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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Toyota Tundra trucks are lined up at an Arizona dealership in April, when the automaker recalled about 51,000 of the vehicles. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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After A Tough Year, Toyota Struggles To Mend
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A man holds a placard during a march denouncing the use of nuclear plants and power during a demonstration in Tokyo on May 1. Toru Yamanaka /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Japan Backs Off Of Nuclear Power After Public Outcry
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April 29: An image from video taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co. as robots explored the nuclear reactor building of Unit 1 at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. TEPCO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Kesennuma, garbage covers much of the city, particularly in the harbor. Some baseball fields and parks nearby have been converted into areas where cranes can sort through the debris. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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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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A security guard stands near the Toyota exhibit at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on Thursday. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Japanese Auto Executives Try To Put On Happy Face
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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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Reporter Recalls Covering Japanese Quake, Tsunami
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