May 17, 2012 The world's third-largest economy grew at a 4.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter. But the boost from rebuilding is expected to wane in coming quarters.
The biggest public toilet in the world, officials claim. The flowers and plants will be put in the ground after the soil has settled properly, according to The Japan Times.
May 15, 2012 Set inside a wall-in garden, it's hoped the facility will draw tourists to Ichihara City.
A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter takes off from Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture.
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April 27, 2012 Under a plan announced overnight, about 9,000 Marines will go to Guam and other places in the Pacific. Around 10,000 will remain.
March 14, 2012 The same general area of Japan that was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami almost exactly one year ago was rattled again today. But authorities have canceled an earlier warning about a possible tsunamki.
Peeled persimmon is a traditional food of Tohoku.
February 9, 2012 In a new cookbook, food writer Elizabeth Andoh tells the story of the cuisine of Japan's Tohoku region, which was hard hit by last year's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. Andoh says it's important to document the region's cuisine now, because traditional dishes often disappear during periods of upheaval.
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Pusuke and his human, Yumiko Shinohara, in December 2010.
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December 8, 2011 The Shiba mix was fine until Monday, his owner says. He died quietly, surrounded by his human family in Japan.
The aftermath of the mayhem.
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December 5, 2011 Eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes Benzes were among the 14-car pile-up Sunday in Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture. Estimates of their value range from $1 million to nearly $4 million. No one was seriously hurt.
September 6, 2011 A financial crisis that began with the popping of a huge housing bubble and led to a stock market plunge and a banking crisis? That's right: We're talking about Japan in the 1990s.
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August 29, 2011 Japan is about to get its sixth prime minister in five years. In Libya, opposition leaders say Moammar Gadhafi and his loyalists remain threats.
August 23, 2011 As it heads for possible landfall in the Carolinas later this week, Irene is getting stronger.
August 4, 2011 Japan is firing three top nuclear energy officials, nearly five months after the country's Fukushima nuclear disaster. And Banri Kaieda, the industry minister in charge of energy policy, said that he will resign after he replaces the officials.
In Tokyo today, newspapers printed extra editions to report about the women soccer team's victory in the World Cup.
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July 18, 2011 There's no shortage of reports about how important the victory in women's soccer was across the Pacific in a nation still recovering from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Does losing to Japan ease the pain for U.S. fans?
Prime Minister Naoto Kan, after telling the nation he would be giving up his pay.
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May 10, 2011 Naoto Kan said he will not accept his prime minister's salary until the crisis is over at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, which was crippled by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
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.
May 5, 2011 Working two at a time for 10 minute shifts because of the "high levels of radioactive substances," the team members will first install an air purifier. Later, they will install a new system to circulate cooling water within the reactor.
April 22, 2011 The auto giant will need time to recover from the damage done in Japan by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. In other news, a U.S. drone strike killed 25 in Pakistan and a new poll shows most Americans "say Medicare is worth the cost."
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