Nov 22, 2013

Nankai tsunami defense boosted

The Diet on Friday unanimously enacted a law to increase funding for municipalities to prepare for potential tsunami from a powerful quake centered on the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan. Under the new law, the central government will shoulder three-quarters of the ...

Oct 31, 2013

Osaka warns of dire Nankai quake toll

The disastrous earthquake expected to occur in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast could cause more than 130,000 deaths in Osaka alone, the prefectural government said Wednesday. If people do not act promptly to escape the tsunami spawned by the quake, the death ...

Sep 20, 2013

M5.3 earthquake rocks Fukushima

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked Japan’s Fukushima prefecture early Friday morning, U.S. seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The epicenter of the earthquake was 22 km below the ground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck 20 km west of Iwaki, ...

Sep 12, 2013

The buck stops nowhere

The prosecution's decision to not indict any Tepco officials in connection with the Fukushima nuclear disaster is an affront to the hundreds of thousands of victims.

'Dark tourism' targets Tohoku zones

Aug 13, 2013

'Dark tourism' targets Tohoku zones

by Kyoko Hasegawa

Before the huge tsunami of 2011 virtually wiped it off the map, Rikuzentakata’s pristine beach and luxuriant pine forests were a well-worn stop on Japan’s tourist trail. Now the visitors are returning, but this time they want to see the devastation and the monuments ...

Aug 8, 2013

Nearly 90% of public schools deemed quake resistant

The government says 88.9 percent of the country’s public elementary and junior high school buildings are up to code for withstanding a strong earthquake, an improvement of 4.1 percentage points from a year earlier. The percentage roughly doubled from 44.5 percent in the first ...

Red Cross honors nurse from Ishinomaki

Jul 23, 2013

Red Cross honors nurse from Ishinomaki

by Kazusa Tamai

Aiko Kin, a 59-year-old nurse in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross for her dedication to the victims of the 2011 quake and tsunami. Kin, deputy director and head nurse at the ...

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

Jul 16, 2013

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

The iconic, 3,776-meter-high Mount Fuji may violently erupt if a major earthquake were to rip open its magma chamber, according to a team of researchers. The researchers include those from the state-run National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, or AIST. Mount Fuji, ...

| Jun 23, 2013

Happiness: Abenomics falls short

by Jeff Kingston

What makes people happy? The global trend toward quantifying happiness certainly got a big boost from Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan kingdom that has championed and made a cottage industry out of the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It’s a cool idea, one that ...