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: 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.
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: 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.
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.
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Japanese Earthquake Update of the Day: Japan was rattled again today by a powerful 7.1 magnitude aftershock that struck 41 miles east of Sendai around 11:30PM local time.
The unwelcome jolt occurred less than four weeks since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake killed tens of thousands and set off a nuclear crisis that continues to be a major concern for the area and the world.
BAMF of the Day: When the 2011 Sendai earthquake struck, boat captain Susumu Sugawara found he had no choice but to steer his trusty vessel straight into the heart of the tsunami.
"I knew if I didn't save my boat, my island would be isolated and in trouble," he told CNN. "I talked to my boat and said 'you've been with me for 42 years; if we live or die, we'll be together'."
Survival Story of the Day: A dog that had been carried out to sea by the tsunami was found alive three weeks later on a floating pile of debris off the coast of Kesennuma, Miyagi.
After several rescue attempts, the Japanese Coast Guard eventually managed to rescue the strandad pup (see photo below).
Try Harder of the Day: As part of its corporate social responsibility program Croc Cares, Crocs Inc. announced that it has donated 100,000 pairs of its foam clogs to organizations distributing supplies to individuals affected by the 2011 Sendai earthquake.
Dear God, will their suffering never cease?!
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When Life Hands You Unbearable PSAs of the Day: In the aftermath of the 2011 Sendai earthquake, all domestic television commercials have been replaced by a single kawaii public service announcement from Japan's Advertising Council that airs ad nauseam.
Having had quite enough of the insult-adding placeholder, one intrepid animator took it upon him/herself to upgrade the PSA with a decidedly Japanese makeover.
Good Dog of the Day: 83-year-old Miyako resident Tami Akanuma believes her 12-year-old shih tzu Babu saved her from certain doom by intentionally leading her away from the tsunami that eventually engulfed her city.
Akanuma told Yomiuri Shimbun that Babu, who demanded they go for a walk as soon as the earthquake struck, "stubbornly headed for a nearby hill rather than taking their usual route