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Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

'World's most dangerous' nuclear power plant is closed down

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has stunned Japan's power industry by asking for the closure of the country's most controversial atomic plant, eight weeks after a huge earthquake and tsunami triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

Japan to halt three nuclear reactors

Japan urged a power company to suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plant while safety measures are taken to ensure damage from a major earthquake or tsunami does not cause a second nuclear accident.

Engineers enter Fukushima reactor for first time

Engineers entered one of the damaged reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant yesterday for the first time since it was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami two months ago.

Video: Workers enter crippled Japan nuclear reactor

Workers have entered the No.1 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant for the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Workers re-enter Fukushima nuclear power plant

Workers entered one of the damaged reactor buildings at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant for the first time since it was rocked by an explosion in the days after a devastating earthquake, the country's nuclear safety agency said.

Buddhist service for Japan's tsunami dead

Buddhist priests burned incense and chanted yesterday for Japan's tsunami victims, marking the 49th day since the disaster and closing the period when the dead were believed to be wandering restlessly through destroyed home towns.

Puma delivers record sales

Puma, the sporting footwear company, has sprinted to its "best ever" first-quarter results and even grew sales in Japan, despite the tsunami disaster. The brand, which is owned by the French luxury group PPR, grew its sales by 9.3 per cent to €773m (£686m). This helped its operating profits edge up to €111m.

Huge search begins for tsunami victims

Japanese troops have launched the biggest search yet for bodies still missing from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which has left huge swathes of the country’s coastal communities in ruins.

Mass land-and-sea search to recover bodies still missing from tsunami

Japan will send nearly 25,000 soldiers backed by boats and aircraft into its disaster zone today on an intensive land-and-sea mission to recover the bodies of those killed by last month's earthquake and tsunami.

Japan recovery slowed by search for mementos

Sakuji Funayama watched intently as a giant steel claw tore chunks off the remains of his two-story home, ripped open like a dollhouse by last month's tsunami and washed up onto a pile of debris. Suddenly, he spied something, waved his arms and pointed.

Warnings of nuclear disaster not heeded, claims former governor

The former governor of Fukushima province has spoken of his frustration at the failure of the Japanese authorities to heed his warnings over the safety of the power plant that was stricken by the country's recent earthquake.

Japan's tsunami victims mostly pensioners

Two-thirds of the victims identified in last month's tsunami in Japan were elderly and most of them drowned, police said.

Fukushima evacuees not allowed home

Japan's government is preparing to declare the 20km (12-mile) irradiated zone around the Fukushima power plant off-limits, effectively banning evacuees from returning home. The move would give the police power to force anyone in the zone to leave and punish violators.

Steve Connor: Contamination of water is the big headache for Tepco

Analysis: Pumping in fresh water has led to further build-ups of contaminated water

Clinton pledges support for Japan

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today promised solidarity and support for Japan as it recovers from a devastating earthquake and tsunami and copes with a nuclear crisis.

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