Jan 30, 2016

J-Village to serve as 2020 Olympic soccer training center

The men’s and women’s national soccer teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will use the J-Village national soccer training center, currently serving as Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s forward base in dealing with the Fukushima nuclear crisis, as their training base, the Japan Football Association ...

Fukushima youth drum troupe to play U.S.

Jan 29, 2016

Fukushima youth drum troupe to play U.S.

A taiko drum ensemble of young performers from disaster-stricken Fukushima Prefecture are busy sharpening their thunderous drumbeats as they prepare for their upcoming performance scheduled for March 22 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Almost five years after the catastrophe, members of the Yamakiya Taiko group ...

Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says

Jan 28, 2016

Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is not over five years since a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns. “There is no doubt” radioactive materials have been seeping into the sea after ...

Jan 27, 2016

Fukushima fishermen to expand operations off crippled nuclear plant

Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday they plan to scale down their self-imposed fishing ban in waters off the damaged nuclear power plant due mainly to a substantial decline in radioactive cesium levels. The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations is considering narrowing ...

Fukushima-themed opera staged in Germany

Jan 27, 2016

Fukushima-themed opera staged in Germany

An opera about Japan’s disaster-devastated Fukushima Prefecture has received its world premiere at an opera house in the northern German city of Hamburg. Composed by Japanese musician Toshio Hosokawa and directed by the writer of its original story, Oriza Hirata, “Umi, Shizukana Umi” (“Stilles ...

Jan 25, 2016

Fukushima towns to partner with Ghana, Netherlands for Olympics

Two municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture are poised to partner up with Ghana and the Netherlands in a central government project to promote exchanges between local people and athletes coming to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The town of Inawashiro and the city of ...