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The Ukrainian ambassador to Japan has reiterated that Sunday's referendum in Crimea was invalid. Ihor Kharchenko spoke at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Monday.  Read the article


By Mari Iwata of the Wal Street Journal

Despite continued opposition from local fishing groups, a controlled release of lightly contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant should be considered, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday. "Common practice is to treat contaminated water as much as possible . . . and then release it into the environment," Yukiya Amano, Director General of IAEA, told a news conference in Tokyo, adding that he believed the current situation of ever-growing batteries of storage tanks is "not viable."  Read the article

Richard Lloyd Parry of the Times of London compares his time in Aceh with his days in Tohoku, goes into the story behind his story on the ghosts of the tsunami, and tells us where he keeps a pair of Osama bin Laden’s underpants.

Martin Fackler of the New York Times recalls scoops with his Pulitzer-Prize nominated reporting team, compares the post 3.11 Japanese media with the post-9/11 U.S. media, and worries about the effects of Japan’s new secrecy law. 

Photographer Bruce Osborn talks about documenting families in the aftermath of the devastation, the hope and despair of people trying to get on with their lives, and his upcoming movie, Oyako: Present to the Future.  

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Elaine Lies writes for Reuters:

Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, who rebounded from a disastrous short program at the Sochi Olympics to gain the best score of her career in the free skate, is now watering on whether to retire from competition.   Read the article

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