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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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says American nuclear plants need to be better prepared for the sudden and continued loss of electric power. Above, the Limerick Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Pottstown, Pa. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Commission: U.S. Must Make Nuclear Plants Safer

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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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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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