Elderly residents of northern Japan have been especially hard hit by the twin disasters that struck Japan earlier this month. Many old people died in the tsunami and earthquake. Survivors are staying in temporary shelters and are having trouble getting adequate heat, food or medicine.
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Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster have become one of the biggest tests ever for "just in time" manufacturing. That's the practice of having parts delivered just when they're needed instead of carrying large, costly inventories at assembly plants. Since the disasters, parts have been hard to come by.
Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis deepened in Tokyo on Wednesday, as health authorities warned that radiation in some tap water there exceeds safe levels for infants. Parents are being warned not to use tap water to prepare baby formula.
Authorities said the warning was prompted by readings of radioactive iodine in the city's drinking water. At 190 to 210 becquerels per liter, the water exceeded the 100-becquerel limit for infants. But water officials said readings were still below the 300-becquerel limit for adults.