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Today: Tuesday 15th March

Four days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, radiation levels around the Fukushima nuclear plant have risen significantly after a third explosion there. Also in today's programme, how TV's token ethnic minorities have become the latest victims on Midsomer Murders.

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Business news with Adam Shaw The Nikkei 225 has lost 10.5% today, and comes on top of a 6% decline yesterday. Peter Westerway, UK-based economist at Japan's biggest investment bank, Nomura, looks at what the Bank of Japan is doing to stop the rot. Michael Tamvakis of Cass Business School is also in to speak about the commodity boom.

As registration begins for Olympic Game tickets, security is tight to avoid internet scammers cashing in on the event. Greg Day, McAfee's director of security strategy, explains what is being done to halt them.

The Japanese prime minister has warned people close to nuclear plants to stay indoors as radioactive levels remain high. Professor John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, outlines the worst case scenario.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states have sent troops into Bahrain to help the ruling family there deal with the growing protest movement. Our correspondent Caroline Hawley explains the reasons behind the move.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The people of Japan are waking up to newspaper reports of many mistakes made by the Japanese government over the past few days. The BBC's Chris Hogg assesses how it is coping with the crisis.

An independent review of the salaries of senior managers in the public sector has rejected the idea of capping their pay at 20 times that of the lowest-paid employee. Will Hutton, head of the Work Foundation, explains why he thinks a cap would not work.

A review of the papers.

As the authorities in Japan try to contain the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, those communities wrecked by the tsunami are beginning their own efforts to pick up the pieces. Our correspondent Alastair Leithead reports from Minami Sanriku, a town devastated by the disaster.

Thought for The Day with the Reverend Professor David Wilkinson, principal of St John's College at Durham University.

One of Midsomer Murders' creators has said a key to the show's appeal is its absence of ethnic minority characters. Simon Jenkins, author of A Short History of England, and comedy TV producer Ash Atalla, debate if there is any justification to the claims.

Explosions at a Japanese nuclear plant have led to radiation levels that can affect human health, a senior official has said. Noriuki Shikata, director of communications for the Japanese prime minister, opposition politician Taro Kono and the UK's ambassador to Japan, David Warren comment on the escalating nuclear problem.

The USA has asked Saudi Arabia to "show restraint" as its troops enter Bahrain. Ibrahim Shareef, leader of the Waad party, the largest non-religious group in the country, explains the implications of this latest move.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Japan, the world's third-largest economy is set to suffer severely after Friday's events. The BBC's economics editor Stephanie Flanders and Nissan's senior vice president Dr Andy Palmer ponder the potential financial consequences facing the country.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The BBC is re-editing Wonders of the Universe following complaints about the TV programme's booming background music. Its director, Paul Watson, and BBC executive producer Anne Laking debate the merits of using music in documentaries.

The effects of last Friday will last for many years to come in Japan. Professor Noriko Hama from Doshisha Business School and Professor Kyle Cleveland from the Institute for Contemporary Japanese Studies at Temple University in Tokyo examine how the catastrophe may change Japanese society.

Today presenter James Naughtie, who is in Japan to witness the aftermath of the earthquake firsthand, reflects on the human story of the disaster.



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