Monday, May 9, 2011

With no car, road to recovery rough / Aged and ill robbed of mobility; workers face grueling commutes by bicycle (by Yomiuri Shimbun)

A mechanic checks a vehicle in a used car lot in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 30.

Evacuees longing for hot meals (by Yomiuri Shimbun)

SENDAI--Nearly two months after the March 11 disaster, many evacuees are growing frustrated with the constant menu of cold meals, with some suffering health problems due to the bland diet.

Osaka day laborer duped into reactor cleanup (by Japan Times)

OSAKA — An Osaka day laborer who responded to an ad for a truck driver in Miyagi Prefecture found himself working beside the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, it was learned Monday.

Workers measure large radiation drop after replacing surface soil with deeper dirt (by Mainichi Shimbun)

A worker from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency measures radiation levels in a sandbox at the Fukushima University-affiliated kindergarten in Fukushima on May 8, 2011. (Mainichi)

Japan Nuclear Plant in Quake Zone to Close as Precaution (by NYT)

The Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant of Chubu Electric, in central Japan, on May 7.

Quake-hit city suspends food rationing over lack of fairness fears (by Mainichi Shimbun)

About 500 to 600 people wait in line to receive rations in front of JR Watanoha station in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on May 3, 2011. (Mainichi)

Japan Reaffirms Nuclear Energy Use (by NYT)

The view on Sunday from an observation deck at the Hamaoka nuclear plant, which the government wants to shut down until protections can be built.

Man made to work at Fukushima plant for 2 weeks without prior knowledge (by Mainichi Shimbun)

People in radiation protect suits walk in J-Village in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan Tuesday, April 12, 2011. J-Village was a sports complex which has been converted to a base for workers at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)