Fukushima hotline gets record calls

| Jun 15, 2014

Fukushima hotline gets record calls

A suicide-prevention hotline in Fukushima Prefecture received a record 18,194 calls in 2013, signaling that scars from the events of March 2011 still weigh heavily on residents’ minds. Counselors at the hotline, Fukushima Inochi no Denwa, say consultations related to the triple disaster still ...

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 ...

Disaster debris trains make final run

Jan 13, 2014

Disaster debris trains make final run

The cargo trains dedicated to bringing disaster debris from Tohoku to Tokyo ended operations Monday because the volume of the rubble has been substantially reduced two years and 10 months after a massive offshore earthquake and tsunami wrecked its Pacific coastline in March 2011. ...

Sep 29, 2013

'Convincing' search needed: Ishiba

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba said Sunday that a “convincing” effort must be made to find funds for disaster-hit Tohoku if it agrees to end the special corporate tax for reconstruction a year early. “The LDP is worried about whether it will be ...

Mayor gets disaster response award

Sep 3, 2013

Mayor gets disaster response award

The mayor of the village of Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, won a U.N.-sponsored award Monday for his prompt response to the March 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, when he worked to save 1,600 people from high-level radiation. ...

Tohoku boat found in Sea of Japan

Aug 4, 2013

Tohoku boat found in Sea of Japan

A fishing boat from tsunami-ravaged Kesennuma is found on the other side of Honshu in the Sea of Japan after apparently circulating across the Pacific and back.

Letting opportunity slip away

Jul 6, 2013

Letting opportunity slip away

by Jeff Kingston

So why hasn't March 11, 2011, been the game-changer that many anticipated? Richard Samuels' masterful account of Japan's policy responses to its greatest crisis since World War II explains why continuity has trumped change. But maybe, just maybe, it hasn't, as he also reminds ...

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

Jun 27, 2013

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

by Kazuaki Nagata

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency discloses a radiation map showing how iodine-131 likely spread in the early stages of the Fukushima meltdowns, a development that could help doctors locate unsuspecting cancer victims.

Jun 14, 2013

Reconstruction official hit for 'offensive' tweets

The Reconstruction Agency may punish its senior bureaucrat responsible for providing support to people affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, for allegedly posting disparaging tweets against Diet lawmakers and civic groups.