Serious fuel shortage haunts disaster areas
Disaster-hit northeastern Japan still faces acute shortages of gasoline and other fuels due to damaged transport and distribution systems.
Wholesaler Showa Shell Sekiyu revealed that as of Wednesday, it has been able to supply just 60 percent of its orders. It says it will increase the number of tankers to meet demand.....
Thursday, March 31, 2011 08:01 +0900 (JST)
Evacuee life tough on kids / Children and parents suffer mental and physical stress
KAMAISHI, Iwate--More than two weeks after being left homeless by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and taking shelter at evacuation centers, many victims remain distressed despite relief supplies and medical care gradually starting to reach them.
At 8 a.m. Sunday at the Kuribayashi Primary School's gym in Kamaishi, some of the residents began delivering food for breakfast to other residents. Each person, from the elderly down to young children, was given chocolate-flavored bread, an orange and a canned drink.
The school gym in a mountainous area about five kilometers from the coastline has served as an evacuation center since the quake.....
(Mar. 31, 2011)
yomiuri online http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110330005794.htm
US giving Japan time on trade pact after disaster
The US government says it understands that Japan may have to delay its decision on a US-backed free trade pact as it deals with the aftermath of the quake and tsunami.
The Japanese government had previously said it would decide by June whether to join negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. But it may now delay the decision as it prioritizes reconstruction.....
Thursday, March 31, 2011 14:26 +0900 (JST)