The News Roundup: April 24 – 30

Breakthroughs

Japan’s first openly gay politician hails poll win

Study: Wind can generate power on par with nuclear plants

Treasured cherry tree blooms in quake-hit Fukushima

Economy

Industrial production posts largest drop

Auto output plunges up to 65% in March

LED manufacturers get green light for more production

Fukushima Updates

Japan readies own robot to probe crippled nuclear plant

Map details radiation at N-plant site

No-entry zone sealed, residents fear they will never return home

Editorials and Perspectives

The world has admired Japan’s stoic spirit. But there is a worrying side to it

EDITORIAL: Get ready now for next big quake

Actress Tanaka delivers her last line at own funeral

Community superheroes stand tall for survivors in disaster areas

POINT OF VIEW/ Minoru Kawakita: 3/11 shatters modern Japan’s blind faith in economic growth

Tsunami spared few at elementary school in Ishinomaki