Okinawa is about as far away as one can get from Fukushima without leaving Japan, and that is why Minaho Kubota is here.
Japan’s response to the nuclear crisis that followed the March 11 tsunami was confused and riddled with problems, including erroneous assumptions.
The US sent its first representative to the annual memorial for the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, which killed almost 80 000 people.
Japanese nuclear regulators trusted that the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi were safe from the waves based on a single-page memo.
Workers forced to leave their homes and jobs because of radiation fears are demanding compensation from Japan’s tsunami-flooded nuclear plant.
Toyota remains Japan’s number one global brand, but its value has fallen because of the recent massive recalls, according to a report.
Toyota is considering a recall of its hot-selling Corolla subcompact after complaints about power steering problems.
A Toyota executive said the damage to the company’s sales from its global recall for a accelerator pedal problem may be greater than previous recalls.
Japan began offering money on Wednesday for unemployed foreigners to go home to stave off what officials said posed a serious unemployment problem.
Sales are improving in Japan for Sony’s PlayStation Portable, and a beefed-up version with a clearer display is expected to add momentum.