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Japan tsunami survivor: 'The city will come back but the people's hearts won't recover'

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — Reconstruction is underway in the town of Rikuzentakata, but it will take time. Thousands are still displaced and living in temporary housing. Residents look to the future, say it's a lonely wait.

Japan: Tsunami town mayor says survivors were abandoned

TOKYO — As the Tohoku region in northeast Japan prepares to mark the second anniversary of the tsunami and the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Mayor Futoshi Toba fears the plight of thousands of survivors has been forgotten amid bureaucratic dawdling and indifference among Tokyo politicians.

Tsunami watch: Japan's floating junkyard approaches

TOKYO — What do an empty fishing boat, a Harley-Davidson and a soccer ball have in common? For residents of the West Coast of the US and Canada, they are all reminders of the devastation unleashed on the other side of the Pacific Ocean by last year's Japanese tsunami.

Mutant butterflies linked to radioactive fallout from Fukushima nuclear disaster

Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima meltdowns has created mutant butterflies, researchers in Japan have said.

Japan: Tepco reveals footage from nuclear disaster

TOKYO, Japan — It is shortly after 11 a.m. on March 14, 2011. A voice from the Tokyo headquarters of Tepco warns employees at the Fukushima nuclear power plant that a tsunami advisory has been issued following an earthquake — just three days after the magnitude-9.0 quake that had triggered the worst nuclear power crisis in Japan's history. After a short silence, Fukushima Daiichi's emergency command center is seen shaking violently. The next voice belongs to the plant's manager: "Headquarters. Headquarters," he shouts.  "This is serious. This is serious. I think we've had another hydrogen blast. It seems like there's just been an explosion."

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was 'man-made'

TOKYO — An independent panel investigating last year's accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant blamed the disaster on collusion between the government, the facility's operator and regulators.

Fukushima seafood goes on sale for first time since the meltdown

"I was filled with both uncertainty and hope today, but I was so happy when I found out the local supermarket had sold out by 3 p.m."

Japanese deep-sea drilling breaks depth record

A Japanese drilling boat conducting research into last year's tsunami says that it set a world record for the deepest ocean probe at over 25,000 feet.

Video: After tsunami, mother and child

FUKUSHIMA — Of all the stories of despair and hope to emerge from northeast Japan, the fate of the tens of thousands of people living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has resonated most.

Video: After tsunami, a fisherman's story

KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture — It says much about the ruthlessness of the March 11 tsunami that it laid waste to a region whose economy is heavily dependent on the ocean.
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