Rikuzentakata, Okuma remember disaster victims

Mar 11, 2013

Rikuzentakata, Okuma remember disaster victims

The municipal government of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, held a memorial service Sunday for the more than 1,500 residents who died in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The ceremony was held at a local elementary school ahead of Monday’s second anniversary rites and was ...

Filmmaker captures the 3/11 stress of Tohoku's deaf

Mar 10, 2013

Filmmaker captures the 3/11 stress of Tohoku's deaf

by Tomoko Otake

Nobuko Kikuchi, a 72-year-old resident of Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, couldn’t hear the emergency sirens that followed the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011. Nor could she hear the public announcement urging people to evacuate to higher ground as a massive tsunami approached ...

Mar 9, 2013

Otsuchi chief battles demographic ills

Otsuchi Mayor Yutaka Ikarigawa is determined to fight the depopulation and aging trends threatening this coastal town in Iwate Prefecture, which lost about 10 percent of its residents to the March 2011 quake and tsunami. “We aim to turn the crisis into a chance” ...

Mar 9, 2013

Worried Fukushima cops considered fleeing posts after 3/11

Many Fukushima police officers struggled with fears of death and thought about fleeing when they were evacuating citizens from areas close to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant during the catastrophe that started in March 2011, according to a survey. ...

Mar 9, 2013

3/11 disaster-linked failures reach 1,139 in two years

Nationwide, 1,139 companies have gone bust in the two-year aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and continuing nuclear disaster, with liabilities totaling ¥1.31 trillion, according to a private credit research company. The business failures were triggered by collapses of company buildings and sales ...