Aug 6, 2014

21 GSDF members injured as truck overturns on expressway

Twenty-one Ground Self-Defense Force members were injured Tuesday when the truck they were riding in overturned on the Tohoku Expressway in Sendai, police and firefighters said. Three of the GSDF members sustained serious injuries, including broken bones, in the accident, which took place at ...

NRA poised to greenlight restart of two Kagoshima reactors

Jul 16, 2014

NRA poised to greenlight restart of two Kagoshima reactors

The Nuclear Regulation Authority was expected Wednesday to approve the restart of two atomic reactors, in a move likely to ignite fresh protests over returning to the technology more than three years after the Fukushima meltdown crisis started. NRA officials were to make public ...

Jul 15, 2014

Sendai nuclear plant to clear safety hurdle

The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is to clear an initial safety hurdle Wednesday, a key step in what is likely to be the gradual restart of an industry idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Jul 11, 2014

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama believes Tohoku’s experiences with the March 2011 disaster s could help save lives worldwide. She wants to share some of the lessons learned from the tsunami and mega-quake at an international conference in the city next year. “Although Sendai is ...

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

May 2, 2014

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

Nuclear regulators said Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. has not provided enough information in a document outlining safety measures for two reactors the utility wants to restart. The document was submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday so the NRA can confirm ...

Mar 24, 2014

Court rejects nursery tsunami suit

The Sendai District Court rejects a lawsuit filed over schoolchildren in Miyagi Prefecture who were killed as their caretakers belatedly fled the March 2011 tsunami by car.

Suit against tsunami-hit bank fails

Feb 25, 2014

Suit against tsunami-hit bank fails

The Sendai District Court ruled Tuesday against the plaintiffs in a damages suit brought by relatives of three bank employees killed by the huge tsunami generated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake. The relatives were seeking about ¥235 million from 77 Bank, a regional ...

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

Jan 14, 2014

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

by Jumpei Sugiyama

“Have the pandas gone back to China already?” a young schoolgirl asked last spring at Yagiyama Zoological Park in tsunami-hit Sendai. Zookeeper Toshikazu Abe was at a loss for words. Indeed, Japanese and Chinese leaders had agreed in December 2011 for China to lease ...