Tsunami-hit fishermen tap Net to regroup

Mar 10, 2014

Tsunami-hit fishermen tap Net to regroup

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Kazuki Suzuki, a 32-year-old oyster farmer from Ishinomaki, a city washed off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been marketing his produce through his Yahoo! page for about a year now. He is just one of a ...

Mar 10, 2014

Big retailers doing their best to overcome consumers' fears

The retail industry has been aiding the recovery effort for primary industries in coastal Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, holding special events and campaigns to promote their products. However, food safety assurances from local farmers and fishermen haven’t always been strong enough to allay ...

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

| Mar 7, 2014

Nagoya students give up time for 3/11 survivors

This month marks the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Students from Nagoya Gakuin University in Aichi Prefecture have continued to do volunteer work in affected areas, ensuring that the victims are not forgotten. Using their spring break, 46 students are currently ...

Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

Mar 5, 2014

Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

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When Masayuki Sasayama’s house was swept away by the tsunami three years ago, he was temporarily separated from his family and forced to stay in an evacuation shelter, but the tragedy did not stop him from helping preserve his hometown’s “kagura,” a traditional performance ...

Mar 2, 2014

Over 30% of 3/11 kids hit by PTSD

More than 30 percent of children caught up in the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami in Tohoku are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the health ministry says.

Feb 27, 2014

Decision not to indict Kan over 3/11 upheld

An independent judicial panel has upheld the Tokyo prosecutors’ decision last September not to indict former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and five other people over the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, panel sources said. The 11-member panel of citizens reviewed the ...

Feb 23, 2014

Iwate, Miyagi to finish quake debris disposal in March

Iwate and Miyagi prefectures plan to complete their debris disposal work from the Great East Japan Earthquake by the end of March, as scheduled. Of the 16.94 million tons of debris generated by the quake and tsunami in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, some ...

Vets reopen clinic, care for displaced people's pets

Feb 18, 2014

Vets reopen clinic, care for displaced people's pets

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Despite having to evacuate their hometown because of the nuclear crisis there, a husband-and-wife veterinarian couple are continuing to provide a vital service to pet owners from near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Michiko Watanabe, 55, and her husband, Seido, 54, reopened ...