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Radioactive Fish Found off Japan

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Download Fishing co-operatives south of the Fukushima plant have banned the catches of one species of fish after radioactive cesium was found in a catch for the first time.

Cesium has a half life of 30 years and can accumulate on the ocean floor.

While authorities are calling for calm, consumers of seafood in Japan aren't so sure.

Mark Willacy of Radio Australia reports.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 April 2011 10:21 )

Spartan Conditons for Japan's Brave Nuclear Workers

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Download A Japanese nuclear official who spent five days inside the Fukushima nuclear plant has spoken to the media, describing the tough working and living conditions inside the crippled nuclear facility.

Kazuma Yokota says all the workers slept in the one room, eating just two Spartan meals a day.

So far 19 workers have been exposed to higher than acceptable radiation levels.

Mark Willacy of Radio Australia reports.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2011 11:43 )

Japan’s Post Earthquake-tsunami Suffering

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Download The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan now stands at more than 5,500 with close to 10,000 people still missing.

The cold weather, snow and limited food and water is making life awful for the estimated half-a-million people in evacuation centres.

Japan's Myagi prefecture is at the epicentre of the nation's post earthquake-tsunami suffering.

ABC correspondent Stephen McDonell is in Myagi prefecture and he filed this report via satellite phone.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 14:23 )

A Tuna Fish Sells for Nearly 400,000 USD in Japan

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Download A bluefin tuna caught off northern Japan has been snapped up at auction for a record 396,000 US dollars or 42 US dollars for every slice of sashimi.

But while some people rub their hands at the prospect of huge prices for tuna, others warn that it's a sign that tuna stocks are crashing.

Mark Willacy, North Asia correspondent for Radio Australia reports.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 January 2011 13:49 )

Divorce Ceremonies Take off in Japan

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Download Divorce ceremonies take off in Japan.

With a sky-rocketing divorce rate, the Japanese have come up with a unique solution to the delicate issue of ending a marriage.

Canny entrepreneurs are now conducting 'divorce ceremonies', allowing couples to formally end their time together in front of family and friends.

From toasts to never seeing each other again to smashing rings, the ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular.

Mark Willacy of Radio Australia has the story.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 November 2010 11:21 )
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