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Japan Raises Crisis Severity To Match Chernobyl

April 12, 2011 5:06 am | by Ryan Nakashima and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese nuclear regulators said they raised the rating from 5 to 7 -- the highest level on an international scale of nuclear accidents.

End To Japanese Nuke Crisis Is Decades Away

April 11, 2011 5:31 am | by Charles Hutzler and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Making the site safe and removing the ruined equipment is going to be a messy ordeal that could take decades and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Sharp Stops Making Big LCD Panels

April 11, 2011 5:30 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. has suspended domestic production of large-sized LCD panels because of a shortfall of industrial gas after a massive earthquake and tsunami.


Few Confident U.S. Ready For Nuclear Emergency

April 8, 2011 5:16 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most Americans doubt the U.S. government is prepared to respond to a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Toyota To Resume Production At Half Capacity

April 8, 2011 5:06 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker will resume production at all plants in Japan at half capacity from April 18 to 27 after the earthquake and tsunami forced it to halt manufacturing.

No Raised Radiation Found In Air, Milk Samples

April 7, 2011 10:31 am | by Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samples of milk, air and rainwater in New Jersey show no sign of elevated radiation from the Japan nuclear disaster, the state's top environmental official said.

Japan Crisis Complicates Move To Clean Energy

April 7, 2011 5:17 am | by Denis D. Gray, Associated Press | News | Comments

Worldwide calls to curb nuclear power amid Japan's plant crisis could be bad news for the fight against global warming, activists say.

Japan Stops Radioactive Leak Into Pacific

April 6, 2011 5:27 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers stopped a highly radioactive leak off Japan's flooded nuclear complex, and engineers prepared an injection of nitrogen to deter any new hydrogen explosions.


Honda's Philippine Plant Cuts Production

April 5, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

Honda Cars Philippines Inc. says it is reducing its auto production by half because of difficulties in getting spare parts from earthquake-stricken Japan.

Japan Sets Radiation Safety Level For Seafood

April 5, 2011 5:11 am | by Ryan Nakashima and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

New levels coupled with reports that radiation was building up in fish led the government to create an acceptable radiation standard for fish for the first time.

Toyota Will Shut North American Plants

April 4, 2011 10:59 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman says it's inevitable that the company will have to shut down its North American factories due to shortages of parts from Japan.

Largest U.S. Dealer Expects Japan Auto Shortage

April 4, 2011 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars made by Japanese manufacturers will be in short supply at showrooms because of last month's earthquake and tsunami, AutoNation CEO says.

Greenpeace: Chernobyl Food Radiation Persists

April 4, 2011 5:55 am | News | Comments

Environmental group said hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still eating food contaminated by radiation a quarter-century after the blast.


Search For Radiation Leak Turns Desperate In Japan

April 4, 2011 5:50 am | by Mari Yamaguchi & Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers used a milky bathwater dye as they frantically tried to trace the path of radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.

Japanese Auto Sales Plunge

April 1, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

Japan's car sales plunged nearly 40 percent in March as consumer confidence took a beating from the tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Honda, Mazda To Restart Limited Car Production

March 31, 2011 5:12 am | News | Comments

Automakers say they will resume limited production at several Japanese factories in early April, but full production depends on the flow of parts.

Texas Instruments Says Japan Factories Recovering

March 30, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

Company expects to restart some production in April and ramp up to full production in July; the plant should be back to full shipping capability in September.

Nissan: Damaged Plant To Resume Output In June

March 30, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker said wrecked engine plant in Japan won't return to operations until June and it will take 'some time' before production runs at full capacity.

Japan Vows To Review Nuclear Safety Standards

March 29, 2011 10:17 am | by Mari Yamaguchi & Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government vowed to overhaul nuclear safety standards once its reactor complex is under control, admitting that its safeguards were insufficient.

Toyota Restricts Orders

March 29, 2011 10:14 am | News | Comments

Automaker wants U.S. car dealers to stop ordering more than 200 replacement parts made in Japan because it's worried about running out of them.

Subaru Plant Slowing Output Due To Shortage

March 29, 2011 5:49 am | News | Comments

Subaru of America is slowing production at its Lafayette plant because of a temporary auto parts shortage caused by Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

AP: Long Blackouts Pose Risk To U.S. Reactors

March 29, 2011 5:34 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The risk of a blackout leading to core damage, while extremely remote, exists at all U.S. nuclear power plants, and some are more susceptible than others.

More Radioactive Water Spills At Japan Nuke Plant

March 28, 2011 10:22 am | by Shina Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex as crews struggled to bring the plant back under control.

Nuclear Industry Touts Safety Of Reactors

March 28, 2011 5:47 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halfway around the globe from Japan, engineers building a cutting-edge nuclear reactor along Finland's shores insist the same crisis couldn't happen here.

Ford To Shut Down Plant To Save Parts

March 28, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

Automaker is planning to shut down its plant in Genk, Belgium, for five days starting April 4, in an effort to conserve auto parts in the wake of the earthquake.

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