Jul 4, 2015

Fuel ready to be brought to Sendai nuclear reactor

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has finished part of its pre-use inspection of the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant, NRA officials said Friday. Fuel can thus be bought to the reactor, according to the officials. Kyushu Electric, which aims ...

Jun 24, 2015

Japan may hold G-7 finance meeting in Sendai before summit

The city of Sendai is the leading candidate to host a Group of Seven finance ministers’ meeting prior to the industrialized countries’ summit in Japan next year, government sources said Tuesday. Sendai, part of the region devastated by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Vanuatu president: Storm-wrecked country must 'start anew'

Mar 16, 2015

Vanuatu president: Storm-wrecked country must 'start anew'

The government said Monday it was dispatching a team of disaster assessors to Vanuatu after infrastructure on the island archipelago suffered extensive damage in a Category 5 storm, a day after pledging aid for people left homeless. The Pacific island nation has lost years ...

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 ...

Sendai readies English guidebook for U.N. disaster confab

Mar 13, 2015

Sendai readies English guidebook for U.N. disaster confab

Local volunteers in Sendai have compiled an English guidebook detailing sites of interest and various culinary offerings in the city, and aim to hand it out during the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which starts there on Saturday. The move is aimed ...