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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,

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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.

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Kids These Days of the Day: The online profile of 9-year-old Japanese luchador Mister Roku says his favorite food is beef jerky.

Move over, "Macho Man" Randy Savage -- Slim Jim just found itself a new mascot.

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Futuristic Fashion of the Day: New from Neurowear: Wearable cat ears that react to human brainwaves, perking up and wiggling around in tune with the wearer's current emotional state.

See them in action below at Omotesando Hills' "Smile Bazar" below:

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Pretty Evil Prank of the Day: Ah, the ol' "heart attack-inducing apparitions emerging from the walls" gag.

Works every time.

[b3ta.]

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Come Again? of the Day: On the importance of reading the sign before sticking your finger in the machine.

[sayomg.]

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Smile-Inducing Ad Spot of the Day: Japan Rail informed local residents that it will be filming an ad spot to introduce the new line connecting Kyushu to the bullet train system.

Everybody showed up.

[reddit.]

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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.]

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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.

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Anti-Zombie Fortress Footage of the Day: Redditor pezz's bro lives in Fukuoka, Japan -- home of the world famous "Anti-Zombie Fortress" (an abandoned coal mine shaft so named for its ostensible usefulness in warding off a Zack Attack) -- and last night on Skype he "

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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'."

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Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Tail-wagging galore as Japan's Miracle Dog Ban reunites with its owner after being rescued from a drifting pile of debris off the coast of Kesennuma last Friday.

[rt / towleroad.]

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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.

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