267,000 still evacuees three years on

Mar 10, 2014

267,000 still evacuees three years on

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku that triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis. Police and other authorities continue to search coastal ...

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

Dec 18, 2013

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

The occupants of the last evacuation center for people displaced by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis will find new homes by the end of this year, the mayor of an evacuated town in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday. “We will step forward ...

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

| Dec 15, 2013

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

A private high school in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, will close for good at the end of March because the nuclear disaster has decimated enrollment, school officials said. Shoei High School, founded in 1957, will be the first in the prefecture to close its doors ...

Many evacuees still in temp housing

Dec 4, 2013

Many evacuees still in temp housing

The occupancy rate for makeshift housing units set up after the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami is still at more than 85 percent in the three hardest-hit prefectures, 1,000 days since the twin disasters struck.

Nov 12, 2013

Little hope of evacuee homecoming

There is still little prospect that nuclear refugees will be able to return to their homes near the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, the government said in a new report. The report, submitted to the Diet on Tuesday, notes that the reclassification of evacuation ...

Nov 8, 2013

Agency gives ¥7.6 billion for housing

The Reconstruction Agency said Friday it will grant Fukushima Prefecture and two municipalities ¥7.63 billion in housing subsidies for people forced out of their homes by the March 2011 nuclear catastrophe. In the second allocation of such subsidies, the prefecture as well as the ...

Plan to get all evacuees back home is stalling

Nov 6, 2013

Plan to get all evacuees back home is stalling

People forced to flee the radiation in Fukushima Prefecture who probably never will be able to return home may get relocation support, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry To­shi­mi­tsu Mo­te­gi suggets.

More Japanese nuclear refugees sue Tepco, government

Sep 17, 2013

More Japanese nuclear refugees sue Tepco, government

A total of 171 people from Fukushima Prefecture who had to flee their homes because of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant sued Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the central government Tuesday for ¥1.62 billion in damages. The plaintiffs, from 60 ...