Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

Mar 5, 2015

Fukushima fears no longer a drag on tourism

by Anne Beade

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster laid waste to Japan’s tourism industry even as it left the Tohoku coastline in ruins, killed thousands and sparked the worst nuclear crisis in a generation. But four years later, tourism is bouncing back, shattering expectations on visitor ...

Mar 5, 2015

Municipal worker shortage still serious in three Tohoku prefectures

Fifty municipalities in three northeastern prefectures heavily affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are facing a shortage of 277 workers needed for repair and reconstruction work. The shortage, particularly serious for engineers, has raised concerns about possible delays in the reconstruction work ...

More Fukushima evacuees are deciding to stay away for good

Mar 4, 2015

More Fukushima evacuees are deciding to stay away for good

Around 120,000 residents of Fukushima Prefecture remain evacuees due to lingering fears of radiation exposure four years after the start of the nuclear crisis. Although the central government lifted evacuation orders on some areas last year, evacuees have been slow to move back and ...

Mar 3, 2015

Over 1,700 business failures linked to March 2011 triple disaster

A total of 1,726 businesses went bankrupt due to reasons linked to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear disaster, according to Teikoku Databank Ltd. Liabilities left by the failed companies comes to ¥1.56 trillion, the private credit research company said ...

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

Mar 2, 2015

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

An album of poetry composed by people affected by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster will be released March 11, the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the crisis. Veteran actress Sayuri Yoshinaga, 69, who has made reciting atomic bomb poetry ...

Prince William encourages Miyagi 3/11 survivors

Mar 1, 2015

Prince William encourages Miyagi 3/11 survivors

Britain’s Prince William expressed sympathy Sunday at a meeting with survivors of the 2011 quake and tsunami during a visit to Miyagi Prefecture. During the meeting in the devastated city of Ishinomaki, the 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge told a couple who lost their children ...

Britain's Prince William visits Fukushima with Abe

Feb 28, 2015

Britain's Prince William visits Fukushima with Abe

Britain’s Prince William visited Fukushima on Saturday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attempt to allay safety concerns in the prefecture due to the nuclear disaster. The 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who arrived Thursday on his first visit to Japan, ate Japanese cuisine made ...