Japan has received offers of assistance from 14 international organizations and 102 countries (including a number of unexpected aid donors such as embattled Afghanistan and poverty-stricken Cambodia), according to the latest report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Japan has accepted help, mostly in the form of search and rescue teams, from 15 countries. Here is an overview of some of the help pouring into Japan as it struggles to dig out from Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami.
A surge of goodwill from Russia to Japan raises the possibility that a territorial dispute between the two countries left over from World War II could finally be resolved.
Japan officials told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that 'radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere' after a fire broke out in a storage pond for spent fuel at nuclear reactor damaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.
Radiation exposure: Adding to the monumental losses after a Japanese earthquake and tsunami, problems at four nuclear reactors have residents near and far concerned about radiation exposure.
Families escaping areas most affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami are happy to have a dry place to stay in Hitachi city, which is situated along the coast between Tokyo and Sendai.
Some 30,000 people have been rescued as search operations continue following Japan's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11. Amazing stories of survival and hope are still emerging. Here are just a few examples:
Nuclear power is increasingly seen as a way for Japan, and other nations including the United States, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
As one survivor of the Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami says, 'We have to rebuild. It’s the duty of those of us who are left.'
Japan's nuclear crisis is spawning concerns about 'another Chernobyl,' but a number of American and European scientists are cautiously taking the edge off the worst fears.
Stories of Japan's earthquake and natural disaster write themselves. But getting to the scene of Japan's catastrophe is another matter.
More than 200,000 people have been ordered out of an area within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where two reactors have gone into partial meltdown.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is now experiencing a partial meltdown after losing its cooling functions.
Japan has received offers from more than 70 rescue services from around the world. Crews from Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea are set to join a 150-member team on its way from the US.
Children knew as soon as their surroundings started shaking during today's Japan earthquake to don protective hoods and duck beneath their desks.
'As the shaking continued to build,' says Nicholas Roberts of the Japan earthquake, 'something much more primal was telling me to just get out of the building as soon as possible.'
At least a dozen nuclear power plants have shut down across the country and millions of buildings around Tokyo were left without power from the Japan earthquake.
Japan earthquake: A tsunami hit northeast Japan on Friday, reaching as much as three miles inland. Hundreds are believed to be dead, though the disaster appears nowhere near the scale of Indonesia's 2004 tsunami.
Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara resigned Sunday after having accepted illegal political donations. It was another blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has only 20 percent support in the polls now.
Faced with mounting pressure, Japan’s government has been forced to confront the country’s huge market in child pornography, raising hopes for a ban on possession of the material. But there's plenty of resistance.
The straight-talking Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan inspired 'Yes we Kan' T-shirts when he took office last June, but he's now in trouble. The past four prime ministers have lasted less than a year.
Japan announced it was suspending its annual whale hunt in the strongest sign yet that direct action from groups like Sea Shepherd and weak consumption of whale meat in Japan are having an impact on whaling.
It's official. On Feb. 14, China was recognized as the world's second-largest economy after the United States. Japan released its 2010 economic figures, announcing that its full-year GDP was $5.47 trillion – about 7 percent smaller than China's. But read between the lines and look beyond the top three rankings. You find that Americans are already convinced that the US has fallen behind China, that Japanese are not necessarily dismayed at the news that they've fallen to No. 3, and that other nations are showing notable economic changes.
Standard & Poor’s cut its rating on Japanese sovereign debt one notch last week, strengthening the naysayers. But with falling unemployment, large reserves, and rising corporate profits, 'Japan is punching well above its weight,' says one analyst.