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Motivated women in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki launch new businesses

Sep 29, 2014

Motivated women in tsunami-hit Ishinomaki launch new businesses

Starting up a business never occurred to Sachiko Setsuda, a 50-year-old housewife, until her community in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. But Setsuda is now busy preparing to open a cake shop in a temporary shopping area ...

A-bombed cities don't buy Abe vow

| Aug 10, 2013

A-bombed cities don't buy Abe vow

Is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe truly willing to play an active role in ridding the world of nuclear arms? That was the question posed by atomic bomb survivors, mayors and peace activists at a series of events Tuesday and Friday commemorating the 68th anniversary ...

Aug 5, 2013

Scholars hunt for dispersed A-bomb health logs

Japanese scholars are trying to locate records of early research on the health impact of radiation from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to create a digital archive accessible to anyone. The scholars began by searching for photos, records of medical ...

Actor Hira recalls hibakusha mom, own twist of fate

Jul 30, 2013

Actor Hira recalls hibakusha mom, own twist of fate

Until not so long ago, renowned actor Mikijiro Hira had not talked much in public about his late mother, Hisayo, who barely survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The bombing, which took place on Aug. 6, 1945, is estimated to have ultimately killed, by ...

Robot niche expands in senior care

Jun 19, 2013

Robot niche expands in senior care

Given Japan’s rapidly aging population, efforts are accelerating to devise more practical and affordable robots to help seniors handle daily tasks, as well as to cope with a projected shortage of caregivers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has allocated ¥2.39 billion in the fiscal ...

Displaced brewer rebuilds sake biz

Mar 7, 2013

Displaced brewer rebuilds sake biz

Daisuke Suzuki, a sake brewer, is hoping his product will help the people of his Fukushima Prefecture hometown, now uninhabitable due to the nuclear crisis, stay connected. The March 11, 2011, megaquake and tsunami that led to the three meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power ...

| Dec 12, 2012

Major parties give themselves wiggle room on thorny TPP

More than a year after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared to the global community his interest in Japan joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, the nation remains unconvinced of the merits and major political parties are taking equivocal stances, turning it into a major ...

Restarting reactors key topic in new energy policy debate

Mar 21, 2012

Restarting reactors key topic in new energy policy debate

Since the Fukushima nuclear crisis began a year ago, Japan’s energy supply mix has undergone a shakeup, with only two out of the nation’s 54 commercial nuclear reactors currently online and thermal power filling the gap. The government is reviewing its overall energy policy, ...