Japan: The morning snapshot April 2

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49b5e2abccc6ca0ab2eded0cc1fcf1081 Japan: The morning snapshot April 2

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EARTHQUAKE

As a consequence of the March 11 earthquake and the events that followed, 11,734 have been confirmed dead, while 16,375 are missing.

Workers at the Fukushima nuclear reactor remain under threat of radiation poisoning, while details emerge of their working conditions.

The hard work of a blogger from Chiba Prefecture has helped build global momentum for a boof on the earthquake, with all proceeds going to charity.

ECONOMY

The “Lehman shock” may be nothing compared to the impact the earthquake and its consequences have on the Japanese economy.

Auto sales have plunged in Japan as statistics demonstrating effects of the earthquake start to come through.

The Nikkei 225 index lost 0.5 percent on Friday.

EXCHANGE

The yen traded Friday at ¥83.9 to the dollar.

GOSSIP

Golfer Ryo Ishikawa will donate all his winnings from this season to charities involved in Japan’s earthquake relief efforts.