Welfare rise: sign of economic, aging times

| Jul 5, 2011

Welfare rise: sign of economic, aging times

The Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to maintain the minimum standard of wholesome and cultured living. Thus to help those struggling to make ends meet, the government provides financial aid according to poverty level while encouraging them to get back on their feet. ...

Debris removal, recycling daunting, piecemeal labor

Jun 30, 2011

Debris removal, recycling daunting, piecemeal labor

Removing and disposing of the debris generated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are crucial parts of the recovery process as the people in the devastated region move forward with rebuilding their communities. More than three months after the magnitude 9.0 quake, splintered ...

Jun 21, 2011

Justice Ministry plans to ditch refugee role

The parliamentary secretary of the Justice Ministry said Monday that the Democratic Party of Japan-led government will aim to establish a new organization to deal specifically with refugee issues and eliminate that function from the ministry. Many experts are calling for the ministry to ...

JET coordinator finds Iwate spirit contagious

Jun 15, 2011

JET coordinator finds Iwate spirit contagious

Iwate Prefecture’s coast suffered some of the most severe damage in the March 11 quake and towering tsunami, where more than 4,500 people have been confirmed killed and 2,700 are still missing. But only about two hours by car inland, Morioka, the prefecture’s capital, ...

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 ...