A year on, Tohoku stuck in limbo

| Mar 11, 2012

A year on, Tohoku stuck in limbo

by Jun Hongo

Located roughly 23 km from Fukushima’s crippled nuclear plant, Hirono Station today is the northernmost stop on the JR Joban Line for passengers traveling up Tohoku’s coast from Tokyo. The exclusion zone around the Fukushima No. 1 plant begins just 3 km farther up ...

Fisheries rebound at sporadic pace

| Mar 7, 2012

Fisheries rebound at sporadic pace

by Setsuko Kamiya

On a late February afternoon, 66-year-old Masakazu Haga prepared mackerel at his new temporary fish processing compound, erected on elevated ground in the Akahama district facing Otsuchi Bay in Iwate Prefecture. The compound stands out because it’s one of the few new structures in ...