Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

Feb 26, 2014

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

The nation has lost its sense of crisis since the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, warns Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba. “The situation now is more serious than I imagined immediately after the disaster,” Toba said during an interview ...

Kennedy lauds Tohoku survivor spirit

Nov 26, 2013

Kennedy lauds Tohoku survivor spirit

New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday praised the courage and patience of people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region on the second day of her tour through the disaster-stricken area. Visiting the lone “miracle pine” that ...

Sep 11, 2013

U.S. students send 'miracle boat' back to Rikuzentakata

A boat sent adrift by the 2011 tsunami and found earlier this year on the California coast has begun its journey back to Japan, thanks to the efforts of high school students in Crescent City. The 6-meter-long fishing boat belongs to Takata High School ...

'Dark tourism' targets Tohoku zones

Aug 13, 2013

'Dark tourism' targets Tohoku zones

by Kyoko Hasegawa

Before the huge tsunami of 2011 virtually wiped it off the map, Rikuzentakata’s pristine beach and luxuriant pine forests were a well-worn stop on Japan’s tourist trail. Now the visitors are returning, but this time they want to see the devastation and the monuments ...

Restoration of 'miracle pine' enters final stage

Feb 13, 2013

Restoration of 'miracle pine' enters final stage

The restanding of the “miracle pine” that was still standing in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, after the massive March 2011 tsunami reached its final stage Tuesday as workers planted its 8-meter-long roots. The trunk and branches will be assembled starting later this month to complete ...

Abe visits disaster-hit Iwate Prefecture

Feb 10, 2013

Abe visits disaster-hit Iwate Prefecture

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visits Iwate, one of the three prefectures hit hardest by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and vows to accelerate efforts to rebuild its shattered communities.

Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

Feb 8, 2013

Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

by Masami Ito

It has been almost two years since much of Tohoku’s coastline was wiped out by tsunami on March 11. Gone are many of the destroyed buildings and vehicles that served as reminders of the horror and tragedy caused by the monster earthquake in the ...

Survivor pens 'too painful' 3/11 tale

| Dec 16, 2012

Survivor pens 'too painful' 3/11 tale

by Tomoko Otake

‘March 11, 2011 — We will never forget the day. The disaster … After the massive earthquake occurred, the huge tsunami destroyed this area. Many citizens were lost and the survived people also received the deep crack in their hearts. I had a narrow ...