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Radiation from Japan Disaster Found Along California Coast

Radiation from Japan Disaster Found Along California Coast

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — Kelp along the California coast was found to be contaminated with radioactive material from a nuclear plant damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, according to a recent study.Researc…

Another Toy Poodle Joins Japanese Police Ranks

Another Toy Poodle Joins Japanese Police Ranks

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(KYOTO, Japan) — Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture have enlisted a four-year-old toy poodle to join its crime-fighting ranks, joining a growing number of Japanese police departments that are taking on miniature cani…

North Korea Readies for Controversial Rocket Launch

North Korea Readies for Controversial Rocket Launch

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — North Korea has moved a long-range rocket into place for a controversial launch later this month, the BBC reports. Pyongyang said the rocket will put a satellite into orbit, but opponents believe the na…

US Coast Guard Sinks Japanese Ghost Ship

US Coast Guard Sinks Japanese Ghost Ship

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — The U.S. Coast Guard fired its guns on a derelict Japanese fishing boat Thursday, sinking it to the bottom of the ocean after a Canadian ship decided it wasn’t worth towing for salvage.Th…

More Radioactive Water Spotted Leaking from Japan’s Fukushima Plant

More Radioactive Water Spotted Leaking from Japan’s Fukushima Plant

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Radioactive water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has leaked into the Pacific, yet again.Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says workers spotted water spilling out of a broken …

Owner of Japanese Boat that Drifted to Canada Doesn’t Want It Back

Owner of Japanese Boat that Drifted to Canada Doesn’t Want It Back

Sankei via Getty Images(TOKYO) — The owner of an empty Japanese fishing boat that drifted across the Pacific after being washed away by the powerful tsunami last year, says he does not want the boat back, according to a Japanese Coast Guard official.T…

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan’s Tsunami-Ravaged Coast

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan’s Tsunami-Ravaged Coast

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Another powerful earthquake struck Japan’s tsunami-ravaged coast Tuesday — the shaking so strong, it nearly caused one U.S. athlete to faint. The magnitude 6.0 quake hit Tuesday just around dinner time in the sam…

Tsunami-Ravaged Japanese Fishing Vessel Spotted Near Vancouver

Tsunami-Ravaged Japanese Fishing Vessel Spotted Near Vancouver

Sankei via Getty Images(VANCOUVER) — Just over a year ago, a fishing boat was going about its business near Hokkaido, Japan, when an unimaginable disaster struck — a giant earthquake followed by a horrific tsunami.This past weekend, that same boat, n…

GPS Disaster: Japanese Tourists Drive Straight into the Pacific

GPS Disaster: Japanese Tourists Drive Straight into the Pacific

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Three Japanese tourists in Australia found themselves in an embarrassing situation after their GPS navigation system lured them down the wrong path. Three students from Tokyo set out to drive to North Stradbroke Island …

6.8 Magnitude Quake in Japan Prompts Tsunami Advisories

6.8 Magnitude Quake in Japan Prompts Tsunami Advisories

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit northeast Japan on Wednesday, triggering the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue a wide-scale tsunami advisory for the same area that was devastated by last year’s 9.0 quake and tsu…

Japan Stands Still to Mark Earthquake, Tsunami a Year Later

Japan Stands Still to Mark Earthquake, Tsunami a Year Later

Chris McGrath/Getty Images(TOKYO) — A moment of silence on Sunday marked one year since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami battered Japan’s northeast coast, and triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.Sirens blared across Japan a…

Iconic Japanese Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai Mourns Stricken City That ‘Will Never Be the Same’

Iconic Japanese Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai Mourns Stricken City That ‘Will Never Be the Same’

Sankei/Getty Images(MINAMISOMA, Japan) — A desperate plea for help put Katsunobu Sakurai on the digital map. Weeks after a powerful earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daichi Power Plant last March, Sakurai sat in an empty conf…

5.5 Quake Hits Japan Days Before Disaster Anniversary

5.5 Quake Hits Japan Days Before Disaster Anniversary

Jason Reed/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — A magnitude 5.5 quake struck Ibaraki, Japan early Saturday morning, just days before the country marks the one year anniversary of the March 11 disasters.No tsunami warning was issued, and there were no immediate reports…

Japan Rocked by Nearly 10,000 Tremors in Quake Aftermath

Japan Rocked by Nearly 10,000 Tremors in Quake Aftermath

Sankei via Getty Images(TOKYO) — As Japan readies to remember the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck the country exactly a year ago from Sunday, more details are surfacing as to just how active the Earth has been since then.The…

Japan Tsunami Debris to Reach Hawaii, North America

Japan Tsunami Debris to Reach Hawaii, North America

This false color image of Sendai, Japan was captured by the Landsat 7 ETM+ bands 4,3, and 2 on March 12, 2011 and shows inland areas inundated by water from the tsunami, smoke from fires burning, and clouds of debris in the water. USGS/NASA, Mike Taylo…

US, Japanese Officials Meet to Discuss Future of Marine Base

US, Japanese Officials Meet to Discuss Future of Marine Base

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is greeted by US military staff upon his arrival at the Futenma US air base at Ginowan. STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Senior American and Japanese officials are in talks once again to decide the future of a contr…

‘Lonely’ Starvation Deaths Prompt Soul-Searching in Japan

‘Lonely’ Starvation Deaths Prompt Soul-Searching in Japan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Japanese police say the family of three – a couple in their 60s and a son in his 30s — likely starved to death in their own apartment in Saitama Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo, and it took more than a month to…

In Japan, Teenage Boy Stabs Mom over Video Game

In Japan, Teenage Boy Stabs Mom over Video Game

Hemera/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — A teenage boy was arrested Sunday in the Japanese city of Ichinomiya after he allegedly stabbed his mother when she tried to confiscate a video game he bought without her consent.The Mainichi Daily News reports the 14-year-o…

Japan Concerned by Rate of Underweight Female Population

Japan Concerned by Rate of Underweight Female Population

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Americans may be battling the bulge, but the Japanese are struggling to expand their waistlines.The Health Ministry said the number of young, skinny women has risen to troubling levels.  A record 29 percent of…

Fake Rhino On the Attack at Tokyo Zoo

Fake Rhino On the Attack at Tokyo Zoo

plusphoto/a.collectionRF (TOKYO) — If a rhino ever escapes its enclosure at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, staffers will be ready. Such was the purpose of an emergency drill Wednesday in which two employees dressed up in a rhino prop and pretended to run ramp…

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