Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Mar 16, 2015

Communities in Japan drafting their own disaster plans

Local communities across Japan are increasingly adopting new approaches to disaster risks without waiting for central authorities to show them what to do. The measures include neighborhood tsunami risk maps, locally planned evacuation routes and community-level disaster drills. Representatives on Saturday spoke of their ...

Google releases new Street View images of disaster-hit Tohoku

Mar 12, 2015

Google releases new Street View images of disaster-hit Tohoku

Google Inc. on Wednesday released new Street View images showing the present condition of the Tohoku region devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as the country marked the fourth anniversary of the disaster, which left more than 18,000 people dead or missing. ...

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 ...