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US Naval Officer in Japan Faces Prison over Deadly Crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Ridge Alkonis, a U.S. Navy lieutenant living in Japan, a springtime trip with his wife and three children to Mount Fuji was intended as fun and leisurely family time before an expected deployment. What happened next, …

Japan Court: Nuclear Plant’s Tsunami Safeguards Inadequate

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered a utility not to restart a nuclear power plant because of inadequate tsunami safeguards, backing the safety concerns of residents at a time the government is pushing for more reactors to …

Operator of Sunken Japanese Tour Boat Had Previous Accidents

TOKYO (AP )– The head of the company that operated a tourist boat that sank off northern Japan with 26 people aboard said Wednesday he approved the trip despite a broken communication device and forecasts of rough weather, as officials …

Japan Earthquake to Cost Insurers Between $2B and $4B – Verisk

The powerful earthquake that jolted Japan’s northeast coast last week is expected to cause insured property losses between $2 billion and $4 billion, modeling firm Verisk said on Thursday. About $400 million to $820 million of the losses will stem …

Power Outage Alert in Japan Amid Quake Damage, Cold Weather

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese were urged Tuesday to conserve energy as the government warned of potential blackouts in the Tokyo region due to a shortfall in power generation after several coal-fired plants temporarily stopped generating electricity following an earthquake last …

Japan Turns Down the Heat and Dims the Lights to Avoid Power Cut After Quake

TOKYO —Japanese turned off neon signs, dimmed their lights and dialed down thermostats on Tuesday after the government issued an urgent call to save energy to avoid blackouts after an earthquake last week caused a serious power shortage. Up to …

Cleanup Begins After 7.4 Quake Shakes North Japan, Killing 4

TOKYO (AP) — Residents in Fukushima and Miyagi were cleaning their homes after a sleepless night following a powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck off the northern Japanese coasts, smashing furniture, knocking out power and killing four people. The region is …

Car Crashes in World’s Oldest Nation Spur Changes by Automakers

Automakers in Japan, where almost 30% of the population is 65 or older, are taking the lead on adapting cars so the nation’s legions of elderly drivers can feel more confident — and be safer — behind the wheel. A …

Japan to Release Treated Fukushima Water in Sea, Kyodo Says

Japan is planning to release millions of gallons of treated radioactive water from its wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, Kyodo News reported, citing unidentified people close to the matter. The government has agreed on this …

Toyota, Others Seeing Prolonged Disruption From Heavy Rains

Toyota Motor Corp. will extend its factory stoppage through part of Wednesday as the impact of heavy rains in southern Japan continues to ripple through manufacturing facilities in the region. Toyota Kyushu’s Miyata, Karita, Kokura plants will remain closed Wednesday …