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Japan lifts ban on beef following radiation scare

TOKYO — Japan on Thursday lifted bans on beef from disaster-hit regions, a month after imposing restrictions over fears thousands of cattle had been contaminated in the Fukushima nuclear accident. Bans on beef from Iwate, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures were lifted after effective safety measures protecting livestock from contamination had…

Northern Japan hit by 6.5 magnitude quake, no reported damage

TOKYO (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted northern Japan on Monday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning that was later lifted. There were no reports of damage. Japanese broadcasterNHK said a 50-cm tsunami wave had been expected to reach the shores of Miyagi prefecture, hit hard by the March 11 earthquake…

20,000 dead, missing in Japan crisis

KITAKAMI, Japan (AFP) – Crews fighting to cool reactors at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant struggled Sunday to switch partial power back on after a natural disaster that has left more than 20,000 people dead or missing. The discovery of radiation in foodstuffs in regions around the plant, and of traces…

Japanese emperor addresses nation

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Japan’s emperor gave a rare address to a jittery nation on Wednesday as a nuclear emergency deepened and millions struggled in desperate conditions after last week’s quake and tsunami disaster. The television appearance by Emperor Akihito emphasised the gravity of the crisis gripping Japan after the…

Japan scrambles as reactor container ‘damaged’

SENDAI, Japan – The container around an overheating nuclear reactor appears to be damaged, Japan’s government said Tuesday, raising the chance that dangerous radiation could leak from the quake-hit plant. The announcement came as engineers scrambled to keep the temperature of three reactors under control after they were hit by…

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