Mar 16, 2015

Pacific Island nations look forward to May summit in Japan

The leaders of several Pacific Island nations and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are building up expectations for an upcoming summit in Japan. Representatives of the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum are scheduled to meet in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in May. Meeting Sunday on the fringes ...

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 ...

Japan in Peril? 9 Crisis Scenarios

Feb 21, 2015

Japan in Peril? 9 Crisis Scenarios

by Delaney Lake

After researching the causes and consequences of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation was determined to change the way Japan responds to future disasters. Japan in Peril?, by Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation Yoichi Funabashi 199 pages.CLSA Books, Nonfiction. The ...

Feb 10, 2015

Numerical targets eyed for U.N. action plan to reduce disasters

A new action plan to be adopted next month at the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai may contain numerical targets aimed at reducing the number of victims and economic loss during disasters, a U.N. special representative on disasters said. Margareta ...

Jan 18, 2015

Bill in works to turn March 11 into disaster day holiday

A group of politicians has drafted legislation to make March 11 a national holiday to remember the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wrecked much of the Tohoku region in 2011. Many parts of Tohoku, especially the Pacific coastline, were devastated by ...

Toranomon Hills complex conducts Tokyo disaster drill

Jan 16, 2015

Toranomon Hills complex conducts Tokyo disaster drill

by Kazuaki Nagata

A major commercial complex in Tokyo opened its doors to hypothetical disaster victims Friday to test its staff’s ability to handle a citywide emergency. The exercise took place at Mori Building Co.’s new Toranomon Hills complex, where commuters might seek shelter and sustenance in ...

Jan 5, 2015

U.N. disaster conference scheduled for Sendai in March

Tens of thousands of civil servants and representatives of nongovernmental organizations are to meet in the Tohoku region this spring to examine global approaches to disaster response. The U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in the city of Sendai from ...

Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

| Nov 16, 2014

Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

A Tokyo machinery maker will launch a cutting-edge research and development center for robots in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in April to support the recovery of the disaster-hit prefecture. Kikuchi Seisakusho Co., led by President and CEO Isao Kikuchi, a native of the local village ...