Miyagi dad seeks values, not revenge

May 19, 2014

Miyagi dad seeks values, not revenge

Toshiro Sato, 50, a teacher in Miyagi Prefecture who lost his daughter to the 2011 megaquake and tsunami, believes there are other ways than going to court to tell people about the pain of losing loved ones and to prevent such tragedies from recurring. ...

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

Apr 3, 2014

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

by Ryotaro Nakamaru

A little more than three years after the devastating earthquake paralyzed the northeast, coastal communities shattered by the ensuing tsunami are slowly returning to normal. Shops that were destroyed are gradually reopening. Residents forced to evacuate to distant parts are returning to their hometowns. ...

Up to 1-meter tsunami could reach Japan from Chile quake

Apr 2, 2014

Up to 1-meter tsunami could reach Japan from Chile quake

Tsunami of between 20 cm and 1 meter could reach Pacific coastal areas in Japan on Thursday morning, a day after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast, the Meteorological Agency said. If necessary, the agency will issue a tsunami advisory at around ...

Charity gives African, Japanese orphans a leg up

Apr 2, 2014

Charity gives African, Japanese orphans a leg up

by Ben Dooley

As an orphan, living on the streets of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, John Nakaswa never imagined he might one day travel to Japan. So when Ashinaga, a Japanese foundation dedicated to providing educational and emotional support to orphans, offered to send him to Kwansei ...

Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

Mar 26, 2014

Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

by Kiyoshi Numata

More than 10 glass-plate negatives of photos taken by an amateur photographer showing damage inflicted on a town in Iwate Prefecture by a devastating earthquake and tsunami 118 years ago were discovered recently, with experts describing them as important for both disaster studies and ...