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Nuclear crisis stopped time in Japan

The problems at Japan's Fukushima-1 nuclear plant have had an unexpected impact on the country's ability to keep time: a transmitter that sends the national time signal to many thousands of clocks and watches has been forced offline making the timepi...

Inside a Japanese nuclear power station

The battle to tame the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has filled television screens for the last few days. The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit on March 11 and subsequent cooling problems caused a nuclear accident that likely m...

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.

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