Jun 3, 2014

Abe government backs beefed-up quake preparedness goals

The Abe administration has decided on a set of goals to boost preparedness for major earthquakes and other disasters, including increasing the number of quake-resistant homes and firefighting units tasked with providing emergency relief. In endorsing the a basic plan to improve disaster preparedness ...

May 19, 2014

Miyagi teachers release 'to-do' list for tsunami preparation

The Miyagi Prefecture teachers’ union is urging other professionals to draw on lessons learned in the 2011 tsunami zone before disaster strikes again. The union has sent about 15,000 copies of a to-do list to teachers’ unions and other organizations across the country, encouraging ...

Fukushima evacuee writes book on ordeal

Mar 3, 2014

Fukushima evacuee writes book on ordeal

A woman who fled her hometown near the Fukushima No. 1 power plant during the nuclear crisis in 2011 has published an illustrated book depicting the struggles of those who were forced to relocate by the radioactive fallout. With the book titled “Someday . ...

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

Feb 26, 2014

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

The nation has lost its sense of crisis since the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, warns Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba. “The situation now is more serious than I imagined immediately after the disaster,” Toba said during an interview ...

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.