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.
Japanese Government Internet TV
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."
April 21, 2011 Officials say no one should enter a 12-mile area around the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi facility because of concerns about radioactivity. It was crippled by the tsunami that swept over the area on March 11, following a massive earthquake.
Damage at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.
April 14, 2011 Two American reporters, John Glionna of the Los Angeles Times and Steve Herman from Voice of America, drove into the evacuation zone around Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday and to the facility's main gate.
April 11, 2011 One month later: A look at memorials dedicated to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami
This U.S. Navy photo shows, from above, debris in the coastal waters off Japan on March 13. Tires and parts of buildings are among the things floating.
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April 8, 2011 The March 11 tsunami washed a huge amount of debris out into the Pacific. Scientists say it will circulate around the ocean, with some washing up on shores for years to come.
April 7, 2011 It's the strongest earthquake in the area since the 9.0 magnitude temblor on March 11.
A Japanese flag waved Wednesday over the the wreckage and devastation in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture.
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April 7, 2011 Wearing protective clothing because of radioactivity in the area, hundreds of police officers are searching for thousands of missing persons. They're hoping to recover bodies before they completely decompose.
A destroyed bus still sits on a roof of a building in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. It settled there after the March 11 tsunami that swept over the coast.
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April 6, 2011 Workers used "liquid glass" to plug one route that contaminated water was taking on its way to the sea. Now, they're pumping nitrogen into a reactor vessel to keep hydrogen there from exploding.
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