Nov 29, 2015

Tsunami fears haunt residents of recovering Iwate town

A “disaster-prevention tour guide” led dozens of people earlier this month along a 10-meter-high seawall overlooking the Taro district in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, where monster tsunami wreaked havoc in March 2011. “This seawall was built not to prevent the tsunami, but to give people ...

Jul 10, 2015

Predawn M5.7 quake jolts Iwate; no disruptions reported

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck Iwate Prefecture early Friday morning, the Meteorological Agency said. It said there was no risk of tsunami. Firefighters said a woman in her 70s in the prefectural capital Morioka was hurt after falling following the ...

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

Apr 11, 2015

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer


The society of Takuboku Ishikawa’s era was in dramatic political flux, and its complex issues became his personal obsessions. After his death, Takuboku’s preoccupations came to be seen as a symbol of the social and emotional upheavals of his times. The key word in ...

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 ...