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One Year Later, 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'

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Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station on Nov. 12, 2011. David Guttenfelder /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11, setting into motion a tsunami that engulfed large parts of northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear meltdown at a power plant in Fukushima. On March 26, a man walks among debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images hide caption

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Areas Of Northern Japan May Be Off-Limits For Years

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Workers decontaminate the roof of a kindergarten about 12 miles from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan last month. Several hundred Japanese seniors have volunteered to take part in the cleanup effort. Hiro Komae/AP hide caption

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Japanese Seniors: Send Us To Damaged Nuclear Plant

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Farmers whose crops were ruined by a nuclear accident protest Aug. 3 at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Many Japanese are calling for the country to lessen its dependence on nuclear power following the accident six months ago. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Nuclear Mishap, Japan Debates Energy Future

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Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda was chosen leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Monday. That all but ensures his selection as Japan's next prime minister. Hiro Komae/AP hide caption

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In Japan, Next Prime Minister Faces Many Skeptics

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Most of Kesennuma's large fishing boats either survived the tsunami or have been repaired. But many do not move from the dock, because most of the city's fish-processing factories still lie in ruins. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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After Quake, Japanese Fishing Port Remains At Risk

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Boston-based NGO All Hands is restoring water-damaged photos recovered from Japan's tsunami using scanners and a host of professional photo re-touchers around the world. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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In Japan, Restoring Photos For Tsunami Victims

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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks during a news conference in Tokyo in May. The beleaguered leader is expected to step down in coming weeks. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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In Japan, Holding Onto Political Reins Proves Elusive

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In Tokyo today, newspapers printed extra editions to report about the women soccer team's victory in the World Cup. Yoshikazu Tsuno /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This March 24 aerial photo shows the extent of damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The 40-foot-tall tsunami destroyed the electrical and cooling systems, resulting in meltdowns at some of the reactors. Air Photo Service/AP hide caption

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Reports: Why Things Fell Apart At Fukushima Plant

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Nisaka Mieko gathers chives, which have been contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident. She says she may lose $25,000 in crops, and hopes to plant some of the seeds next year. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Despite Radiation, Some Japanese Villagers Stay Put

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The Japan Animal Rescue shelter in Samukawa houses about 200 dogs and cats, most of them brought in from the now off-limits area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption

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Risky Rescue: Saving Pets From Japan Exclusion Zone

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A worker checks the status of the water level at the Unit 1 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan on Tuesday. Japanese officials said the reactor doesn't appear to be holding water, which means its core probably sustained more damage than originally thought. TEPCO/AP hide caption

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So Far, Nuclear Agency Confident In U.S. Reactors

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