Japan's draft of a new energy proposal calls for opening nuclear power plants that were shut down after the nuclear disaster in 2011. Greg Webb/IAEA/AP hide caption

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Idle No More: Japan Plans To Restart Closed Nuclear Reactors

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Touring Reactor No. 4 At Tsunami-Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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A Tokyo Electric Power Company official (center) stands with journalists at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan on Nov. 7. Cleanup efforts at the plant remain ongoing. Kimimasa Mayama/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Three Years Later, A Harrowing Visit To Fukushima

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Chinese blacksmiths in Nuanquan (Warm Spring) Town perform a folk custom called "making trees and flowers." They throw ladles of molten iron onto a wall, creating showers of sparks. The centuries-old custom originated with blacksmiths too poor to afford fireworks. In recent years, urban tourists have flocked to this once obscure town over the Chinese New Year holiday to enjoy local folk customs. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year

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Red Guards — high school and university students — wave copies of Chairman Mao Zedong's Little Red Book during a parade in June 1966 in Beijing's streets at the beginning of China's Cultural Revolution. More than 1 million people are believed to have died during the decade-long upheaval. Jean Vincent/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter

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At a Beijing Courthouse on Sunday, activist Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years in prison. Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Crusader Against Corruption, Chinese Activist Sentenced To Jail

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The Chinese and North Korean flags are seen attached to a railing as trucks carrying Chinese-made goods cross into North Korea on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge at the Chinese border town of Dandong on Dec. 18, 2013. Ties between the two longtime allies are strained after the execution of the North Korean official in charge of economic relations with China. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China

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Chinese 100 yuan bank notes being counted at a bank in Huaibei, in eastern China's Anhui province, in 2013. Undeclared income — sometimes the proceeds of corruption, often just of unclear provenance — is estimated to make up a staggering 12 percent of China's GDP. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lure Of China's Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor

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Biden Visits China Amid Tension With Japan

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Biden's Pre-Planned Asia Visit Becomes High-Stakes Mission

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China, Japan Ramp Up Airspace Dispute

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A makeshift headstone in the mass grave outside of San Joaquin Parish in the province of Leyte, Philippines. The Catholic parish has lost almost two-thirds of its congregation after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the area. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins

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A View From China, India On Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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Old Political Feud In Philippines Fuels Rage Over Typhoon Response

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn, in the Philippines, talks with Steve Inskeep

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