Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Jul 11, 2014

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

by Masaaki Kameda

Some 80 Tohoku teenagers in an OECD-supported educational project will hold a cultural festival in Paris in August to express gratitude to those who supported the region’s recovery, student representatives said Friday. At an education ministry press conference in Tokyo, three students who outlined ...

From the Japanese

Jul 5, 2014

From the Japanese

by Kris Kosaka

This fourth volume of poetry from Tokyo resident Paul Rossiter conveys his 40-year relationship with Japan in collected poems both thoughtful and thought-provoking. These range from the impressions of a startled first-time tourist in 1969 through to Rossiter’s visits to Ishinomaki in Tohoku in ...

Jun 24, 2014

Farmers visit Australia for oyster tips

Oyster farmers from across Japan recently traveled to Tasmania, Australia, to learn how cultivators there raise oysters that are relatively uniform in size, and that can be sold in their shells at higher prices. Japanese consumers have traditionally used oysters as an ingredient of ...

Jun 11, 2014

U.N. ambassador highlights link between disasters, disabilities

Japan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Motohide Yoshikawa on Tuesday stressed the importance of recognizing the special needs of people with disabilities during major disasters such as the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. In such situations the needs of those with disabilities ...

Trains resume runs in hot zone

Jun 1, 2014

Trains resume runs in hot zone

Trains resumed operation Sunday on part of the Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture, marking the first runs in the hot zone since the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. “I’m happy to be back in Naraha by train,” said Tomohiro Sakamoto, 7, after ...

British fundraiser heading to Hokkaido on epic bike trip

May 29, 2014

British fundraiser heading to Hokkaido on epic bike trip

A British man is riding a motorcycle from Britain to Japan to raise money for orphans from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Before leaving, Dominic Farwell-Cooke, a 28-year-old aircraft engineer, said he wanted to help those orphaned by the tragedy as well as ...

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

Apr 9, 2014

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

by Gianni Simone

The magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, devastated the northeast, killing more than 15,000 people and causing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Observers believed the sheer size of the catastrophe ...

Tohoku residents rattled by latest evacuation

Apr 3, 2014

Tohoku residents rattled by latest evacuation

Residents of coastal areas in the Tohoku region sought refuge in nearby facilities early Thursday after an earthquake off Chile’s northern coast on Tuesday night triggered a tsunami alert. “I’m fed up with tsunami,” said Masaki Murakami, a 26-year-old company worker who took shelter ...