Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

| Mar 21, 2014

Kagome turns to Tohoku to grow its tomatoes

Nagoya company Kagome Co. is promoting tomato cultivation in areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The tomato ketchup and vegetable-based beverage maker has been expanding local production of tomatoes as part of its goal to produce its tomato juice entirely within ...

Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

Mar 14, 2014

Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

An illustrated book created by a nonprofit organization in Aichi Prefecture to inform children how to protect themselves in an earthquake is winning wide-ranging praise. The NPO Kasumin, based in the city of Kasugai, issued “Jishin ga Kitara — Bosai-ehon” (“When a Quake Hits ...

Mar 11, 2014

JR West stages Kii tsunami exercise

In preparation for an anticipated major quake in the Nankai Trough, West Japan Railway Co. held an earthquake emergency drill Tuesday on the southern coastline of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture. The exercise, on the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, ...

Governments not ready for disaster

Mar 9, 2014

Governments not ready for disaster

As many as 22 percent of municipalities across the country do not have stockpiles of fuel to operate emergency generators for half a day or longer, according to a survey of major local governments. Of the 98 governments — prefectures, ordinance-designated major cities and ...

Mar 3, 2014

M6.6 quake hits southwestern Japan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 jolted southwestern parts of Japan early Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued after the 5:11 a.m. quake, originating around 120 km underground off the coast of the main island of ...

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

Feb 25, 2014

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

by Yugo Hirano

Laughter is often heard from some 40 elderly people who receive day care services at a care home in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, thanks to the presence of a Filipino worker. “When I speak in English, grandpas seem delighted,” Charito Ito said, revealing her secret ...

Feb 23, 2014

Iwate, Miyagi to finish quake debris disposal in March

Iwate and Miyagi prefectures plan to complete their debris disposal work from the Great East Japan Earthquake by the end of March, as scheduled. Of the 16.94 million tons of debris generated by the quake and tsunami in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, some ...

Feb 22, 2014

N.Z. city marks 2011 quake anniversary

A memorial service commemorating the third anniversary of the Christchurch quake, which claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, was held Saturday in the city’s botanical gardens. The civic ceremony was attended by Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya, Japanese Ambassador ...

Feb 20, 2014

Fukushima stress deaths top 3/11 toll

Stress and other illnesses related to the 2011 quake and tsunami has killed 1,656 people in Fukushima Prefecture, outnumbering the 1,607 whose deaths were directly tied to disaster-caused injuries.

Feb 13, 2014

Prefectures hardest hit by 2011 quake woefully short of personnel

Fifty municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake are likely to have a personnel shortage of more than 2,500 in fiscal 2014, which begins April 1, raising concerns about delay in reconstruction work, the municipalities said Thursday. ...