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 ...

| Mar 15, 2011

Rolling blackouts to affect lifelines, transportation, medical needs

Tokyo Electric Power Co. started rationing power throughout much of the Kanto plain on Monday to prevent a nuclear power plant crisis in Fukushima Prefecture from causing a complete blackout of the Tokyo metropolitan region and surrounding areas. The prefectures affected include Tokyo, Gunma, ...

Mar 11, 2011

Moms speak out for Hague treaty

Japanese mothers whose children were spirited away by their foreign husbands urged the government Thursday to sign the Hague Treaty to prevent cross-border parental child abductions. One of the mothers said she wants Japan to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of ...

Activist fighting for LGBT rights

Mar 11, 2011

Activist fighting for LGBT rights

Harvey Milk is part of U.S. history but Japan has yet to see anyone like him 32 years after his assassination, according to Taiga Ishikawa, an openly gay candidate running for the Toshima Ward Assembly in Tokyo. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay ...