Briton's bus stop makeover in tsunami-hit area just a start

Apr 30, 2013

Briton's bus stop makeover in tsunami-hit area just a start

A bus stop bench, in a rather forlorn state, is situated against the backdrop of an idyllic, seaside landscape in Ohara, Miyagi Prefecture, a remote area devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The sight of the small community on Tohoku’s Oshika Peninsula ...

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

Mar 16, 2013

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

Three young women had simple aspirations before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and nuclear crisis altered the landscape of the northeast and their lives on March 11. “I lost everything I had and my life was totally changed,” said Ayaka Ogawa, who became the ...

3/11 students vow leadership roles

Mar 13, 2013

3/11 students vow leadership roles

Students from the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11, 2011, disasters have vowed to draw from their experiences and take on new roles on the global stage. “We were given opportunities to examine global issues and think about how to address them,” Atsuko ...

Photo retoucher restores memories to disaster survivors

Jan 4, 2013

Photo retoucher restores memories to disaster survivors

Behind every photograph is a story, and New York-based photo retoucher Becci Manson wants to make sure the stories of disaster survivors struggling with the pain of losing loved ones are preserved. This desire inspired her to initiate a project to retouch photos damaged ...

May 21, 2012

G-8 spotlight falls on Noda but holding stage a challenge

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda found himself in the spotlight when he was given a surprise treat during his first stint at the Group of Eight summit — a birthday cake from the current G-8 host, U.S. President Barack Obama, with the rest of the ...

Mar 29, 2012

Noda failed to lift Japan's profile at nuclear summit

With Pyongyang’s planned rocket launch looming over East Asian, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had the perfect opportunity at this week’s global nuclear summit in Seoul to raise Japan’s presence in dealing with North Korea. But Noda missed out on the chance as he arrived ...

Filipino priest embraces postcrisis challenges

Mar 15, 2012

Filipino priest embraces postcrisis challenges

Filipino priest Resty Ogsimer vividly recalls the overwhelming task he faced when other Filipinos living near the radiation-spewing Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant fled their homes and sought temporary refuge in Tokyo. Acting on a request from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Ogsimer, ...

Japan takes stand in S. China Sea row

Nov 21, 2011

Japan takes stand in S. China Sea row

For Japan, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea may not be directly in its own backyard, but the interests at stake are inextricably linked with its own and are forcing it to come off the fence. Nevertheless, while some members of the ...

Sep 4, 2011

Does Cabinet have a silver lining?

It comes as no surprise that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who has been calling for unity within the Democratic Party of Japan, formed a Cabinet based not only on allies but lawmakers from various other factions. But the question is: Can Noda and his ...