Regions / Japan
In towns and cities all over Japan farewell gatherings were being held, as "returnees" to North Korea packed their bags and boarded trains that would take them to the port of Niigata where, after various formalities including a "confirmation of free will" by the International Committee of the Red Cross, they would board Russian ships for the voyage to Cheongjin in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Japan is still digging its way out of the earthquake and tsunami that hit in March. Here's a way to help.
For the student of contemporary Japan, these are sad times...because of the growing sense that Japan lacks a truly responsible democratic government to address these issues, and because its people deserve better.
It seems to be deja vu with Tepco and Fukushima -- like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day."
Not only has Tepco failed to turn the corner on wrestling Fukushima into submission, no insurance company will reimburse it for the costs.
As with methyl-mercury a half century ago, Japan is once again threatened by a new persistent toxin accumulating in its food and water.
Both American and Japanese officials typically leave the government for cushy jobs in the nuclear-energy industry.
Tepco's reluctance to vent any radiation led to an explosion at Fukushima.
A State Department official resigned after describing Okinawans as "extortionists" and "lazy." Here's the story behind the story.
As Japan's government gets set to expand a nuclear evacuation area, the mayor of a city inside the radioactive zone speaks about his fears.