Tsunami victims forget relocation as progress stalls

Mar 12, 2014

Tsunami victims forget relocation as progress stalls

Twenty percent of households that were part of community resettlement plans as a result of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake have dropped out over the past year as progress on the projects has stalled, according to data from the Reconstruction Agency. Municipal governments ...

267,000 still evacuees three years on

Mar 10, 2014

267,000 still evacuees three years on

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku that triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis. Police and other authorities continue to search coastal ...

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 ...