Global Journalist
12:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Fukushima: three years later

A photo taken from Yomiuri Shimbun's jetliner shows a construction of frozen underground soil walls work starting at the reactor No. 1 (R) of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO) in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture on June 2, 2014. Japanese government and TEPCO created the walls to prevent a contaminated undergroundwater from entering the buildings and facilities at the plant.
Credit The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images

In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated the eastern coast of Japan. Thousands of people were killed, and scores more were displaced as a result of the natural disaster. The earthquake and resulting tsunami caused the meltdown of a nuclear power station located in Fukushima Prefecture. Radioactive material leaked into the Pacific Ocean, and the area surrounding the plant became irradiated. This led to the development of an exclusion zone around the plant, and the evacuation of cities near the stricken nuclear site.

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4:50 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Columbia commemorates 25th anniversary with Japanese city

Delegates from Hakusan City prepare to cut the ribbon on a new exhibit displaying photos and gifts sent from Hakusan City on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. The gifts are given in a formal exchange between Columbia and Hakusan City with each delegation visit.
Credit Elizabeth Tontz / KBIA

Columbia shares connections with many international cities, including its sister city of Hakusan City in Japan.

City officials welcomed delegates this week from Columbia’s sister city Hakusan City in Japan. The visit commemorated the 25th anniversary of the relationship between the two cities. City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and Chairman Fukuda Hiroshi each gave a speech renewing the commitment between the two cities and exchanged gifts from each locality.

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12:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Now That Beef With Japan Is Over, Missouri's Economy Stands To Gain

Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:45 am

Japan's decision to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports will provide a boost to the American meat industry, but tight supplies may limit how much exports can grow this year.

Beef producers hope to restore Japanese sales to where they were before the first case of mad cow disease was found in the United States in 2003.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill commended Japan’s decision to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying it will be a boost for Missouri's economy.

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Global Journalist
6:10 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Tensions flare up between China and Japan over disputed islands

This June 2011 file photo shows Uotsuri Island, one of the islands of Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, in the East China Sea.
AP Photo/Kyodo News

There’s a new twist to an epic territorial dispute between Japan and China.

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Global Journalist
6:03 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Japan: One year after the devastation


Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit coastal Japan. 

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