Roland Buerk

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Tokyo nuclear plant operator must compensate victims

Apr 15, 2011
The Japanese government has ordered TEPCO, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, to pay $12,000 compensation to each of the 50,000 households near the facility.

Shipping delays save car production, until now

Apr 13, 2011
The auto industry has staved off production stoppages thanks in part to lengthy shipping times for Japanese parts. But now, the shipments that left Japan before the tsunami have all been unloaded, and automakers face potential shutdowns.

The Tankan survey worries Japan

Dec 15, 2010
There's some bad news for the Japanese economy. A closely watched index of how confident businesses are feeling about the future has gotten worse for the first time in nearly two years.

South Korea works to remain stable after artillery exchange with North Korea

Nov 23, 2010
South Korea's central bank said today it will work with the government in making sure markets remain stable there. That's after an exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea that left at least two South Korean marines dead.

Why Japan cut key rate to near zero

Oct 5, 2010
Japan's central bank has cut its interest rate to virtually zero. The BBC's Roland Buerk talks with Steve Chiotakis about what finally persuaded Japan to cut its key rate and how damaging the weak U.S. dollar has been to the Asian nation's recovery.

Sumo won't be broadcast amidst gambling scandal

Jul 6, 2010
Japanese broadcasters are refusing to air the big sumo Nagoya tournament because the sport has been corrupted by illegal gambling.