A nation already gloomy over its future, Japan must tap the unity of its people after the earthquake and tsunami to make necessary changes in politics and the economy.
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.
Nations are responding to the devastation in Japan, sending aid workers, rescue equipment, and humanitarian supplies. Individuals can help too by donating to legitimate charities.
Japanese officials said the blast destroyed the building but that the reactor housing was still intact.
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.
8.9 earthquake: There have been no reports of radiation leaks from any of Japan's nuclear plants in the wake of the devastating earthquake. But two reactors are in danger of core melt, say experts.
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.
Flames rise from houses and debris half submerged by a tsunami in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11.
Stock market news is downbeat as traders, investors worldwide worry about rising oil prices, slowing growth.
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.