Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Aug 10, 2016

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Four disaster-hit prefectures are counting on the frenzy sparked by “Pokemon Go” to draw more tourists. Officials from Kumamoto, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures said Wednesday they will use the popular augmented-reality game to encourage more people to visit and thereby spur reconstruction. The ...

Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

Jul 20, 2016

Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters. Titled “Rainbow Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Guide,” the leaflet, written in Japanese and ...

Jun 20, 2016

Kumamoto panel releases report on quake-recovery proposals

A panel set up by the Kumamoto Prefectural Government says the lessons learned from April’s powerful earthquakes need to be preserved and passed on to better prepare future generations for similar disasters. Doing so is important to mitigate damage from future quakes, the panel ...

Alberta's 'out of control' wildfire has jumped border into Saskatchewan

May 20, 2016

Alberta's 'out of control' wildfire has jumped border into Saskatchewan

A massive wildfire raging in Canada’s oil sands capital has moved into Alberta’s neighboring province of Saskatchewan, but officials said Thursday that they hope cooler temperatures and rain forecast for the coming days will help mitigate its spread. News of the fire’s spread comes ...