Urayasu still dealing with liquefaction

Apr 8, 2011

Urayasu still dealing with liquefaction

URAYASU, Chiba Pref. — Flanked by Tokyo Bay and greenery, Urayasu has long been a popular home for young families. But the March 11 earthquake turned the resortlike city into one of tilting houses, cracked roads and thrust sewer pipes up. About 300 km ...

Apr 2, 2011

Tohoku disaster causes 'natto' shortage

“Natto” fermented soybeans, considered by many as a healthy source of protein, is just one of many food items missing from supermarkets nationwide amid the disaster triggered by the March 11 quake and tsunami. Ibaraki Prefecture, home to the largest number of natto manufacturers, ...

Tsunami came late to unprepared Chiba

Mar 30, 2011

Tsunami came late to unprepared Chiba

ASAHI, Chiba Pref. — Shortly after the magnitude 9.0 quake hit the Tohoku region on March 11, Noriko Suzuki looked out of her house and saw tsunami coming. “I felt my body shiver. I’ve never imagined tsunami would come to this area. I immediately ...

Mar 25, 2011

Tap water woes hit Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki

The scope of radiation-contaminated tap water expanded Thursday, with radioactive iodine detected in tap water in Chiba, Saitama and Ibaraki prefectures, while the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which said the day before its drinking water was contaminated, scurried to distribute 240,000 bottles of water to ...

Mar 25, 2011

Prince hotel spared wrecking ball to house evacuees

The Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, once one of the trendiest hotels in Japan and set to close at the end of March, announced Thursday that it will remain open to accommodate refugees made homeless by the March 11 earthquake and radiation leaks at the ...

Evacuees served hot meals

Mar 24, 2011

Evacuees served hot meals

Six days since shelters opened in Tokyo for tsunami survivors from the Tohoku region, evacuees finally tasted hot meals Wednesday thanks to volunteers. “I really appreciate a hot meal because we hadn’t had it for a while,” said Nanami Nitama, a 22-year-old nursery school ...

Mar 23, 2011

Residents safe: Fukushima adviser

Residents of Fukushima and neighboring prefectures, let alone Tokyo, have little to fear from radiation exposure because current levels are far below what would pose a health risk, a newly appointed medical adviser to Fukushima Prefecture said Tuesday. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club ...

Prefectures open shelters for tsunami survivors

Mar 19, 2011

Prefectures open shelters for tsunami survivors

SAITAMA — Governments in the Kanto region opened shelters Thursday for people who have evacuated from northern Japan. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government opened the Tokyo Budokan arena in Adachi Ward and Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu for 1,600 evacuees. Officials also secured three places in ...

Mar 17, 2011

Blood donations up nationwide

In addition to money, food, blankets and medicine, many across Japan are donating blood to help the survivors of Friday’s devastation in the Tohoku region. In Tokyo, 2,284 people showed up at Japanese Red Cross Society blood donation centers Sunday, up from 1,944 a ...

Mar 17, 2011

Embassies list 400 foreigners as missing

About 400 foreigners remained unaccounted for as of noon Wednesday, several dozen embassies told the Foreign Ministry in the wake of Friday’s historic earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region. A ministry official said the missing may not all be caught up in the ...