Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Apr 24, 2014

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The twist on time travel debuted Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google Maps, which attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an ...

Jimmy Choo releases shoe range to promote Fukushima artisans

Apr 21, 2014

Jimmy Choo releases shoe range to promote Fukushima artisans

Designer Jimmy Choo has unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there. Choo was inspired to come up with the creations after visiting ...

Apr 9, 2014

Chile response to giant quake drew on 3/11

A senior Chilean government official said lessons learned from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters as well as from the 2010 huge temblor in Chile were useful in dealing with a powerful earthquake that hit his country last week. “There is a lot we ...

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

Apr 7, 2014

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

For the first time since the nuclear crisis began, the evacuated town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, like elsewhere around the country, held opening ceremonies for schools and kindergartens on Monday — albeit at a new location in the neighboring city of Iwaki. Until Monday, ...

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

Apr 3, 2014

Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery

by Ryotaro Nakamaru

A little more than three years after the devastating earthquake paralyzed the northeast, coastal communities shattered by the ensuing tsunami are slowly returning to normal. Shops that were destroyed are gradually reopening. Residents forced to evacuate to distant parts are returning to their hometowns. ...

Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

Mar 26, 2014

Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

by Kiyoshi Numata

More than 10 glass-plate negatives of photos taken by an amateur photographer showing damage inflicted on a town in Iwate Prefecture by a devastating earthquake and tsunami 118 years ago were discovered recently, with experts describing them as important for both disaster studies and ...

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

Mar 21, 2014

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

by Makoto Sekiya

People with disabilities living in Fukushima Prefecture are doing their best to promote the area by making craft goods that are proving popular both at home and overseas. Before the 2011 disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, a ...

Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

| Mar 21, 2014

Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

Nagoya company Kagome Co. is promoting tomato cultivation in areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The tomato ketchup and vegetable-based beverage maker has been expanding local production of tomatoes as part of its goal to produce its tomato juice entirely within ...

Aging 3/11 foster folks facing health worries

Mar 13, 2014

Aging 3/11 foster folks facing health worries

Three years after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami heavily damaged the Tohoku region, many children orphaned by the disasters are in the care of grandparents or other elderly relatives who are facing health concerns that could limit their ability to continue as foster ...