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Japan Quake • A Timeline

Monday, March 14, 2011

Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on the east coast of Japan, the country is now racing to prevent a nuclear disaster at a major nuclear power plant. Below is a time line of events in Japan local time. (Updated 8:30 p.m. EST) •

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Fukushima Update

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The crisis at the Fukushima reactor in Japan has been out of the headlines, but that doesn’t mean the crisis has been solved. We’ll speak with Dr. Edwin Lyman, a senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Met Opera in Japan

Friday, June 10, 2011

Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, checks in from the Opera's Japan tour, the first visit by a major performing arts organization since the March 11 earthquake.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Future of Indian Point

Friday, June 03, 2011

We've let the licensing law lapse and we have this architecture for a 21st century circumstance where we're dependent more and more upon electricity, what with cell phones and computers. We have not invested in that. We've not had a collective buy-in about what we're going to do about energy. We're dealing with a legacy of conflict-avoiding.

— WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on The Brian Lehrer Show

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WQXR Features

Radioactive Rift: Met Opera Stars Drop Out of Japan Tour

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Joseph Calleja, two of the Metropolitan Opera's leading stars, have pulled out of a tour in Japan at the last minute for fear of radiation from the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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WNYC News

Sony Tape Shortage Sends Film, TV Industry Reeling

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The closure of the Japan-based factory that has the monopoly on production of a tape crucial to the TV and film industry has Hollywood insiders scrambling to cope with the shortage.

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The Takeaway

Japan Raises Severity Rating of Nuclear Crisis

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Japan has raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis from level five to the highest level, seven. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster is the only other time a nuclear emergency has been given a level seven. This decision reflects the total release of radiation at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which is ongoing, rather than a sudden deterioration. Reporting from Tokyo is Keith Bradsher, reporter for The New York Times. The Japanese government says that the total amount of radiation is 10 percent of what was released at Chernobyl and there's still nervousness in the country, says Bradsher.

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The Takeaway

6.6 Aftershock Hits Japan

Monday, April 11, 2011

A 6.6 magnitude aftershock hit Japan on the one month anniversary of the tsunami and quake which devastated much of the country. So far there has been no additional damage and a tsunami warning was lifted. The BBC's Roland Buerk is in Japan, where has been covering the relief efforts. He says that the people have grown weary, but they are still stoic. "The awe with which the world has seen their response to their disaster has perhaps given them more strength," he says. However, it will take a long time to rebuild.

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The Takeaway

Japan: Recovering from Aftershock

Friday, April 08, 2011

Nearly one million people in Japan are still without power this morning following a powerful aftershock that rattled the nation. the 7.1 aftershock was the strongest to hit the region since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Reporter for The New York Times, Ken Belson, is in Tokyo. He says the aftershock comes at a time when the country is trying to rebuild some of its infrastructure.

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The Takeaway

Radioactive Leak Plugged at Japan's Reactor

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant say they've stopped a the leak that was sending highly radioactive water into the ocean. However, enough radioactive material has already flowed into ocean that it's worked its way up the food chain with fish 43 miles away testing for high levels of radioactive iodine 131. Ken Belson, reporter for The New York Times has the latest from Tokyo.

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The Takeaway

Japan's Tragedy May Transform a Generation of New Workers

Friday, April 01, 2011

April 1st is the traditional "entrance day" for classes of new employees in Japan. It's a time when hundreds of thousands of recent college graduates would have just finished their first day at work, a day full of official ceremonies and welcome parties. However, as the country struggles to cope with multiple recent crises, Japan's newest workers face an uncertain future.

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The Takeaway

Fears of Radiation in Food and Ocean Concern Coastal Japanese

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The BBC's Chris Hogg reports from Japan's east coast, where fears of radiation have entered the local psyche. He talks to residents who depend on fish and seaweed to eat and asks what they will do if radiation poisons their food. "What can we do?" they respond.

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The Takeaway

After the Quake: Aftershocks

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We’ve heard the reports and told the stories of Japan, how it’s facing its worst crisis since World War II, about a death toll in the tens of thousands, the massive destruction of entire cities, and continuing threats of nuclear meltdown. Now, here’s more terrifying news: The threat of earthquakes hasn’t gone away — it has increased. Thomas Jordan is the Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. And his work shows that Japan is under an increased threat for aftershocks. He appears in a new NOVA special "Japan's Killer Quake," which premiers tonight on PBS. Collum Macrae is one of the producers of the documentary.

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The Takeaway

Will We Ever Stop Using Unsafe Energy?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tokyo's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is said to be registering at 100-thousand times the normal level of radiation following the Sendai earthquake three weeks ago. Is the breach at Fukushima further proof that, in our search for energy independence, nuclear power may just be an uncontrollable gambit? Or is there a safer means to extract the power of the atom? Does fail-safe technology really exist?

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Features

Fashion and Art for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

Monday, March 28, 2011

From well-known designers including Tory Birch and Anna Sui, to thousands of lesser-known artists at Web sites like cafepress.com, New Yorkers are creating products and donating portions of the profits to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.

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WQXR Features

Classical Musicians Open Pockets, but Cancel Performances, for Japan

Friday, March 25, 2011

As relief efforts for Japan continue, the classical music world has rallied to organize concerts and events in support of the disaster-rattled country. Here in New York, the Japan Society has shored up $2.1 million dollars to date.

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The Takeaway

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Two Weeks Later

Friday, March 25, 2011

It’s been two weeks since the earthquake and tsunami hit Northeastern Japan. Ever since that day, Japanese officials have been working tirelessly to avert a nuclear disaster. Friday morning, Japanese nuclear safety officials said that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have breached. That raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination to the environment. Henry Fountain, Science Reporter for The New York Times explains the latest.

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The Takeaway

What Kind of Aid Does Japan Really Need?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More than 600 nonprofits have offered relief goods and materials to the people of Japan since the earthquake and tsunami. But with the exception of twelve countries with specialized search and rescue teams and a handful of international aid organizations, the Japanese government is politely turning them down. The Japanese Red Cross Society has yet to appeal for funds. Still, just like after every major natural disaster, dozens if not hundreds of new nonprofits have been registered. In the case of a major world economy like Japan, where and how does it make sense to give? 

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The Takeaway

US Auto Industry Feels Effects of Japan Quake

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Japan’s Sendai earthquake disrupted work in that country, shutting down factories, which supply parts to the United States. Thanks to hi-tech supply chain issues, car parts are missing and U.S. factories are beginning to shut down. Last week, General Motors stopped production at its Shreveport Louisiana production facility. This week, the Detroit based car company laid off 59 of its 623 full time employees at its Tonawanda New York production facility — before ultimately halting all production. All of these shutdowns were due to shortages of parts that are produced in Japan.

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The Takeaway

The Hidden Effects of Japan's Tsunami and Quake

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The threat of nuclear disaster, the stories of missing loved ones, and the struggle to get relief to those stranded are all part of Japan's post-quake reality. As the country begins to recover, food supplies are threatened and questions loom over long term health effects of radiation in and around Fukushima prefecture. And now, the economic effects of the disaster are beginning to hit Tokyo and other parts of the country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Japanese Economy

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Greg Ip, of the Economist magazine, and David Weinstein, Associate Director of Research at the Center of Japanese Economy and Business, part of the Columbia Business School, look at what happens when the world’s third largest economy grinds to a halt.

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