Dec 29, 2015

Mitsubishi to launch fund to support Tohoku recovery

Giant trading house Mitsubishi Corp. is considering establishing an investment fund for industrial promotion to accelerate reconstruction of the Tohoku region, which was damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, it was learned Monday. “We need to help create new industries in Tohoku,” ...

Dec 28, 2015

2015 census finds record population drop in tsunami-hit area

Twelve coastal municipalities in Iwate Prefecture hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami saw a record aggregate five-year drop in population, according to preliminary results of the 2015 national census. The population of the 12 cities totaled 251,325 as of Oct. 1, down ...

New subway line opens in disaster-hit Sendai

Dec 6, 2015

New subway line opens in disaster-hit Sendai

A new subway line connecting a tsunami-hit coastal area of Sendai to the center of the city went into service Sunday, more than four years after the region was devastated in the March 11, 2011, disaster. The 13.9-kilometer Tozai Line runs east to west ...

From Paris to Seoul, death of manga artist Mizuki is mourned

Dec 1, 2015

From Paris to Seoul, death of manga artist Mizuki is mourned

Manga artist Shigeru Mizuki’s global following has been making itself felt since his death Monday. Mizuki, whose real name was Shigeru Mura, was best known in Japan for his “GeGeGe no Kitaro” series depicting yokai, the spirits and monsters of traditional folklore. In an ...