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  • Tsunami hits Japan

    Last year's triple Fukushima disaster – an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis trifecta -- claimed more than 19,000 lives and wreaked utter havoc on the affected area. But the cascading effects of the Fukushima catastrophe may prove to be even more serious and long-lasting.

  • Fukushima: One Year Later

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau takes a look at Japan's economic and emotional recovery one year since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami.

  • The Monju nuclear power plant located in Tsuruga, Fukui prefecture.

    Regional cities like Aizu-Wakamatsu could be crucial to Japan’s effort to attract foreign investment, the New York Times reports.

  • As Japan marks the first anniversary of its worst nuclear accident ever, the debate over a shift to greener energy has not concluded.

  • Alan Mullaly

    I know the Ford CEO is probably thinking, "Please don't focus on the millions in stock awards that just vested in my account."

  • Most investors can rhyme off a litany of reasons as to why to avoid Japan – high government debt, deflation and a demographic vortex just to name a few. But Japanese equities appear to be emerging as a favorite contrarian play among some experienced investors.

  • Japan on a Path to Recovery as Challenges Mount

    One year after the Fukushima disaster, Japan struggles to rebuild as economic challenges such as trade deficit, strong yen, and sluggish growth continue to mount, CNBC's Tokyo bureau chief Kaori Enjoji reports.

  • Japanese 10,000 Yen bank notes

    The tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast last year washed through Kouzo Inoue’s aluminum factory, which stands just 600m from the Pacific coastline, in Miyagi prefecture. Mr Inoue survived the disaster but was left with a flooded factory, Y130m in debts and a need to find fresh funds to restart his business, FT reports.

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    For most of the past decade the proverbial keeper of Japan’s household savings has poured money outside Japan at almost every opportunity. Since last September, however, Japanese retail investors have each month pulled cash out of investment trusts, or “Toshin”, which account for most of their exposure to overseas assets. The FT reports.

  • A boy walks in front of a huge anti-nuclear banner during a protest rally in Tokyo In February, 2012.

    Jacinthe Martin says it took her a few days to reach “panic” status last March, as Japan’s nuclear crisis deepened following its earthquake and tsunami. But the agitated news reports and frantic emails from friends finally pushed her – like many foreign residents of Tokyo – to abandon her adopted city for sanctuary overseas, FT reports.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

    Chevy's electric car, The Volt, is running on empty. With sales lagging and inventories building, GM has decided to idle production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks.

  • To hear them tell it in home renovation programs and publications, every kitchen should look like it’s starring in a cooking show or else be dismissed as sub-par—even when the existing older components are still perfectly functional. The critics are harsh. There is no room for an avocado laminate countertop.  This kitchen-shaming has proven most beneficial to contractors, to makers of granite and marble countertops, and to manufacturers of stainless steel appliances. And yet, as much as the tast

    With all the kitchen trends now, some homeowners and designers flout the conventions, go with personal taste and choose a look that no one else has. Here are 10 examples.

  • A customer looks at a display at a jewelry shop in Tokyo, Japan.

    While economic data out of Japan on Friday showed that the country was still mired in deflation, with consumer prices falling 0.1 percent year on year in January, one expert thinks there still exists pent up demand among Japanese consumers.

  • GM and Peugeot have officially agreed to an alliance Stephen Girsky, GM's Vice Chairman discusses the deal.

  • The Japanese yen, which hit a nine-month low this week, is set to record its sharpest fall in two years on Wednesday, but one currency strategist believes this weakening trend is going to reverse, forecasting dollar-yen to strengthen to 75 over the next three months.

  • The 2012 Subaru Forester

    When I asked David Champion about the quality and reliability of the latest models tested by Consumer Reports, Champion said bluntly, “They’re still reliable, but the re-designs are disappointing. Their fit, finish, steering, and handling all need work.”

  • An official in a full radiation protection suit scans an evacuated elderly woman with a geiger counter to check radiation levels in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture.

    In the darkest moments of last year’s nuclear accident, Japanese leaders did not know the actual extent of damage at the plant and secretly considered the possibility of evacuating Tokyo, an independent investigation into the accident disclosed.  The NYT reports.

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    Oil prices are on a roll, and this strategist thinks its bad news for the buck.

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    We're now at around $3.70 a gallon and some auto parts suppliers are primed to meet the demand for more fuel efficient cars and trucks with technology and products that help vehicles run more efficiently.

  • Euros at an angle

    Leading economies told Europe it must put up extra money to fight its debt crisis if it wants more help from the rest of the world, piling pressure on Germany to drop its opposition to a bigger European bailout.