Iwate Philippine community in for long haul

Jun 11, 2011

Iwate Philippine community in for long haul

One of the major issues facing Philippine nationals who survived the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is finding new jobs. With Japanese locals in the same position, securing new employment is a major challenge for everyone in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. Erva Sugawara, 50, said ...

Kesennuma Filipinos closer-knit than ever

Jun 11, 2011

Kesennuma Filipinos closer-knit than ever

Like many residents of this port city known for its rich bonito, saury and shark fin catches, Marivel Gunji had worked in the fisheries industry, in her case for more than a decade. When the earthquake hit March 11, she was at her factory ...

Students credit survival to disaster-preparedness drills

Jun 4, 2011

Students credit survival to disaster-preparedness drills

March 11 started out as another ordinary Friday at Kamaishi East Junior High School, which stands by the mouth of the Unosumai River that runs through the city into Otsuchi Bay. Classes were over for the day and students were about to start their ...

Foreign refugees pitch in to help

May 25, 2011

Foreign refugees pitch in to help

Myo Myint Swe, a 42-year-old refugee from Myanmar, said that since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, he wanted to help those in the Tohoku region affected by the devastation. A 20-year resident of Japan who received his refugee status in 2005, Myo said ...

Apr 7, 2011

Long-term power loss not foreseen in nuclear guidelines

Design guidelines for nuclear plants do not require that utilities take steps against long-term power loss, according to rules published in 1990 and obtained by The Japan Times. The apparent lapse was based on the assumption that in case of an emergency, electricity would ...

Apr 1, 2011

Mayors confer on lessons learned from twin disaster, way forward

The past three weeks have proved the necessity of better information-sharing and coordination among the central government and municipalities to provide aid more effectively to disaster victims, mayors from 14 cities and towns agreed at a symposium in Tokyo on Wednesday. Predicting that the ...

Tokyo faces somber 'hanami' this year

Mar 29, 2011

Tokyo faces somber 'hanami' this year

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Monday that Tokyo’s cherry trees will enter full bloom within a week. But the capital’s annual blossom-viewing parties, or “hanami,” will be much quieter this year because festivals here and elsewhere are being called off in the wake of ...

Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan group providing warm help for victims

Mar 24, 2011

Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan group providing warm help for victims

SAGAMIHARA, Kanagawa Pref. — A group of Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans living in Kanagawa Prefecture has been providing warm bowls of Bangladesh curry since Monday to quake and tsunami survivors in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. “Everything was in ruins. A car was on top of ...

| Mar 5, 2011

Kodansha ends export strategy

Publishing giant Kodansha Ltd.’s recent decision to close down its subsidiary, Kodansha International Ltd., by the end of April reflects the firm’s change in its business strategy from shipping its English-language books made in Japan to publishing and distributing them in its largest market, ...

Mar 4, 2011

Kodansha International to close doors

Kodansha International Ltd., a leading English-language publisher of translated books on Japan, is closing down by the end of April, sources said Thursday. Contacted by The Japan Times, company President Koji Hirota confirmed that the company was folding but declined to give details, saying ...