The News Roundup May 29 – June 4

Here are our top picks for the news:

Business / Economy

Fukushima forestry industry at risk of collapse due to ongoing nuclear crisis

Falling confidence in ‘Japan brand’ more than just a domestic problem

Tokyo stocks fall in thin trade as yen’s strength persists

Japan continues to log trade deficit in early May

Company offers drying service for documents soaked by tsunami



Fearing Radiation, New York Opera Stars Cancel Japan Tour

Kenchiku Taiso flexes its muscle for architectural appreciation

ANIME NEWS: Live-action ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ to air on TBS from July

It was always a lie’–anti-nuke songs hit a nerve



Japan voters want PM to go as no-confidence vote looms

Naoto Kan Accidentally Calls Opposition Leader “Prime Minister”

Naoto Kan’s Resignation Announcement: A Huge Scam?

Row escalates over timing of Kan’s resignation

Kan opponents lick their wounds following Diet defeat

EDITORIAL: Ruling, opposition parties must end futile political battle

Relentless political squabbles delaying major legislation

Miyagi governor has big recovery plans, tells Diet to hunker down

School radiation cleanup slammed

State, not internal veteran exec, should run Tepco: critics



Aichi Prefecture governor’s demand to turn off air conditioning at schools causes confusion

Over 200 temporary homes left unoccupied as evacuees worry about job prospects

Opium poppies discovered on sale at home-improvement chain

Heavy rains trigger tsunami-zone landslide alert

KANSAI: Who & What

Radiation zone farmer grubs his way to survival

What Japanese women want: a Western husband

Japanese lifestyles catch on among Chinese middle class

Man arrested, another wanted in biggest cash robbery case in Japan

Police arrest second man over biggest-ever robbery

Quake to make Japan stronger: poll

Fertility rate edges up to 1.39



Unheated Curry Saves Electricity

METI to support projects to cut rare earth China dependence

Hackers attack another Sony network, post data


Quake/tsunami Disaster Developments

Mixed verdict on temporary school construction after tsunami

News Navigator: What kinds of donations are given to Japan disaster victims?

Foul-smelling fish and seaweed plague survivors of earthquake and tsunami

Wood from homes destroyed in tsunami pull a stricken town toward recovery

Evacuee housing units shy of target

March 9 foreshock should’ve led to Big One alert: expert


Nuclear Disaster Developments

EDITORIAL: Seawater injection snafu underscores lack of cooperation in nuclear crisis

Pump failure nearly brings No. 5 to a boil

Stabilizing reactors by year’s end may be impossible: Tepco

Stricken Fukushima nuke plant leaking oil

Radiation-linked cancer an intangible numbers game

Students credit survival to disaster-preparedness drills

Tohoku, Tokyo residents lash out at Diet backbiting

TEPCO says venting failure caused hydrogen explosion at No. 1 reactor

Experts: Leave radiation checks to us