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Japan's utilities have depended on largely unskilled laborers since the nuclear power plant building boom of the 1970s.
The Okinawan people view the Futenma base as symbolic of the unfair military burden they have suffered since the end of World War II.
Lower readings in playgrounds have done little to reassure residents.
Japan's $2.4 billion business in seafood exports takes a beating. Fishermen are hard hit.
Amid the destruction and uncertainty, a faint outline of the future is emerging.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan is steering the country away from nuclear power, but how far is he prepared to go?
The sea that once provided their livelihoods, also took it away.
If there is one place that encapsulates the scope of the tragedy visited on Japan last month, it is Minamisoma.
It took officials a month to raise the severity level due to unreliable data.
Tens of thousands of evacuees face serious health problems and a future clouded by trauma.
"All I can say for certain is that I never want to live near the sea again," said Takahiro Kori, 37, whose home was engulfed by the tsunami.
Fresh footage of the disaster zone suggests that the death toll could easily top 10,000.
The extent of the damage is unknown, but deaths are already in the hundreds.
Rift between the neighbors deepens as Russia pledges to deploy missiles to contested Northern Territories.
Activists rejoice as Japan recalls a fleet of whaling ships weeks before the annual hunt was meant to end.
A match-fixing scandal may relegate sumo from national sporting obsession to sideshow.
Some experts predict 2011 will be the year Japan's economy comes out on top.
Defectors say the North's recent hostilities betray regime's desperation.
A month after attack, South Korean island struggles to reclaim normalcy.
North agreed to let UN inspectors in to assess nuclear program, after South's live-fire drills.