Failing to rebuild communities in Tohoku

| Mar 14, 2015

Failing to rebuild communities in Tohoku

by Philip Brasor

The NHK travel program “Tsurube no Kazoku ni Kampai” (“Tsurube Toasts Families”) recently aired a two-parter about the town of Watari in Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, tsunami. In the series, rakugo storyteller Shofukutei Tsurube and a celebrity guest ...

Young 3/11 survivors bound for U.N. disaster summit

Feb 27, 2015

Young 3/11 survivors bound for U.N. disaster summit

by May Masangkay

As survivors of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami cope with the loss of their families, homes and livelihoods, some of the younger generation are focusing their energies on helping people elsewhere in Asia. Haruka Kurosawa, 19, lived through the 2011 calamity and afterward ...

Jan 18, 2015

Bill in works to turn March 11 into disaster day holiday

A group of politicians has drafted legislation to make March 11 a national holiday to remember the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wrecked much of the Tohoku region in 2011. Many parts of Tohoku, especially the Pacific coastline, were devastated by ...

City of Urayasu still recovering from 3/11 liquefaction damage

Sep 1, 2014

City of Urayasu still recovering from 3/11 liquefaction damage

Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, is still recovering from widespread liquefaction damage incurred in the Great East Japan Earthquake, with many roads and sewage system continuing to undergo repair more than three years later. The city, a 20-minute train ride from central Tokyo, is speeding up ...

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Jul 23, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a makeshift shopping center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives. Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village opened in February 2012 and consists of 32 ...