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US Business Reacts to Japan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The crisis in Japan has finally hit home for stock markets around the world. Investors are concerned that electronics manufacturers, who import chips from Japan could be affected by lapses in the supply chain. Two of Japan's top companies, Honda and Toyota have halted production at their Japanese plants and Detroit is highly dependent on parts from Japan. At the same time, the disaster in Japan has raised questions about the energy industry here in the United States. 

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The Takeaway

Photographing Life After Nuclear Disaster

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Photographer Michael Forster Rothbart has taken pictures of Bhopal and spent two years living in Chernobyl. He’s also photographed the Semi Polygon nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. He has first-hand knowledge of what happens once the news cameras leave and life continues in places changed forever by nuclear disaster. He shares some of the images and stories that have stayed with him after traveling through towns hit by calamity.

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The Takeaway

Yoko Ono on Disaster and Hope in Japan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yoko Ono Lennon experienced the devastation of WWII on Japan. Since then, she's moved to the United States and worked as an artist and musician. She speaks strongly about pain, love, and her reverence for planet Earth. In the wake of Japan's quake and tsunami, she has been thinking of her home country and contributing to the Red Cross. She encourages others to do the same, or to participate in the rebuilding of Japan in a more hands-on way if they can. Amidst the pain and the destruction, she is hopeful that her country can rebuild.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: A Look at Nuclear Energy at Home

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

There's more economic fallout from the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan. We'll talk about how that might change the demand for nuclear energy here at home.

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The Takeaway

Japan Earthquake: An Eyewitness Account

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Our friends at LAPM's LA>FWD posted these videos of Mio Kanehara, a 22-year-old aspiring singer in Tokyo, talking about her experience during the recent earthquake off the coast of Japan. Check them out after the jump.

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The Takeaway

Mother Nature vs. US Nuclear Power Plants

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan teeters on the brink of a nuclear meltdown following the 8.9 earthquake and the enormous tsunami. Meanwhile, many in the U.S. are pondering the state of our nuclear power plants if they ever faced a similar bout with mother nature. The U.S. is the home of 104 nuclear reactor sites, four of them along the west coast — famed for its fault line and earthquakes — one in Washington, two in California, and three in Arizona. 

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The Takeaway

Washington Responds to Japan's Nuclear Disaster

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Greg Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission briefed reporters at the White House on Tuesday, saying that a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan could not happen in the United States. “Based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident we see a very low likelihood, really a very low probability that there’s any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the United States or in Hawaii, or in any other U.S. territories," he said.

However, Washington is edge about what to do about our own nuclear power sources here in the U.S. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway got reaction from the Capitol.

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The Takeaway

Nuclear America: Georgia Mayor Says Japan Nuke Catastrophe Can't Happen Here

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

One year ago, President Obama announced that the federal government would guarantee $8 billion in new federal loans to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia. The recession-hit town of Waynesboro, Georgia was to benefit from the construction, as new jobs were created. But as Japan's nuclear disaster continues to unfold, some of those who live near the 104 nuclear reactors scattered throughout the United States are growing nervous, while others say there's nothing to fear.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Taking Stock of the Economic Damage in Japan

Monday, March 14, 2011

This week the federal budget extender runs out, and new data will tell us how much prices are rising on food and fuel. We'll preview the week ahead in business and economics.

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The Takeaway

Japan: The Effects of Disaster on the Cultural Psyche

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan is faced with a massive humanitarian crisis and potential nuclear threat after last week's earthquake and tsunami. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 took the lives of over 140,000 Japanese citizens and destroyed the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. During World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nearly wiped off the map in an instant flash of nuclear fission. And tsunami is, of course, a Japanese word. How has Japanese culture handled natural disaster and tragedy in the past?

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, March 14, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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WNYC News

Japan Quake Aftermath | Economic Fallout

Monday, March 14, 2011

If there is no major fallout from the damaged nuclear reactors, the economic effect of Friday's earthquake and resulting tsunami is largely expected to be limited to Japan. Spending to rebuild Japan will most likely help boost economic growth, but that this spending will most likely add to Japan’s public debt, already the second worst in the world.

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The Takeaway

Questions About Japan's Energy Policy in Tsunami's Wake

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Japanese government has called a nuclear power emergency and evacuated nearly 200,000 people from the area surrounding two nuclear reactors as excessive radiation levels have been reported in the wake of a breakdown following Friday's earthquake. Japan has 55 reactors, which provide about one third of its total electricity, making it the world's third largest atomic energy user. This is the third time an earthquake has led to an accident at one of the country's nuclear plants in the past five years.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Economy, Wisconsin, Budget

Monday, March 14, 2011

The 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan Friday is certain to have an impact on the world's market. Already Japan's Nikkei average fell over 4 percent in early trading Monday morning. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, looks at how the disaster in Japan could affect the U.S.'s economy and stock market.

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The Takeaway

Assessing Japan's Quake; Remembering China's

Monday, March 14, 2011

James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine is currently in Beijing, but he has lived and worked in Japan. He also witnessed the powerful earthquake that hit China in 2008. China, still scarred by the 2008 Sichuan quake, has expressed admiration for the way that Japan has responded to Friday's earthquake. Although the relationship between China and Japan strained, many Chinese have expressed compassion for the country.

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The Takeaway

US Navy Aids Japan Relief Efforts

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thousands are still missing in Japan and the search efforts are challenging: in addition to the rubble left by the earthquake, large areas of land are still flooded, and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated from areas to protect citizens from radiation poisoning. Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said this is the country's greatest crisis since World War II. The U.S. Navy is flying missions to assess the debris field at sea and drop humanitarian aid. 150 of America's top search-and-rescue specialists from Virginia and California arrived Monday morning to travel to the coastal village of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture.

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The Takeaway

America's Japanese Community Mobilizes After Quake

Monday, March 14, 2011

The death toll continues to rise as Japan faces the damage caused by last week's tsunami and enormous quake. The country’s nuclear crisis has also escalated, as officials confirm partial meltdowns at several nuclear reactors. Kaz Fujimoto has been living in New York for 12 years, where he works as a store clerk at the Japanese grocer Katagiri & Co. He shares his reaction as Japanese Americans look at the disaster.

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WNYC News

Week Ahead: Japan And the Global Economy

Monday, March 14, 2011

As recovery efforts continue in Japan and rescuers keep searching for the injured, dead and missing, the growing nuclear crisis has the country — and the world — on edge.  Just how successful Japan is at preventing a possible meltdown at the reactors will spell the difference between a short-term, immensely tragic event and a long-term, global disaster.

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WNYC News

Japan: Tell Us Your Story

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Are you in Japan? We want to hear from you. Use the comments section below to post your story and tell us what you have experienced since the earthquake struck on Friday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Five Things You May Not Know About Tsunamis

Friday, March 11, 2011

On today's Please Explain, Leonard spoke to geologist Lori Dengler and seismologist Geoff Abers about the tsunami in Japan. In addition to finding out that earthquakes can cause whirlpools, we found out a lot more about how tsunamis are closer to us than we think.

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