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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.


Japan Doubles Estimate Of Radiation Leak

June 7, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

Japan doubled the estimate of how much radiation leaked and says the damage to the reactors was greater than previously thought.

AP: Japan's Nuke Plant Plan A Single Page

May 27, 2011 5:24 am | by Justin Pritchard and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators trusted that the reactors were safe from the worst waves an earthquake could muster based on a single-page memo from a decade ago.

Japan Auto Production Plunges After Quake

May 27, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

Automakers' global vehicle production plunged in April, especially in Japan where supplier plants were destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami.

Ford Sees Chance To Woo Japanese Buyers

May 24, 2011 5:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker sees a chance to snatch buyers away from Japanese automakers battling production delays, and vehicles in the works could help deliver growth in a difficult market.

UN To Probe Japanese Nuke Plant

May 24, 2011 5:11 am | by Malcolm Foster and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

UN nuclear experts met with Japanese officials and were to inspect the crippled plant and investigate the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.


Japan's Radioactive Water Tanks Nearly Full

May 23, 2011 10:18 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Temporary containers holding radioactive water pumped from crippled nuclear reactors are almost full, raising concerns it could overflow and leak.

Sony Expecting $3.2B Loss

May 23, 2011 5:11 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maker of PlayStation 3 video game machines  is expecting an annual loss of $3.2 billion, reversing its earlier projection of a return to profit.

Honda Fires 400 In Brazil

May 19, 2011 10:21 am | News | Comments

Automaker is firing 400 workers at a car factory in Brazil because of a lack of parts from Japan following that nation's earthquake.

Toyota Resuming Full Production In Europe In June

May 17, 2011 10:22 am | News | Comments

Automaker will resume normal production levels in June after resolving problems with parts delivery caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Factory Output Down Due To Japanese Earthquake

May 17, 2011 10:19 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories in April produced fewer goods for the first time in 10 months after a temporary parts shortage forced automakers to cut back output.

New Prius May Be Delayed A Year

May 13, 2011 5:17 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some buyers will have to wait until next April for the latest Toyota Prius due to shortages of a new battery that's adding to production delays.

Task Force: U.S. Nuclear Plants Safe

May 12, 2011 9:49 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal task force on Thursday vouched anew for the safety of U.S. nuclear power plants in the aftermath of the Japanese crisis.

Severe Damage Seen At Japan Reactor

May 12, 2011 5:43 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The water level in the core of Unit 1 is much lower than previously thought, exposing remaining fuel rods and pointing to a greater-than-expected leak in the chamber.

Toyota Profit Falls Over 75 Percent

May 11, 2011 5:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's quarterly profit crumpled more than 75 percent after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami severely disrupted car production.

Toyota May Return To Full Output Ahead Of Schedule

May 10, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

Toyota's global car production will likely return to normal two to three months earlier than expected, a report said.

Japan To Scrap Plan To Boost Nuke Energy

May 10, 2011 5:41 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan will scrap a plan to obtain half of its electricity from nuclear power and will instead promote renewable energy as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis.

Japan Nuclear Plant Closing While Seawall Built

May 9, 2011 6:03 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese utility agreed to shutter three nuclear reactors at a coastal power plant while it builds a seawall and improves other tsunami defenses there.

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