Mar 15, 2014

Disaster supplies on shaky ground

In the three years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, a survey finds that a large percentage of municipalities across the country still have not taken steps to ensure enough food or fuel to operate for more than a day if another serious earthquake ...

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 ...

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

Mar 11, 2014

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

The staggering loss of life and property still overwhelms people who were caught up in the historic magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast three years ago, and for many of the survivors, rebuilding their lives has been a slow process. The ...

Reactors still feared despite new rules

Mar 11, 2014

Reactors still feared despite new rules

by Yuriy Humber and Masumi Suga

The cost of restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants: ¥1.3 trillion and counting. That is the amount power companies have committed so far on thousands of tons of reinforced concrete and steel, armies of workers, tsunami walls and seismic tests. It has all been to ...

Widower to tsunami dives on in hope

Mar 11, 2014

Widower to tsunami dives on in hope

by Harumi Ozawa

Yasuo Takamatsu, 57, grunts with the effort of hoisting a scuba diving tank onto his back as he prepares to step into the cold waters off the tsunami-ravaged Tohoku coast to look for the body of his wife, one of thousands still missing three ...

Mar 11, 2014

Prolonged evacuee life takes toll

Asako Kanno was living in temporary housing about 22 months after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster when her health suddenly deteriorated. “I had pounding headaches and felt dizzy and nauseous,” Kanno, 72, recalled. “There was also buzzing in my ...

Kids' books donated to disaster-hit Miyagi city

Mar 11, 2014

Kids' books donated to disaster-hit Miyagi city

by Satoshi Iizuka

Children and grownups in Higashimatsushima, a city in Miyagi Prefecture that was devastated by the tsunami from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, are now able to read around 1,500 picture books donated by Taro Gomi, a well-known author of children’s books. The ...

Mar 11, 2014

Kennedy sends support tweet

The U.S. military on Tuesday vowed continued support for rebuilding the Tohoku region, while Ambassador Caroline Kennedy sent out a message on Twitter saying, “In my prayers today: The women and men of Tohoku who are rebuilding their communities.” In a statement issued by ...