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Japan's nuclear fears: “The only thing we can do is hope and pray”

 
Much has been said about the Japanese people’s stoicism in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast two weeks ago. Nevertheless, as the ensuing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power plant drags on, some Japanese are growing increasingly worried. Read more…

Russian director says tsunami sent to punish "Godless" people

 
After the tragedy of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, most Russians rushed to express their sympathy and offer the Japanese people their help. Most, but not all. Read more…
 

Observer tells of struggle to flee town near Fukushima plant

 
On March 16, the mayor of a little-known town in north-east Japan sent out a desperate message: “I would really like to appeal to the world: we need help.” His town, Koriyama, is 50 km west of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. With living conditions getting harder by the day and concern over radiation growing, more and more people are scrambling to get out. Read more…
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‘Should I stay or should I go?’ Expats in Japan face up to nuclear threat

 
Three of our Observers in Japan are reacting in very different ways to news from the disaster-hit nuclear power in Fukushima. One immediately left Tokyo to head for the south of the country, another sees no reason to worry, while the third is furious at authorities for delivering so little aid and information. Read more…
 

The ten most striking amateur videos of the earthquake in Japan

The devastating earthquake that struck the north-eastern coast of Japan on March 11 has left the country grappling with what Prime Minister Naoto Kan has described as its most serious crisis since World War Two. We bring you a selection of the most striking amateur videos shot during the quake and the ensuing tsunami that ravaged the eastern shoreline. Watch the videos…

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Japan quake: “There is no light, no food and no water, but people are calm”

 
The first amateur images of the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Friday began surfacing on the web within hours of the tremor. We bring you a selection of the most striking footage, as well as first-hand accounts from the ground. Read more…
 

China's anti-Japan protests: "We refuse to continue being humiliated"

Escalating tensions between Japan and China reached a high point on Sunday after Beijing broke off diplomatic ties with Japan and anti-Japanese protests were held in several Chinese cities. Read more...

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Pimp my rice (paddy)

Every year, more than 1.5 million hectares of rice fields are cultivated in Japan. But in Inadakate, the paddy fields are extra special. Find out more...

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American soldier in Okinawa: “Only a minority think we’re monsters”

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced on Tuesday that he will not be closing the Futenma American airbase on the island of Okinawa, despite promising to so in his election manifesto. The decision has enraged local residents, who say the base and its residents are a constant nuisance. An American soldier based in Okinawa gives his perspective on this contentious issue. Read on...

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Commitment in clothes

How can you tell the difference between a serious couple and "just good friends" in Korea, China or Japan? Easy. A pair of really committed lovers will be wearing the same outfit. Read more and see the photos...

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