Quake victims' giant blanket gains Guinness record

Feb 23, 2015

Quake victims' giant blanket gains Guinness record

A crochet blanket measuring 464 sq. meters created for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the initiative of a German knitter has been recognized as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records. In a bid to provide warmth and comfort to people ...

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

| Sep 14, 2014

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

Fifty-three of the 90 students who graduated from Fukushima Medical University in March are working as interns at hospitals in the prefecture, the most in the past 10 years. The prefecture credits an increase in the medical department’s quota for admissions, as well as ...

Fukushima hotline gets record calls

| Jun 15, 2014

Fukushima hotline gets record calls

A suicide-prevention hotline in Fukushima Prefecture received a record 18,194 calls in 2013, signaling that scars from the events of March 2011 still weigh heavily on residents’ minds. Counselors at the hotline, Fukushima Inochi no Denwa, say consultations related to the triple disaster still ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

by Jun Hongo

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...