Japanese police said Monday they have arrested a 24-year-old U.S. sailor on suspicion of raping a Japanese woman on Okinawa, in a case that could further fan sentiment against Washington's military presence on the fortified southern island.
A Japanese utility on Monday appealed a court decision which ordered the shutdown of two nuclear reactors even though they had been declared safe under tougher rules prompted by the Fukushima meltdown.
Japanese gathered in Tokyo and along the country's ravaged northeast coast to observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. Friday, exactly five years after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck offshore, triggering a devastating tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and sent reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant into meltdown.
TOKYO - Japan paused on Friday to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its northeastern coast and sparked the worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century.
The complacency and cozy relationships blamed for the Fukushima nuclear accident are still a problem in Japan, experts warn, even as the country faces the probability of another earthquake and tsunami that could dwarf the 2011 catastrophe.
As Japan's "triple disaster" -- quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis -- unfolded after March 11, 2011, Associated Press journalists fanned out across the northern region of Tohoku to report and record what had happened in pictures, stories and video.
Shuya Takahashi, 54, lost his eldest daughter in the tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Takahashi, chief of the municipal government's department in charge of reconstruction policy in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, works to rebuild the city while continually detailing the efforts to visitors from developing nations.
They feel like refugees, although they live in one of the world's richest and most peaceful nations.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday said Japan "cannot do without" nuclear power, speaking on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the devastating Fukushima disaster.
A Japanese court Wednesday ordered the shutdown of two nuclear reactors previously declared safe under strict post-Fukushima safety rules, a decision that comes just days before the fifth anniversary of the atomic disaster.