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One Big Obstacle To Japan's Recovery? Trash

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Michihiro Kono is the ninth-generation chief executive of soy sauce maker Yagisawa Co. in Rikuzentakata, Japan. His factory, storeroom, customer records and two of his employees were washed away in the tsunami. But he's determined to rebuild. Chie Kobayashi for NPR hide caption

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Rebuilding A Soy Sauce Company, From The Barrel Up

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Newly minted second-graders in Rikuzentakata, Japan, begin their school year more than two weeks late after a tsunami wiped out most of the town. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Japan Struggles With How To Heal 'Children's Hearts'

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Japanese performers dance at a temple in the tsunami-devastated area of Rikuzentakata, Japan, on April 17. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Japanese Celebrate The Dead Amid A Town's Ruins

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Katsunobu Yatagawa surveys the spinach crop he had to destroy because of radiation concerns. Farmers like Yatagawa in the Ibaraki prefecture are facing a ban on the sale of some of their products, and an uncertain future. Chie Kobayashi for NPR hide caption

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Japanese Farmers Linger In State Of Uncertainty

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Long-Term Unemployed Debate Their Next Move

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Frank Wallace, who is unemployed, displays a sign during a vigil in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Unemployment Project and other organizations gathered to draw attention to federal unemployment benefits that are scheduled to expire. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Expiration Of Benefits Takes Toll On Unemployed

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EU Probes Google For Antitrust Issues

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Former Car Czar Settles With SEC, Fights N.Y. AG

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States, Lenders Work To Create Foreclosure Fund

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Senate Panel Berates Bank Execs Over Foreclosures

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Companies report that many employees are reluctant to relocate because of the depressed housing market. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Housing Dilemma: It's Holding Workers Back

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A house under foreclosure that is now bank-owned in Las Vegas. Many homeowners facing foreclosure remain skeptical about offers of assistance. Mark Ralston/AFP hide caption

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Helping Homeowners On The Verge Of Foreclosure

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And Now, Some Good News About Jobs

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The Dilemma Of Walking Away From A Mortgage

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