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KYODO NEWS VIA AP / MARCH 11
                                <strong>Honoring victims</strong>: A man prayed at the shore in Iwaki earlier this month to remember victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated large swaths of Japan’s northern coast, leaving more than 19,000 dead or missing.The disaster triggered a meltdown at a Fukushima nuclear power plant, contaminating large areas and dislocating residents.
Photo: Honoring victims

A man prayed at the shore in Iwaki earlier this month to remember victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated large swaths of Japan’s northern coast, leaving more than 19,000 dead or missing. Read more

PHOTO: AUDIENCE OF NONE: A player stretches where spectators’ stands are empty prior to a preseason baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Japan’s professional baseball league said Thursday it will play its 72 remaining preseason games in empty stadiums because of the threat of the spreading coronavirus.
Photo: Audience of none

A player stretches where spectators’ stands are empty prior to a preseason baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                A woman is dressed in a Kiiro kimono gown.
Updated kimono designs cater to modern fashion

As the domestic kimono industry shrinks, a few contemporary designers have taken a fresh look at the traditional Japanese garb, introducing innovative designs that merge with Western-style dressing. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                In this Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a worker in a hazmat suit carries a hose while working at a water treatment facility at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Debate continues over safety of nuclear plant’s wastewater

OKUMA, Japan >> Inside a giant decontamination facility at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, workers in hazmat suits monitor radioactive water pumped from three damaged reactors, making sure it’s adequately — though not completely — treated. Read more

Restrictions lifted on Fukushima fish

Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters on Feb. 25 lifted the last shipment restriction on fish species caught off Fukushima Prefecture, resulting in all 44 species becoming available for consumers for the first time since the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011. Read more

Coronavirus highlights need for CDC in Japan

The rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout Japan, together with what some see as government mishandling of quarantine measures on the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship, are reigniting calls for Japan to establish an independent decision-making body similar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                <strong>EARLY </strong><strong>BLOOMERS</strong>: Kawazu-zakura cherry trees, which are known to bloom early during cherry blossom season, are nearing their peak in the city of Kawazu, located on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, south of Tokyo. Tourists enjoy viewing the thousands of cherry trees with deep pink blossoms that grow along the Kawazu River. This year, due to the warm winter, the trees began blooming about a week earlier than usual.
Photo: Early Bloomers

Kawazu-zakura cherry trees, which are known to bloom early during cherry blossom season, are nearing their peak in the city of Kawazu, located on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, south of Tokyo. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Two people wear masks as they visit the newly opened Japan Olympic Museum located near the New National Stadium, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Tokyo.
Games will go on despite virus threat, officials assert

Tokyo Olympic organizers and the Japanese government went on the offensive Wednesday after a senior IOC member said the 2020 Games were being threatened by the spread of a viral outbreak, with their fate probably decided in the next three months. Read more

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