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  • Japanese markets are behaving consistent with recent post-disaster pattern: a lower stock market, lower government bond yields and a mixed outcome for the currency. 

  • Scenes From the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service. The quake created a 10-meter Tsunami that washed away houses, cars and boats. Here are scenes from the devastation.

    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service.

  • Homes in flame after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi

    According to the Fannie Mae 30-Yr MBS, mortgage rates are lower by about 5 basis points, thanks to the rally in US Treasurys which produced a drop in yields.

  • Yen Outlook Dims as Scope of Japan's Disaster Expands Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 12:10 PM ET

    As damage estimates rise in Japan, investors are reassessing their initial bullish views on the yen.  

  • Farrell: How Does a Nuclear Plant Melt Down? Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 11:09 AM ET
    A person who is believed to be have been contaminated with radiation, wrapped with a blanket, is carried to ambulance at a radiation treatment centre in Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima prefecture.

    The key technology in a nuclear reactor is the control rods. Think of these as the fingers in the dike. They control the amount of neutrons (nuclear fuel generates neutrons) that is allowed to heat the water (steam) which then generates electricity. The control rods slide in and out of the fuel mass to regulate neutron emission.

  • Japan Is Still a Long-Term Buying Opportunity: Pro Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 10:31 AM ET

    Japan’s economy will overcome the aftermath of the earthquake and will rebound longer-term, said Steven Bernsetein, CEO of Oppenheimer Investments Asia.

  • Damaged houses, cars and debris after the earthquake

    The toll in human misery wrought by the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan test the imagination of economists but the effects on Japan’s GDP and wealth are a different matter.

  • Prius Production Delays Could Curb Toyota's Rebound Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 9:40 AM ET

    Amid all the bad news coming out of Japan and the earthquake/tsunami devastation, it's the impact on Toyota's Prius production that is very intriguing.

  • Pedestrians cross the street using the Shibuya crossing in Shibuya on May 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya is not only a busy business district but also known for it's vibrant nightlife and fashion.

    While the world has fallen out of love with the Japanese economy in recent years it remains an economic powerhouse and important to the global economy, Sean Corrigan, chief investment strategist at Diapason Commodities Management, said Monday.

  • Smoke billows from fires raging at the port in Tagajo, Miyagi

    Japan's Nikkei average tumbled over 5 percent at one point on Monday as investors shifted to safer assets following after Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami, with the long-term impact uncertain as nuclear disaster looms.

  • Five Things We're Watching: March 14, 2011 Sunday, 13 Mar 2011 | 7:41 PM ET
    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members continue rescue

    Japan faces earthquake aftermath and nuclear emergency, Gaddafi wins gains against rebels, and the Rajaratnam trial continues. 

  • Rescue workers check the remains of a tsunami devestated house

    Japanese investment bank Nomura is predicting the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday will hit Japanese growth in the second quarter and predicts reconstruction efforts will not boost growth as much as some are predicting in the second half of 2011.

  • Fukushima Dai Ni Nuclear Power plant

    The unfolding crisis at the two reactors, both at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, feeds into a resurgence of doubts about nuclear energy’s safety — even as it has gained credence as a source of clean energy, the New York Times reports.

  • Japan Says Partial Meltdown Likely at Second Reactor Saturday, 12 Mar 2011 | 11:31 PM ET
    An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011. Japan scrambled to prevent nuclear accidents at two atomic plants where reactor cooling systems failed after a massive earthquake, as it evacuated tens of thousands of residents.

    A partial meltdown was likely under way at a second nuclear reactor, a top Japanese official said Sunday, as authorities frantically tried to prevent a similar threat from nearby unit following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

  • Danger Posed by Radioactivity in Japan Hard to Assess Saturday, 12 Mar 2011 | 7:39 PM ET
    An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011. Japan scrambled to prevent nuclear accidents at two atomic plants where reactor cooling systems failed after a massive earthquake, as it evacuated tens of thousands of residents.

    The central problem in assessing the degree of danger is that the amounts of various radioactive releases into the environment are now unknown, the New York Times reports.

  • Tsunami Surge Deals Blow to Struggling Calif. Town Saturday, 12 Mar 2011 | 7:04 PM ET
    Fishing boats crash into one another as tsunami surges from Japan earthquake slam into the harbor, Crescent City, California.

    Fishermen who had escaped to sea before the tsunami hit this struggling coastal town landed small loads of crab on Saturday, while crews surveyed damage and a family combed the beach for any sign of a man who was swept away a day ago as he photographed the waves.

  • Japan Quake's Financial Impact: Five Things to Watch Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    While commodity and currency markets took the biggest immediate hit from Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the damage will be felt throughout the world's economy and the US.