Disaster-hit town gets Kuma plan

May 27, 2014

Disaster-hit town gets Kuma plan

World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma has released his plan to revive the once prosperous Shizugawa district in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was ravaged by the March 2011 tsunami. The town-sponsored project is aimed at reviving Shizugawa’s old town as an area where residents can gather. ...

Mar 2, 2014

Majority of Tohoku mayors say recovery slow or nonexistent

More than half of the 42 mayors of northeastern cities, towns and villages damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami describe Tohoku’s reconstruction as slow or stalled, a Kyodo News survey said Sunday. In the survey, conducted in February ahead of the third ...

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

Feb 26, 2014

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

The nation has lost its sense of crisis since the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, warns Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba. “The situation now is more serious than I imagined immediately after the disaster,” Toba said during an interview ...

Dec 3, 2013

Fukushima voter discontent

Voters' defeat of incumbent mayors in Fukushima Prefecture should flag the Abe administration that they not happy with the slow pace of reconstruction from the nuclear disaster in March 2011.

Nov 11, 2013

Abe gets blessing to use public funds for recovery

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday to accelerate Fukushima’s recovery from one of the world’s worst nuclear crises as he received a ruling bloc proposal for greater government involvement and use of taxpayer money to this end. The government is thus expected to spend ...