Kindergartners' tsunami deaths hearing begins

Jan 31, 2014

Kindergartners' tsunami deaths hearing begins

Oral proceedings started Friday at the Sendai High Court in an appeal filed by a school against damages it was ordered to pay in connection with the March 11, 2011, tsunami deaths of four pupils aboard one of its buses, and both sides also ...

Jun 8, 2013

Nippon Paper mulls power plant amid Abe energy push

Nippon Paper Industries Co. Is Considering A Project To Build A Large Power Plant In Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Which Was Battered By The Tsunami Generated By The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The project, an example of Nippon Paper’s drive to expand outside its ...

Fishermen look to revamp industry

| Mar 8, 2013

Fishermen look to revamp industry

by Ayako Mie

Tohoku’s fishermen are beginning to challenge the traditional fisheries system by establishing their own companies so they can have more control over prices and other aspects of the business. “Going back to the way it was before the 3/11 tsunami is not enough, because ...

Art disaster turns out to have a silver lining

| Feb 17, 2013

Art disaster turns out to have a silver lining

by Edan Corkill

A dozen paintings hang from the white walls of a gallery at the Museum of Modern Art in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Mostly prewar works by artists involved in the Proletarian movement, who focused on depictions of factory and farm laborers, the paintings are like ...

Schools to close but their songs go on

Jan 25, 2013

Schools to close but their songs go on

by Setsuko Kamiya

Music has played an important role in easing the pain of many people in the Tohoku region whose lives were affected by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. But for Sendai-based violinist Satoko Sato and pianist Mitsuhiro Sakakibara, performing for the survivors ...

Japan's seismic nerve center

Apr 10, 2011

Japan's seismic nerve center

by Edan Corkill

The Earthquake Phenomena Observation System, located inside the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo’s central Otemachi district, is usually operated by five teams of seven who work in rotating shifts that span every minute of the year. But at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 this ...