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 ...

Abe visits towns in Tohoku disaster areas

Jul 16, 2014

Abe visits towns in Tohoku disaster areas

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday visited a seaweed breeding facility and a cabbage farming corporation in Miyagi Prefecture during his latest visit to the disaster-hit Tohoku region. Abe told reporters in Higashimatsushima that his administration is ready to provide support for agriculture and ...

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Jul 11, 2014

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

by Masaaki Kameda

Some 80 Tohoku teenagers in an OECD-supported educational project will hold a cultural festival in Paris in August to express gratitude to those who supported the region’s recovery, student representatives said Friday. At an education ministry press conference in Tokyo, three students who outlined ...

From the Japanese

Jul 5, 2014

From the Japanese

by Kris Kosaka

This fourth volume of poetry from Tokyo resident Paul Rossiter conveys his 40-year relationship with Japan in collected poems both thoughtful and thought-provoking. These range from the impressions of a startled first-time tourist in 1969 through to Rossiter’s visits to Ishinomaki in Tohoku in ...

Jun 24, 2014

Farmers visit Australia for oyster tips

Oyster farmers from across Japan recently traveled to Tasmania, Australia, to learn how cultivators there raise oysters that are relatively uniform in size, and that can be sold in their shells at higher prices. Japanese consumers have traditionally used oysters as an ingredient of ...

Jun 11, 2014

U.N. ambassador highlights link between disasters, disabilities

Japan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Motohide Yoshikawa on Tuesday stressed the importance of recognizing the special needs of people with disabilities during major disasters such as the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. In such situations the needs of those with disabilities ...

Trains resume runs in hot zone

Jun 1, 2014

Trains resume runs in hot zone

Trains resumed operation Sunday on part of the Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture, marking the first runs in the hot zone since the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. “I’m happy to be back in Naraha by train,” said Tomohiro Sakamoto, 7, after ...

British fundraiser heading to Hokkaido on epic bike trip

May 29, 2014

British fundraiser heading to Hokkaido on epic bike trip

A British man is riding a motorcycle from Britain to Japan to raise money for orphans from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Before leaving, Dominic Farwell-Cooke, a 28-year-old aircraft engineer, said he wanted to help those orphaned by the tragedy as well as ...

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

Apr 9, 2014

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

by Gianni Simone

The magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, devastated the northeast, killing more than 15,000 people and causing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Observers believed the sheer size of the catastrophe ...