Amphibious flood vehicle unveiled

Feb 20, 2014

Amphibious flood vehicle unveiled

Motorcycle chain manufacturer Daido Kogyo Co. said Wednesday it has developed a small electric vehicle that can move across the water in floods and other disaster situations. The company in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, aims to start selling the four-seat car, dubbed FOMM Concept One, ...

Jan 29, 2014

Palace park to be used in disasters

The park surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace will be declared a base for the Self-Defense Forces, police and fire services in the event of a natural disaster, prefectural officials said Wednesday. The city of nearly 1.5 million people currently has no base for coordinating ...

Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Oct 27, 2013

Oshima to be designated special disaster area: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island on Sunday and said it will be put on the fast track for designation as an area hit by a “disaster of extreme severity.” The designation would allow communities on the island about 120 km south ...

Jun 4, 2013

Nankai quake preparedness

Can Japan even begin to prepare for the effects of a future Nankai Trough quake? A Cabinet office final report has a sober warning.

| Apr 28, 2013

Disaster long lurked amid Japan's isolation

by Michael Hoffman

“The evolution of political thought in this relatively isolated island nation during the period in question is unique to the point of being somewhat freakish.” This gives a reader pause. Freakish? The judgment is historian Hiroshi Watanabe’s in “A History of Japanese Political Thought, ...

Mar 26, 2013

World must anticipate 3/11-level disasters: U.N. official

Massive earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disasters must be anticipated globally as major risks in the future, a senior U.N. official in charge of disaster-mitigation policy has said. “We have to learn how to imagine these things — because they are going to happen — ...

Mar 13, 2013

Trial run of disaster warning system via SNS to start in summer

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency plans this summer to test a disaster warning system using Internet-based social-networking services, drawing lessons from the March 2011 catastrophe when telephone services were cut and the emergency number did not function, agency officials said Tuesday. The system, ...

Iwate daily prints extra edition to mark disaster anniversary

Mar 12, 2013

Iwate daily prints extra edition to mark disaster anniversary

A daily newspaper in Iwate Prefecture on Monday issued extra editions in Tokyo and elsewhere to express appreciation for nationwide relief efforts and to report on the progress being made on reconstruction. Iwate Nippo’s special edition, featuring stories in Japanese and English about foreigners ...