Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 5:15 AM
Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

_ SEARCH FOR BODIES. Police search for thousands of bodies in the coastal area near the Fukushima nuclear plant that has been largely off-limits because of radiation leaks.

_ SEA RADIATION DROPS. Radiation levels off the coast have fallen dramatically, indicating a crack leaking contaminated water into the Pacific was plugged successfully. Contaminated water continues to pool throughout the plant complex, often thwarting work there.

_ ECONOMIC OUTLOOK. The Bank of Japan gives a bleak outlook for Japan's economy because production capacity is limited by destroyed factories and shortages of crucial goods and parts.

_ JAL UNPAID LEAVE. Japan Airlines Corp. asks its 12,000 employees to take unpaid leave and is reducing international flights, mostly Asian routes, due to decreasing demand for air travel.