining some steam.

Radiation, Rusty Metal Seen In Tsunami-Hit Reactor

January 19, 2012 9:17 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Reverses 40-Year Plan On Nuclear Plants

January 18, 2012 9:11 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Japan Plans To Scrap Nuclear Plants After 40 Years

January 9, 2012 9:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Reactors will be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety following the nuclear crisis set off by last year's tsunami.

Japan PM Vows To Bring Rebirth Of Fukushima

January 4, 2012 9:10 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Yoshihiko Noda said authorities would work to decontaminate the region from radioactive fallout, while ensuring compensation and health checks for those affected.

Q&A: The Complexities Of Re-Shoring

December 21, 2011 11:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

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.

Japan Releases Nuke Plant Cleanup Plan

December 21, 2011 9:05 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Japan PM: Tsunami-Hit Nuclear Plant Is Stable

December 16, 2011 9:55 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Yoshihiko Noda says tsunami-damaged nuclear plant has achieved a stable state of "cold shutdown," a crucial step toward closing the plant.

Japan Set To Declare Nuclear Plant 'Stable'

December 14, 2011 9:27 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crippled nuclear plant to be declared virtually stable even though it still leaks some radiation and shows no prospect for cleanup for decades.

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