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Japanese PM Promises to Resign After Earthquake Clean-up

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will offer to step down once he has fulfilled his responsibilities to deal with the effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. National NHK television broadcast the remarks made by Mr. Kan Thursday to a meeting of his Democratic Party of Japan. Dozens of party members have […]

Japanese PM Promises to Resign After Earthquake Clean-up

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will offer to step down once he has fulfilled his responsibilities to deal with the effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. National NHK television broadcast the remarks made by Mr. Kan Thursday to a meeting of his Democratic Progressive Party. Dozens of party members have threatened […]

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Toyota to Boost Production; Issues New Recalls

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The world’s biggest automaker says it is boosting production in Japan as it recovers from the March earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of the country. Japanese car maker Toyota announced Wednesday domestic production will return to 90 percent of pre-disaster levels this month. Company executives credited the quicker than anticipated recovery on the ability […]

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IAEA: Japan Underestimated Tsunami Threat

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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International experts say Japan underestimated the threat posed by tsunamis to its nuclear power plants, but praised Tokyo’s overall response to the massive earthquake and tidal waves that devastated the country’s coastal northeast nearly three months ago. The preliminary critique from the International Atomic Energy Agency was issued Wednesday by a team of 18 experts. […]

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Japan Wants Office Workers to be “Super Cool”

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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The Japanese government hopes to ease anticipated power shortages with “Super Cool Biz” — a revamped version of its annual program to encourage office workers to dress casually during the hot weather months. Beginning Wednesday, office workers are urged to abandon conventional suits and ties in favor of t-shirts, polo shirts and brightly colored Hawaiian […]

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Japanese PM Bracing for No-Confidence Vote in Parliament

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, with many members of his own party signaling they will vote to remove him from office. The Asahi newspaper says more than 50 members of Mr. Kan’s Democratic Party of Japan support the no-confidence motion, which is expected to come up for a […]

IAEA Experts Say Japan Underestimated Tsunami Threat

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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A team of international experts investigating the Fukushima nuclear accident says Japan underestimated the risk posed by tsunamis to its nuclear plants. The finding is contained in a preliminary report prepared for delivery to the Japanese government Wednesday. The 18-member team’s full report will be delivered to an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting beginning June […]

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