The U.S. government recently issued an immediate recall for more than 4.7 million vehicles that were installed with defective airbags. However, the consumer website that lists vehicle identification numbers included in the recall did not appear to be working on Tuesday. Continue reading
Typhoon Vongfong hit southern Japanese islands with heavy rain and damaging winds Monday as the strongest storm to hit Japan this year made landfall.
The strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 is spinning toward Japan, maintaining winds around 165 miles per hour. Super Typhoon Vongfong is predicted to still be a Category 5 storm by the end of Wednesday, but is not expected to make landfall in Japan until early next week. Continue reading
In Japan, Saturday’s surprise eruption of Mt. Ontake killed at least 36 people and covered the mountain in thick smoke and piles of ash. Since then, rescue efforts have been hampered by toxic gases and fears of another eruption. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien and NASA’s Thomas Wagner join Judy Woodruff to discuss the difficulty of predicting volcanic eruptions. Continue reading
Economist Milton Ezrati argues that the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — known collectively as “Abenomics” — aren’t doing enough to address the demographic challenges of an aging population. Japan’s economy, he believes, needs more innovation to break away from a failed economic model. Continue reading
In March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake shook Japan, triggering a catastrophic tsunami and nuclear disaster. Since then, PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien has provided some of the most in-depth reporting on the subject to-date. He has traveled … Continue reading
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy was greeted warmly when she arrived in Tokyo last year. But the region, overshadowed by conflicts in the rest of the world, is facing troubles. Gwen Ifill sat down with Kennedy to discuss ongoing territorial disputes with China, the status of the President Obama’s pivot to Asia and the existential threat of nuclear weapons in North Korea. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah declared he won a runoff election. Preliminary results claiming former finance minister Ashraf Ghani won 56 percent of the vote, but Abdullah claimed that that was due to widespread fraud. Also, a powerful typhoon hit southern Japan, knocking out power to thousands. Continue reading
The best way to get inside information on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may be through pages of a comic book.