Posts Tagged ‘ Japan earthquake ’

A year on, only five percent of tsunami rubble cleaned up

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02/23/2012
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Where is it all going to go? Tsunami wreckage poses problems nationwide. TOKYO (majirox news) — Mariko Tanaka travels across the areas that were devastated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami last year, auditing small banks and credit unions. The tsunami knocked out the trains from her home, which is near Sendai Airport, for...
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U.S. military action after disaster supported by 94 percent of Japanese

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12/18/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — About 94 percent of Japanese voted in favor of the U.S. military mobilization after the country’s March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, according to a telephone survey by the Yomiuri newspaper conducted jointly with the U.S. Gallup poll at the end of November. About 75 percent of Americans supported the...
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Takashi Murakami’s charity auction at Christie’s raises millions for disaster victims

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11/10/2011
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NEW YORK (majriox news) — International contemporary artist Takashi Murakami and Christie’s Auction House joined forces to raise more than 680 million yen ($8.8 million). Murakami’s “New Day: Artists for Japan” charity sale was held on Nov. 9 in New York to help the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, which hit the country...
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Update: Japan restarts Genkai reactor No. 4

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11/01/2011
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Update The Genkai reactor No. 4 was restarted at 11 a.m. Nov. 1. The restart of the reactor was seen as a key to determining the fate of dozens of halted reactors across Japan. Japan had 54 working nuclear reactors while about 40 remain halted, mostly for regular inspections but some because of damage...
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Donor leaves 40 million yen donation in toilet

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10/29/2011
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AOMORI (majirox news) — A donor left a bundle of 40 million yen ($518,000) in cash in a toilet at Hachinobe City Hall in Aomori prefecture together with a note saying, “let the people of the four prefectures affected by the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami use 10 million yen ($130,000) each,” Hachinobe...
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Luna Sea sold-out relief concert raises over 222 million yen in 5 minutes

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10/27/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The Luna Sea concert sold out at the Saitama Super Arena in five minutes on Oct. 22, grossing over 222 million yen (2.8 million dollars) in ticket sales for what is one of the fastest- selling J rock groups ever. Luna Sea also has exceeded sales records for many J...
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Chinese tourists coming back to Japan

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10/19/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Tourism in Japan has begun to show substantial gains following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March, which caused tourism to sharply decline, according to Zensuke Suzuki of the Japan Tourist Agency. “After the earthquake, we saw the largest drop in tourism numbers we ever experienced,” Suzuki said. More...
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Bicycle accidents on the rise around Tokyo

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10/14/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Six months after Japan’s earthquake, bicycle accidents have shot up dramatically in Tokyo. For example, in April there was an increase of 16 percent compared to the same month last year. Fatal accidents were also noted to be significantly increased this year. “When the trains were halted after the earthquake...
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Owners reunited with rescued pets

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10/08/2011
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OSAKA (majirox news) — A 62-year-old man saw his dog for the first time in six months at the Japan Animal Trust shelter located in Osaka. The dog owner fled the city of Miami-soma after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, and like many others was forced to leave his pet behind....
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SMAP bops in Beijing

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09/17/2011
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BEIJING (majirox news) — SMAP, Japan’s most popular pop group for the past two decades, gave its first ever overseas concert on Sept. 16, playing to a crowd of about 40,000. SMAP played about 30 of the group’s hits during the concert, which had been long-awaited both in Japan and the Asian mainland after...
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