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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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