Grateful Tohoku students express thanks with concert in Big Apple

Mar 24, 2013

Grateful Tohoku students express thanks with concert in Big Apple

About 70 students from the Tohoku region gave a concert Friday in New York to express their gratitude for U.S. support after the March 2011 disasters. The students, assembled from five high schools in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, sang Verdi’s “Requiem” accompanied by ...

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

Mar 20, 2013

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

by Rene Chen

When a massive dock drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the U.S. West Coast after the Great East Japan Earthquake, it brought along more than the invasive “wakame” kelp and mussels that were attached to it. The city of Newport, Oregon, where ...

U.S. facing 221,000 tons of debris

Mar 17, 2013

U.S. facing 221,000 tons of debris

A total of 221,000 tons of debris from the tsunami that crashed into Tohoku in 2011 is expected to wash up on North America by October, the Environment Ministry said. The cumulative volume of debris traversing the Pacific and reaching the west coast of ...

Tsunami trash a long-term hazard

Mar 15, 2013

Tsunami trash a long-term hazard

by Richard Ingham

The tsunami that ravaged Tohoku in March 2011 swept some 5 million metric tons of shattered buildings, cars, household goods and other rubble into the sea. About 3.5 million metric tons, according to official Japanese estimates, sank immediately, leaving some 1.5 million metric tons ...

Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

Feb 4, 2013

Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

by Eric Johnston

Members of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s local party, Osaka Ishin no Kai, and New Komeito, which form the ruling coalition in the municipal assembly, voted against an ordinance proposal Monday that would have clarified the city’s financial responsibilities in the event of health problems ...

West Coast tsunami dock from Aomori

Jan 19, 2013

West Coast tsunami dock from Aomori

A 19-meter-long dock that washed up on the coast of Washington last month is tsunami debris from Aomori Prefecture, state authorities confirmed Thursday. The dock was spotted by helicopter on a rugged beach within Olympic National Park on Dec. 18 after the crew of ...