Tohoku residents rattled by latest evacuation

Apr 3, 2014

Tohoku residents rattled by latest evacuation

Residents of coastal areas in the Tohoku region sought refuge in nearby facilities early Thursday after an earthquake off Chile’s northern coast on Tuesday night triggered a tsunami alert. “I’m fed up with tsunami,” said Masaki Murakami, a 26-year-old company worker who took shelter ...

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

Mar 19, 2014

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

by Nobuko Tanaka

“We always start creating our next work by having a meeting with everyone involved in the drama club,” high school teacher Michiko Ishii explained. “We discuss what is actually happening around us and what we should focus on in the next play. So, what ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

by Jun Hongo

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

| Mar 7, 2014

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

This month marks the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Students from Nagoya Gakuin University in Aichi Prefecture have continued to do volunteer work in affected areas, ensuring that the victims are not forgotten. Using their spring break, 46 students are currently ...

Kawasaki commemorates those lost on 3/11

Mar 6, 2014

Kawasaki commemorates those lost on 3/11

by Sang Woo Kim

Toro Nagashi, or “lantern floating” is a traditional custom involving the release of candlelit paper lanterns into a river to symbolize the guiding of the souls of the deceased toward peace. This is usually done in late summer, during the Bon Festival, which celebrates ...

Mar 1, 2014

Fukushima's appalling death toll

As the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches, new studies show that more people have died of stress and other mental illnesses than from causes directly linked to the triple "3/11" disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown.

Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

Feb 1, 2014

Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

by Jeff Kingston

The title of “Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival” refers to an old Japanese proverb about making the best of a bad situation or transforming crisis into opportunity. Japan is no stranger to crisis, or to monumental “bending,” but will the Great ...