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Israel and Japan marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The anniversary, which was celebrated Tuesday, is set to be marked in both countries with a series of special events, including cultural events, academic meetings and...
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In northeastern Japan, the area hardest hit by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a team of Israeli post-trauma experts guided local teachers and officials through their lingering pain.
One kindergarten teacher broke down in tears as she related how another teacher saw...
May 18, 2011 | 10:52 am
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The Israel Defense Forces’ aid delegation to Japan returned home, leaving medical equipment behind for local doctors to use.
The delegation, which brought 62 tons of medical supplies and 18 tons of humanitarian aid to the city of Minami-Sanriko, hard hit by the earthquake and...
April 11, 2011 | 10:43 am
Jewish federations throughout North America have raised $1,349,000 to help Japan recover from last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami.
The federations’ Japan, Hawaii and Pacific Relief Fund, opened immediately following the earthquake and resultant tsunami that struck Japan on...
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Traces of radioactive waste from a damaged nuclear reactor in Japan have been detected in the air in Israel.
The Soreq Nuclear Research Center on Tuesday detected traces of Iodine-131 in an air sample. The concentration of 0.00005 becquerel per square meter is very low and presents...
March 25, 2011 | 4:55 am
I remember the first time I heard the story about Sadako and the thousand paper cranes. I was five years old, and I was sitting cris-cross-applesauce on the big blue rug next to my best friend, Rachel. We were giggling. We had finished drawing our pictures of shining suns and...
March 21, 2011 | 11:20 am
As if the triple whammy of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster weren’t enough to enthrall and terrify us, the war in Libya is now providing cable news viewers a fresh hell to follow 24/7.
But wait, as they say in the infomercials—there’s more. In Bahrain,...
March 21, 2011 | 10:47 am
Israel has sent a medical delegation to Japan to help victims of the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Two doctors and an Israel Defense Forces Homefront Command officer arrived Monday in Japan to determine what is required to send a full-scale medical delegation and the...
March 17, 2011 | 11:26 pm
Images from Japan continue to sadden and shock us. Over 12,000 are confirmed dead or missing due to the earthquake and tsunami, and that number will likely rise. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes. I’m having a hard time finding recent numbers on those...
March 17, 2011 | 11:20 am
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN that Israel is reconsidering its plans for a nuclear energy facility in light of what happened in Japan. The interview is set to be aired later on Thursday.
Japan is facing a nuclear crisis after a major earthquake and...
March 16, 2011 | 10:58 am
Japan said Wednesday that further assistance from the United States was needed to help keep the nuclear cores at a power plant from overheating, after last week’s quake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling systems.
Tokyo may also request the help from members of the U.S. military stationed in Japan, government spokesman Yukio Edano said.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has sent two experts to Japan, and had been asked to send cooling equipment.
Read more at Haaretz.com.
March 16, 2011 | 10:51 am
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered “any assistance” and stated that the “citizens of Israel stand beside you at this difficult time” in a letter to his Japanese counterpart, Naoto Kan.
Netanyahu expressed his “deep sorrow” over the tragic earthquake and tsunami...
March 15, 2011 | 1:16 pm
Almost as soon as the catastrophe in Japan began unfolding last Friday, Jewish groups scrambled to figure out how to get help to the area.
In Israel, search-and-rescue organizations like ZAKA and IsraAid readied teams to head to the Japanese devastation zone. In Tokyo, the Chabad...
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A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country’s nuclear safety agency said.
The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant - the latest on Monday - as...
March 14, 2011 | 3:06 pm
Chabad-Lubavitch centers in Tokyo and Hong Kong have shipped tons of food into one of the Japanese cities hardest hit by last week’s earthquake and tsunami.
The Tokyo-based Chabad-Lubavitch of Japan and the Hong Kong-based Chabad-Lubavitch of Asia have shipped bread, rice, noodles,...
March 13, 2011 | 12:23 pm