Apr 8, 2016

JNTO to add seven more overseas offices to bolster tourism boom

Japan will set up tourism promotion offices in seven cities abroad including Manila, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi this fiscal year to reel in more foreign visitors, tourism chief Ryoichi Matsuyama said Thursday. “We particularly want to promote the attractiveness of regional destinations in ...

Tohoku university opens to first intake of medical students

Apr 5, 2016

Tohoku university opens to first intake of medical students

Some 100 students on Tuesday entered the first medicine faculty established in a Japanese university in 37 years at Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Sendai. Set up with the aim of resolving the shortage of doctors and medical personnel in the region in ...

Ishinomaki to turn Okawa Elementary ruins into 3/11 monument

Mar 27, 2016

Ishinomaki to turn Okawa Elementary ruins into 3/11 monument

An elementary school where more than 80 pupils and teachers lost their lives as the 2011 tsunami washed out Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved to remember what happened and improve the city’s disaster preparedness, the mayor said. Public opinion was split about whether ...

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

| Mar 12, 2016

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

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Men’s pro basketball has thrived in Tohoku during the slow, difficult recovery from the March 11 disasters. Five years later, the sport has established a strong foothold and a tradition, laying the foundation for the future. A quick glance at the bj-league’s Eastern Conference ...

Hunt for missing disaster victims still confounds rescuers

Mar 11, 2016

Hunt for missing disaster victims still confounds rescuers

Five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, police in Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures are still searching for and identifying the bodies of those who went missing on March 11, 2011, though as time goes on they have fewer clues to work with. ...