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Inside a Japanese nuclear power plant

In August 2007, IDG News Service was invited to the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station. This video provides a rare glimpse at the inside of the world's largest nuclear power plant.

A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackouts

East Japan entered its fifth day of power rationing on Friday, with no end to the planned blackouts in sight. The power shortages began last week when a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked nuclear power stations offline. The local electrical util...

Japan's Mizuho Bank struggles with system failure

Computer system problems at one of Japan's biggest banks continued on Friday, with Mizuho Bank unable to process salary payments for more than half a million people. The bank also said its Internet banking service and ATMs would be offline over Japan...

ITU sends satellite phones to Japan

The International Telecommunication Union is sending satellite phones to Japan to help rescue work and to reconnect communities cut off by last Friday's earthquake.

Japan facing major electricity supply problems, blackouts

A series of planned electricity blackouts will begin rolling through regions in most of eastern Japan on Monday. The blackouts are intended to manage a dramatic fall in power generation capacity caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the...

Major quake shakes Japan

A large earthquake shook the Japanese capital Tokyo on Friday afternoon knocking items from shelves and sending people under tables.

Stringer makes key promotions in Sony reorg

Sony will reorganize its operations and shuffle executives on April 1 in a series of moves that maintains Howard Stringer's leadership and positions two executives to potentially succeed him one day as chairman of the electronics giant.

Adidas previews interactive shopping wall

Adidas will begin deploying a futuristic digital shopping wall at select stores from next year. The Adiverse virtual footwear wall offers access to all Adidas products and can watch shoppers while they watch it.

RoboThespian sings, does impersonations

It sings, acts and even does impersonations. Just don't ask this robot to vacuum the floor. One of the stars of Cebit 2011 is RoboThespian, an entertainment robot from the U.K.

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