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Japan Confirms Boat on Washington Beach From Tsunami

State and federal officials have confirmed that the boat that washed ashore near Long Beach, Wash., with several fish native to Japan inside, did travel across the Pacific after the 2011 tsunami. The Japanese consulate told the state’s Emergency Management …

Japan Experts Say New Nuclear Safety Plan too Lax

Experts who investigated Japan’s nuclear crisis said Monday that a watchdog’s oversight of the crippled plant’s operator is still too lax, amid renewed public fear over a recent spate of safety problems. The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has been plagued with …

Removal of Japanese Dock on Olympic Coast Completed

A 185-ton dock that washed out to sea during the March 2011 tsunami in Japan has now been removed from Washington’s Olympic Coast. Crews from The Undersea Company of Port Townsend, Wash., removed the last of the dock’s concrete and …

Emergency Landing Grounds Boeing 787 Jets in Japan

Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet. All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery …

Japan Nuclear Plant Operator Admits Some Safety Measures Neglected

The operator of the disaster-struck Japanese nuclear power plant has acknowledged that the company long neglected safety measures intended to avoid and manage severe accidents while it was obsessed with fixing minor safety problems to improve operational records. Tokyo Electric …

Japan Donates $5M for Tsunami Debris Cleanup

Japan is providing $5 million to the U.S. to help with collection and disposal of marine debris from its 2011 tsunami disaster. The Foreign Ministry announced the donation to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday. Prime Minister …

Japan’s Rebuilding Money Spent on Unrelated Jobs

About a quarter of the $148 billion budget for reconstruction after Japan’s March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster has been spent on unrelated projects, including subsidies for a contact lens factory and research whaling. The findings of a government audit …

Japan Launches New Nuclear Safety Agency

Japan has launched a new nuclear oversight agency following criticism that collusion between regulators and plant operators contributed to meltdowns at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. Japan began reviewing its energy policies following the Fukushima crisis. Before the accident, resource-poor …

Governor Says Fed Help Needed With Tsunami Debris

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Monday a state plan to address tsunami debris that reaches the state’s coast from Japan but stressed that federal help is needed. “We don’t have the resources at the state level to do what we’re …

Removing Tsunami Dock Bids in: $80,000 to $240,000

The bids are in for removing a dock that floated from Japan to an Oregon beach after being set adrift by last year’s tsunami. The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation said Thursday the lowest bids are for breaking down …