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NRC: Nuke Industry Must Heed Lesson Of Japan

December 7, 2011 9:14 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Water Leaks From Japanese Nuke Plant

December 5, 2011 9:05 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's crippled nuclear power plant leaked about 45 tons of highly radioactive water from a purification device over the weekend, its operator said.

Study: Japan Radiation Higher Than Estimated

October 28, 2011 10:36 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Fukushima nuclear disaster released twice as much of a radioactive substance into the atmosphere as Japanese authorities estimated.

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Japanese Exports Rise In August

September 21, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

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.

Japanese Automakers Report Weak Production In July

August 30, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

Results underscore ongoing malaise in the industry as it grapples with a strong yen, precarious global economy and recovery from earthquake and tsunami.

Prius Remains Best-Selling Car In Japan

August 4, 2011 10:52 am | News | Comments

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.

Toyota Sales Drop 22.7 Percent

August 2, 2011 10:39 am | News | Comments

Toyota says its July U.S. sales dropped nearly 23 percent as it continued to deal with parts shortages caused by Japan's earthquake.

Mazda Posts $327M Loss

July 29, 2011 5:50 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mazda reported its third straight quarter of red ink Friday after vehicle production was hurt by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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Japan Factory Output Continues To Improve

July 29, 2011 5:21 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's industrial production rose for third straight month in June as world's No. 3 economy stages a recovery from the earthquake and tsunami.

TI: Japanese Factories Running Ahead Of Schedule

July 26, 2011 5:15 am | News | Comments

Texas Instruments resumed production ahead of schedule at factories that were damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Japan's Export Slump Moderates

July 21, 2011 5:10 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Slump in Japan's exports moderated in June in a sign the world's third-largest economy is beginning to mend after the earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese Factory Output Continues To Improve

June 29, 2011 4:40 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Industrial production rose for second straight month as factories continued to recover after the sharp downturn from the earthquake and tsunami.

Nissan Leads Japanese Auto Recovery

June 28, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

Japanese automakers' global vehicle production was weaker overall in May, but Nissan showed resilience with an increase in output.

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Japanese Utility Behind Nuke Plant Apologizes

June 28, 2011 4:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata promised that the company was doing its utmost to bring radiation leaks under control.

Japanese Utility Paying $1B To Evacuees

June 22, 2011 7:47 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Owner of tsunami-damaged nuclear plant will pay an estimated $1 billion to thousands of residents who evacuated homes near the radiation-leaking plant.

Toyota Hiring Up To 4,000 Temp Workers In Japan

June 21, 2011 6:09 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker will hire 3,000 to 4,000 temporary workers to be ready for a recovery in vehicle production after the earthquake and tsunami.

IAEA: Nuclear Safety Must Be Improved

June 20, 2011 5:57 am | by George Jahn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Head of the IAEA urged a worldwide review of safety measures but acknowledged that his organization lacks the authority to enforce rules.

Japanese Exports Drop In May

June 20, 2011 4:25 am | News | Comments

Japanese exports dropped for the third straight month, hit by massive production losses in the auto sector following the earthquake and tsunami.

Toyota Promises Revival

June 17, 2011 4:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

President Toyoda promised shareholders a revived Toyota despite production disruptions from the earthquake and tsunami that decimated Japan.

China: Nuclear Reactors Passed Inspections

June 15, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

China's nuclear regulators have given the country's reactors a clean bill of health following inspections ordered after the disaster in Japan.

Japanese Nuke Plants To Add Safety Measures

June 14, 2011 6:06 am | News | Comments

Operator of damaged nuclear plant is installing rooftop vents and taking other safety measures at two more nuclear plants to prevent another crisis.

Canada Lifts Restrictions On Japanese Food Imports

June 14, 2011 5:45 am | News | Comments

Canada has lifted all restrictions on food imports from Japan, which were imposed amid fears of radioactive contamination.

Honda Expects Profit To Drop 63 Percent

June 14, 2011 4:40 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda's profit for the fiscal year through March 2012 is expected to plunge 63.5 percent as vehicles sales slipped amid a parts shortage.

Toyota Expects 31 Percent Drop In Annual Profit

June 10, 2011 10:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker forecasts its annual profit to dive 31 percent, hammered by production disruptions from parts shortages.

Japan Admits It Was Unprepared For Nuclear Disaster

June 8, 2011 4:50 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan admitted it was unprepared for a severe nuclear accident and said damage to reactors and radiation leakage were worse than it previously thought.

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