Mar 26, 2013

World must anticipate 3/11-level disasters: U.N. official

Massive earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disasters must be anticipated globally as major risks in the future, a senior U.N. official in charge of disaster-mitigation policy has said. “We have to learn how to imagine these things — because they are going to happen — ...

Mar 13, 2013

Trial run of disaster warning system via SNS to start in summer

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency plans this summer to test a disaster warning system using Internet-based social-networking services, drawing lessons from the March 2011 catastrophe when telephone services were cut and the emergency number did not function, agency officials said Tuesday. The system, ...

Iwate daily prints extra edition to mark disaster anniversary

Mar 12, 2013

Iwate daily prints extra edition to mark disaster anniversary

A daily newspaper in Iwate Prefecture on Monday issued extra editions in Tokyo and elsewhere to express appreciation for nationwide relief efforts and to report on the progress being made on reconstruction. Iwate Nippo’s special edition, featuring stories in Japanese and English about foreigners ...

More than 9,500 aftershocks logged since mega-quake

Mar 12, 2013

More than 9,500 aftershocks logged since mega-quake

The number of noticeable aftershocks related to the Great East Japan Earthquake that rocked northeast Japan in March 2011 had reached 9,577 as of Monday, the Meteorological Agency said. The tremors are continuing to rattle the country two years on, though with lessening frequency, ...

Mar 9, 2013

Google, local governments to share evacuation info

Google Japan Inc. has reached an agreement with seven regional governments to work together to provide evacuation information to residents. Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Gifu, Mie and Tokushima prefectures, as well as the cities of Chiba and Kawasaki, agreed to provide relevant information to Google if ...

LDP gives victims disaster relief pitch

Mar 6, 2013

LDP gives victims disaster relief pitch

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is striving to ensure that evacuees from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami can mark the second anniversary of the disasters with hope for the future, former LDP Vice President Tadamori Oshima said. Nearly two years after the disasters ...

Student to speak at U.N.

Mar 6, 2013

Student to speak at U.N.

An 18-year-old high school student who plans to attend a special U.N. session in New York told reporters in Tokyo that she hopes to convey her desire to rebuild her quake- and tsunami-hit community, which was devastated by the March 2011 disasters. “Reconstruction has ...

Mar 1, 2013

Reform is needed to get crisis info flowing: Edano

Creating a system to ensure the speedy delivery of information to the prime minister’s office during an emergency is an urgent task for the government, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said in a recent interview. Ahead of the two-year anniversary of the March ...

Volunteers return from abroad to aid Tohoku

Feb 22, 2013

Volunteers return from abroad to aid Tohoku

by Megumi Yamaguchi

When the catastrophic earthquake of March 11, 2011, struck the Tohoku region, Makoto Yanagisawa was researching stem cells at a university laboratory in the United States. “I was thinking of returning (to Japan) someday, but decided to do so sooner after I kept seeing ...