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A Bomb Survivor Urges Compassion for Fukushima Victims

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Download This week, Japan marks the second anniversary of the huge earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people.

The giant wave also hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, triggering the world's worst nuclear disaster in a generation.

Two years on, more than 150 thousand of Fukushima residents still can't return to their homes.

Being stuck in limbo isn't the only challenge they face - there's also discrimination against people perceived to have been exposed to radiation.

Tetsuo Imamichi, a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, knows the sting of prejudice.

Mark Willacy from Radio Australia  reports from Hiroshima.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 March 2013 14:00 )

Reizen: Noise or Music?

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Download This will make you think twice about music.

Some might cringe; some may wonder how it’s done when they hear the music.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 March 2013 16:01 )

Singer Pitches in to Save Japan's Condemned Dogs

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Download In Japan, dogs now outnumber children under the age of six, with pet ownership soaring as the birth-rate plummets.

The pet industry in Japan is worth 10 billion US dollars a year, but it has a dark side.

100,000 dogs are abandoned and put down every year, and there's no concept of saving a pet from the pound.

Radio Australia’s Mark Willacy has more from Japan.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 December 2012 14:48 )

Japan Government, TEPCO Deny Fukushima Radiation Tainting Fish

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Download It was the largest radioactive contamination of the sea in history but Japan's government is disputing a study by a respected international research group suggesting that radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still entering the food chain.

Last month the US-based Woods Hole Institution revealed that about 40 per cent of the fish caught off Fukushima is contaminated with radioactive caesium which is above the government's own limit.

But Japan's Fisheries Agency says the contamination is sinking deeper into the seabed and is not entering the food chain, while the nuclear plant operator TEPCO denies any tainted water is leaking from the facility.

Mark Willacy from Radio Australia has more.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 November 2012 15:48 )

Japanese Men Increasingly Embracing Feminine Side

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Download It's a culture that once celebrated bushido, the 'way of the warrior', it's a place where men were men, or soldiers or sumo or samurai.

But now more and more, Japanese men are cultivating their feminine side, with an explosion in sales of male beauty products, as well skirts and dresses, designed for men.

Radio Australia’s Mark Willacy reports from Japan.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 August 2012 13:34 )
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