Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Jul 11, 2014

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama believes Tohoku’s experiences with the March 2011 disaster s could help save lives worldwide. She wants to share some of the lessons learned from the tsunami and mega-quake at an international conference in the city next year. “Although Sendai is ...

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

May 2, 2014

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

Nuclear regulators said Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. has not provided enough information in a document outlining safety measures for two reactors the utility wants to restart. The document was submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday so the NRA can confirm ...

Mar 24, 2014

Court rejects nursery tsunami suit

The Sendai District Court rejects a lawsuit filed over schoolchildren in Miyagi Prefecture who were killed as their caretakers belatedly fled the March 2011 tsunami by car.

Suit against tsunami-hit bank fails

Feb 25, 2014

Suit against tsunami-hit bank fails

The Sendai District Court ruled Tuesday against the plaintiffs in a damages suit brought by relatives of three bank employees killed by the huge tsunami generated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake. The relatives were seeking about ¥235 million from 77 Bank, a regional ...

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

Jan 14, 2014

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

by Jumpei Sugiyama

“Have the pandas gone back to China already?” a young schoolgirl asked last spring at Yagiyama Zoological Park in tsunami-hit Sendai. Zookeeper Toshikazu Abe was at a loss for words. Indeed, Japanese and Chinese leaders had agreed in December 2011 for China to lease ...

Dec 26, 2013

Akita court hits vote gap, not results

A branch of the Sendai High Court ruled Thursday that the vote weight disparity of up to 4.77 times logged in the Upper House election in July was “in a state of unconstitutionality,” but rejected the plaintiffs’ demand that the results from the Akita ...

German on lam nabbed by cops

Nov 14, 2013

German on lam nabbed by cops

A 25-year-old German man was arrested Thursday after escaping from the Miyagi Prefectural Police and being placed on a nationwide wanted list. The police identified him as Petro Vladimirovic Shchus, a self-described student with no permanent address. He broke out of the Sendai Central ...

Sep 5, 2013

New theory on 1613 mission floated

by Yugo Hirano

Historian Naotsugu Hamada has proposed a new theory about the 1613 mission that Date Masamune, Sendai’s then-feudal lord, sent to Europe and Mexico, arguing that he may have intended to use funds from trade with Mexico to reconstruct Tohoku, which had been rocked by ...

Aug 11, 2013

Okuyama secures second term as Sendai mayor

Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama appeared certain to be re-elected Sunday for her second four-year term, beating a challenger backed by the Japanese Communist Party, early returns showed. Okuyama, 62, defeated Tatsuya Kadono, 54, a senior member of a local JCP chapter, in the first ...