[Japan after Quake] Headline Round-up : Jan.23 – 29



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[Jan. 23] Big Tokyo quake forecast by 2016.


For a country still on edge nearly a year after the giant March 11 Tohoku earthquake, Japanese scientists Monday issued a jarring forecast: Tokyo will likely face its own large temblor within the next four years.


[Jan. 24] Japan set to record first trade deficit in 31 years.


Japan is expected to record its first annual trade deficit since 1980, as economists warned that the trend could become the norm for years to come.


[Jan. 25] Salt-resistant rice to grow on tsunami-flooded land.


A joint team of British and Japanese scientists reported they found a method to develop a new type of rice that is resistant to salt, opening new possibilities for Japan’s farmers who have been affected by the tsunami flooding.


[Jan. 26] Actor Ken Watanabe sees Japan recovering from disaster on strong bonds.


“People did things. They helped each other, supported each other…This happened regardless of generation, profession, or rank. This was the culture of ‘Kizuna’, or bond, which we had in all of us,” Watanabe said.


[Jan. 27] Fukushima’s animals were left to die after earthquake, tsunami hit Japan.


According to a CNN article, the animals left behind in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which was brought on by a devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck Japan nearly a year ago, were essentially left to die.


[Jan. 28] Japan says can avoid summer power cuts even if nuclear offline.


Trade Minister Yukio Edano said there was a good chance of coping without such mandatory cuts on electricity usage even if all the reactors were shut.


[Jan. 29] Japan ‘is recovering’ from March disaster, Noda tells Davos forum.


The premier said Japan will strive to spur technological innovation in energy fields and to share lessons of the March disaster with the international community.


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