Strong offshore quake rocks Tohoku

May 13, 2015

Strong offshore quake rocks Tohoku

A strong earthquake of upper 5 on the Japanese seismic scale hit Iwate Prefecture and surrounding areas at 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. The focus of the quake, estimated at magnitude 6.6, was in the Pacific ...

Fiscal year heralds 890,000 new recruits

Apr 1, 2015

Fiscal year heralds 890,000 new recruits

An estimated 890,000 new recruits began work at companies, public offices and other organizations across Japan on Wednesday as the nation marked the start of the 2015 fiscal year. Central and local governments, as well as many private-sector companies, held welcome ceremonies for new ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Mar 16, 2015

Communities in Japan drafting their own disaster plans

Local communities across Japan are increasingly adopting new approaches to disaster risks without waiting for central authorities to show them what to do. The measures include neighborhood tsunami risk maps, locally planned evacuation routes and community-level disaster drills. Representatives on Saturday spoke of their ...