Mar 10, 2015

Tohoku slowly on the mend

Four years after the 3/11 disasters, the government needs to look closely at what can be done to support people in the disaster-ravaged areas of Tohoku and take flexible steps to help them stand on their feet again.

88 bodies from 3/11 remain unidentified 3½ years on

Sep 11, 2014

88 bodies from 3/11 remain unidentified 3½ years on

Three and a half years after 3/11, signs of the disasters are still visible, and the bodies of 88 victims in the three hardest-hit prefectures remain unidentified. Police and other authorities continue to search for the missing, while many survivors remain stuck in temporary ...

Mar 14, 2014

Japan should make disaster the mother of invention


In the decades since World War II ended, Japan has repeatedly demonstrated its technological genius. So why does it treat the 3-year-old Fukushima nuclear tragedy as a farce by pushing to reopen many of its 48 commercial reactors instead of driving to achieve sustainable ...

Oct 21, 2013

Tohoku's disaster zone cranks up concrete output

Concrete output is being ramped up in the coastal areas of three Tohoku region prefectures hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in anticipation of port and road reconstruction getting into full swing starting from fiscal 2014. Demand for concrete is expected ...

Sep 13, 2013

Housing help for evacuees

The central and local governments must be ready to help both evacuees who want to return home and those who want to settle in new places.

Tohoku still in dire need of medical support

Sep 11, 2013

Tohoku still in dire need of medical support

Thirty months after tsunami devastated the Tohoku coast, residents are still facing a lack of medical services because of delays in restarting damaged hospitals and clinics and the closures of others. To overcome the shortage of medical staff in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, ...