267,000 still evacuees three years on

Mar 10, 2014

267,000 still evacuees three years on

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku that triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis. Police and other authorities continue to search coastal ...

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 ...

Mar 6, 2014

70% of tsunami-hit farmland to be restored in disaster areas

Some 70 percent of farmland damaged by tsunami triggered by the March 2011 earthquake is expected to be ready for use by spring, the agriculture ministry said Wednesday. The figure compares with 63 percent a year before, the ministry said. The moderate improvement reflects ...

Mar 2, 2014

Majority of Tohoku mayors say recovery slow or nonexistent

More than half of the 42 mayors of northeastern cities, towns and villages damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami describe Tohoku’s reconstruction as slow or stalled, a Kyodo News survey said Sunday. In the survey, conducted in February ahead of the third ...

Feb 13, 2014

Prefectures hardest hit by 2011 quake woefully short of personnel

Fifty municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake are likely to have a personnel shortage of more than 2,500 in fiscal 2014, which begins April 1, raising concerns about delay in reconstruction work, the municipalities said Thursday. ...