A year on from the Japanese earthquake
One year after a catastrophic 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami, Japan has not forgotten the devastated mess the south-east area was left in.
The hunt for the missing continues a year later, while sadness persists for the living.
The tsunami swallowed up entire communities, and while the rebuild continues, it's not the threat from the natural disaster that lingers in the back on people's minds.
The unknown is far worse - the triple reactor meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant has been labelled worse than the 1986 Chernobyl accident.
Consequences for Japan are looking macabre. The government has steadily worsened its prognosis of the disaster.As Japan mourns a year after the earthquake and tsunami, it becomes all the more important to look to the future and for the foot-dragging and paper-pushing to stop.
SYDNEY (AFP) - A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck 255 kilometres (158 miles) southwest of Tonga on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey, but there were no reports of damage.May 24, 2013, 9:47 am
A magnitude 7.4 quake which struck 285km off the Tongan coast sparked off some false alerts of earthquakes off the East Coast.May 24, 2013, 5:29 am
Doctor Tom Mulholland, familiar to viewers of TV1's Good Morning Show and The Attitude Doctor which screened on TV2, is heading to this years Celebrity Oyster Eating race at the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival with revenge on his mind. Dr Tom participated in the Oyster Eating races at the Festival several years ago and has some unfinished business. "I was winning everything until the finals. When I tried to whistle (a requirement to ensure competitors have devoured their succulent Bluff Oysters) I sprayed a television camera," he laughs. He returns to this years Festival, scheduled for Saturday 25 May, ready to complete the task this time.May 23, 2013, 7:17 pm
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that one reactor was sitting directly above an active tectonic fault, effectively ruling out a restart forever.May 23, 2013, 2:57 am
TOKYO (AFP) - A record 923,000 foreigners travelled to Japan in April, up 18.May 23, 2013, 2:46 am
LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani politician Imran Khan left hospital Wednesday, two weeks after breaking bones in his back in a fall at a rally for the country's general election, where his party scored a major breakthrough.May 23, 2013, 12:28 am
TOKYO (AFP) - Farmers have resumed planting rice for market only 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, a local official said Wednesday.May 22, 2013, 10:28 pm
By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Few foreign activist investors have made much headway in forcing change in Japan, where a conservative corporate culture favours long-standing ties with b...May 22, 2013, 7:34 pm
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Wednesday posted its worst April trade deficit as a weak yen ramped up import costs and helped extend the run of monthly shortfalls to the longest in more than three decades.May 22, 2013, 12:26 pm
By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's exports rose less than expected in April from a year earlier due to weak demand from Europe and China, highlighting the challenges confron...May 22, 2013, 10:53 am
By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Few foreign activist investors have made much headway in forcing change in Japan, where a conservative corporate culture favors long-standing ties with ba...May 22, 2013, 7:12 am
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Hideki Matsuyama has bided his time since becoming an amateur sensation, but the newly professional 21-year-old says he is now ready to take on the US PGA Tour and work towards a major title.May 21, 2013, 3:59 pm
By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's exports are expected to have risen in April from a year earlier for a second straight month led by U.S.-bound shipments of cars and Asian ...May 21, 2013, 12:45 pm
Social media giant Facebook and the Automobile Association’s Roadwatch website are two of the latest tools to be adopted by Northland’s Civil Defence officials to help provide information during winter storm events and other emergencies.May 21, 2013, 11:39 am
TOKYO (AFP) - US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs said Monday it will start investing in Japanese renewable energy projects, with a reported $2.9 billion outlay over the next five years.May 21, 2013, 12:46 am
SANTIAGO (AFP) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, with no immediate tsunami warning issued or reports of casualties or significant damage.May 20, 2013, 9:06 pm
TAIPEI (AFP) - Thousands of Taiwanese marched through the capital Taipei on Sunday urging the government to halt construction of a nearly completed nuclear power plant, citing the Japanese atomic crisis.May 20, 2013, 12:07 am
In the halcyon days of the late 1950s, down at Scarborough beach where the surf limped in like rolling hills of some undiscovered country, Len Dibben caught his first wave.May 19, 2013, 1:14 pm
GENEVA (AFP) - Hope and human resilience are the guiding themes of the new permanent exhibit at Geneva's International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, which will finally re-open its doors this week after a nearly two-year makeover.May 16, 2013, 4:05 pm
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