One Year Later of the Day

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One year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's Sendai region, Japanese news network ANN has released a video showing the clean-up and rebuilding of the coastal towns of Minamisanriku, Ishinomaki, Rikuzentakata and Miyako.

[japanprobe.]

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day

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This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: A public meeting between members of Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission and residents of Fukushima did not quite go as the government officials had hoped, with attendees demanding to know what is being done to protect residents from elevated radiation levels detected outside the government's arbitrary 20km exclusion zone, and Nuclear Safety members responding that Fukushima residents

Funny Bunny of the Day

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Funny Bunny of the Day: Japan is in a tizzy over footage alleging to show an "earless mutant rabbit" born just outside the Fukushima Daiichi "exclusion zone."

Many are apparently concerned that the bunny's deformity is indicative of mutations to come.

Nuclear animals in Japan? There is no scenario in which this ends well.

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BAMFs of the Day

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BAMFs of the Day: Over 200 retired Japanese professionals -- dubbed the Skilled Veterans Corps -- have volunteered to help bring stability to the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The volunteers -- all over 60 years old -- are lobbying the government to be allowed to replace some of the younger employees at the power station. "I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live,

Family Reunion of the Day

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Family Reunion of the Day: Umenosuke's owners were forced to leave him behind when they fled the town of Okuma, located within the Fukushima Daiichi evacuation zone.

What was supposed to be a short time apart turned into several weeks, until, finally, Umenosuke was rescued by a local government employee. The dog's photos were uploaded to the web where they were spotted by his family, who rushed to pick him up.

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Makeshift Convenience of the Day

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Makeshift Convenience of the Day
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Makeshift Convenience of the Day: With a few plastic crates, some cardboard, a small table, and the assistance of friends and family, 7-Eleven store owner Takashi Watanabe was able to re-open for business in the heart of hard-hit Miyagi prefecture two months after his establishment was destroyed by the earthquake and washed away by the subsequent tsunami.

[asahi [jp] /

Scariest Tsunami Footage Ever of the Day

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Scariest Tsunami Footage Ever of the Day: Just when you think you've seen the scariest tsunami footage ever, along comes the scariest tsunami footage ever: Villagers in Iwaki City flee on foot from an oncoming tidal wave of cars and buses.

[producermatthew / hypervocal.]