Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Oct 27, 2013

Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island on Sunday and said it will be put on the fast track for designation as an area hit by a “disaster of extreme severity.” The designation would allow communities on the island about 120 km south ...

Jun 4, 2013

Nankai quake preparedness

Can Japan even begin to prepare for the effects of a future Nankai Trough quake? A Cabinet office final report has a sober warning.

| Apr 28, 2013

Disaster long lurked amid Japan's isolation

by Michael Hoffman

“The evolution of political thought in this relatively isolated island nation during the period in question is unique to the point of being somewhat freakish.” This gives a reader pause. Freakish? The judgment is historian Hiroshi Watanabe’s in “A History of Japanese Political Thought, ...

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 ...