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As a consequence of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, 12,690 have been confirmed dead, while 14,736 are missing.
A powerful aftershock rocked the north of the country in the late hours of Thursday.
The Japanese government asked foreign media to refrain from sensationalist reporting on the crisis at Fukushima.
Some foreign companies are moving employees back to Tokyo, others are transferring them overseas.
Japan’s breweries have struggled to get beer to the Tokyo region after the eartquake, but plenty of stock remains.
The Bank of Japan will offer ¥1 trillion in emergency loans to companies affected by the March 11 earthquake.
The Nikkei ended flat on Thursday.
The dollar was worth ¥85.2 on Thursday.
Southern All Stars frontman Keisuke Kuwata and singer Masaharu Fukuyama are among 50 pop stars set to perform on “Let’s Try again,” a charity single with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross.
Some restaurants have prepared alternatives to siiting under the trees and drinking alcohol for cherry blossom season.