Mar 11, 2015

Local officials on loan to Tohoku benefit both sides

When she started her new job in the Tohoku region, Atsuko Doi was surprised by the shortage of staff and an unfamiliar computer system. Doi also felt lonely as she was the only woman in the temporary accommodations for backup government personnel sent to ...

Mar 5, 2015

Municipal worker shortage still serious in three Tohoku prefectures

Fifty municipalities in three northeastern prefectures heavily affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are facing a shortage of 277 workers needed for repair and reconstruction work. The shortage, particularly serious for engineers, has raised concerns about possible delays in the reconstruction work ...

Mar 3, 2015

Over 1,700 business failures linked to March 2011 triple disaster

A total of 1,726 businesses went bankrupt due to reasons linked to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear disaster, according to Teikoku Databank Ltd. Liabilities left by the failed companies comes to ¥1.56 trillion, the private credit research company said ...

| Feb 20, 2015

Temporary housing; famous siblings; CM of the week: Meiji

The temporary housing built for the survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami is usually depicted as being dark and cold, inhabited by sad people. But according to the NHK regional documentary, “Egao no Kasetsu Jutaku” (“Temporary Housing of Smiling Faces”; NHK-G, Mon., 12:40 ...

Feb 13, 2015

Recovery slow in disaster-zone fish processing industries

A Fisheries Agency survey revealed Thursday that the pace of reconstruction has been slow in fish processing industries in five coastal prefectures hit hard by the tsunami caused by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011. Only 50 percent of the surveyed companies in ...

Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism

Nov 17, 2014

Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism

by Shusuke Murai

Since it was introduced, Google’s location-based game “Ingress” has engrossed many Japanese smartphone users, and officials in Iwate Prefecture have found it to be a great tool to boost tourism. “By using ‘Ingress,’ we expect to publicize Iwate’s notable sightseeing spots and reconstruction sites ...

Mar 10, 2014

Big retailers doing their best to overcome consumers' fears

The retail industry has been aiding the recovery effort for primary industries in coastal Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, holding special events and campaigns to promote their products. However, food safety assurances from local farmers and fishermen haven’t always been strong enough to allay ...