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FUKUSHIMA/TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) - With waves, smiles and streamers, but no cheers, the Olympic torch relay kicked off on Thursday, beginning a four-month countdown to the postponed 2020 summer Games in Tokyo, the first ever organised during a deadly pandemic.
RIKUZENTAKATA (Japan): When the tide finally receded, the world had changed after the 2011 tsunami. Trucks and houses had been swept aside like children’s toys, leaving the living to comb through a wasteland of mud and debris for their dead. Ten years on, the living are still searching, their grief never subsiding.
GENEVA (Reuters) - There has been a dramatic increase in extreme weather events in the past 20 years, which are taking a heavy human and economic toll worldwide and are on track to expand further, and Asia has been hardest-hit, the United Nations said on Monday.
One lucky baseball fan was taken inside the otherwise empty Tokyo Dome for Yomiuri Giants' win on June 23 via a monitor mounted on a robot she controlled from home.
FUTABA, Japan (Reuters) - Dressed in protective plastic coveralls and white booties, Yuji Onuma stood in front of the row of derelict buildings that included his house, and sighed as he surveyed his old neighbourhood.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Eight years after nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant forced evacuation of nearby communities, Japanese authorities on Wednesday gave the first clearance for residents to return to a neighbourhood of one of the towns that hosted the stricken plant.
TOKYO: Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, officials said.
TOKYO (Reuters) - When a young Vietnamese woman found out late last year that she was pregnant after arriving in Japan on a "technical trainee" visa, she was given a stark choice: "Have an abortion or go back to Vietnam."