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National Apr 12, 2011

Rescuers finally save aged man trapped in no-go area

MINAMISOMA, Fukushima Pref. — The farmhouse sits at the end of a mud-caked, one-lane road strewn with toppled trees, the decaying carcasses of dead pigs and large debris deposited by the March 11 tsunami. Stranded alone inside the unheated, dark home is 75-year-old Kunio Shiga. ...

National Apr 3, 2011

Rural sports complex turns into base camp for nuclear workers

FUKUSHIMA — At the edge of a no-man's land around the Fukushima No. 1 reactor complex lies a grassy athletic village that now serves as base camp for an army of workers battling the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. In regular rotation, groups are bused ...

Preparation for nuke crisis woeful

National Mar 24, 2011

Preparation for nuke crisis woeful

FUKUSHIMA — When the massive earthquake and tsunami rocked the northeast March 11, residents who had been prepared by years of drills knew exactly what to do: They scrambled for cover until the shaking stopped, then ran for higher ground to avoid the giant ...

Battling U.S. for huge deal, Eurofighter woos Japan

National Feb 25, 2011

Battling U.S. for huge deal, Eurofighter woos Japan

In a deal that could be worth billions of dollars and determine one of the primary fighter jets in Asia for decades to come, European aircraft makers are trying to get Japan to do something it has never done before — snub America. U.S. planes ...

Tabloids feast on Imperial family foibles

National Feb 19, 2011

Tabloids feast on Imperial family foibles

Emperor Akihito is a quiet, studious type. The paragon of respectability. But, oh, what a family! In a country where old folks still remember when it was a serious crime to defame the Imperial Household, Japan's tabloid-style weekly magazines just can't get enough unflattering gossip ...

National Feb 18, 2011

Space station may get chatty, tweeting JAXA humanoid robot

Lonely astronauts on the International Space Station may soon be getting an android friend from Japan. And for the folks back home, it will tweet. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is considering putting a talking humanoid robot on the International Space Station to watch the mission ...

U.S. submariners learn to live without smokes

National Feb 17, 2011

U.S. submariners learn to live without smokes

YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. — When the USS Charlotte arrived for a recent port call, some of its crew were surely relieved to find themselves in Japan, traditionally a smoker's haven. As if life on a submarine wasn't already stressful enough, with its cramped quarters, long ...

Kan takes in Iwojima graves hunt

National Dec 15, 2010

Kan takes in Iwojima graves hunt

Making only the second trip ever by a serving prime minister to the site of the Battle of Iwojima, Naoto Kan paid his respects Tuesday to the more than 21,000 Japanese soldiers killed in one of World War II's bloodiest battlegrounds — and one ...

Iwojima mementos bring closure

National Nov 2, 2010

Iwojima mementos bring closure

For decades, the faded photograph of a baby Japanese girl and a child's colorful drawing hung on a wall in the home of Franklin Hobbs III in America. As a 21-year-old U.S. soldier fighting on Iwojima, now known as Iwoto, one of the bloodiest battles ...

National Aug 25, 2010

When scores of centenarians fall off radar

Japan prides itself on the world's longest life expectancy but is struggling with a disturbing footnote to that statistic — revelations that hundreds of people listed as its oldest citizens are either long dead or haven't been heard from for decades. The mystery of the ...