Namie radiation evacuees fear return

Oct 26, 2016

Namie radiation evacuees fear return

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Weed-engulfed buildings and shuttered businesses paint an eerie picture of a coastal Japanese town abandoned after a monstrous earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns in the Fukushima nuclear plant. Namie, one of the communities hardest hit by the 2011 disaster, had 21,000 residents before they ...

Airbnb scores tourism-promotion deal with city in Iwate

Oct 24, 2016

Airbnb scores tourism-promotion deal with city in Iwate

Airbnb Inc., a popular U.S. online marketplace and home-stay network, and Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, have agreed to join hands on promoting tourism in the city, the company’s first deal with a Japanese municipality. The city in Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeast is scheduled to host matches ...

Fan club formed to promote Fukushima produce

Sep 14, 2016

Fan club formed to promote Fukushima produce

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Nearly 5½ years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, a fan club was launched last week with an ambitious membership goal: gain 200,000 members by 2020 and boost the region’s products in the process. Called Team Fukushima Pride, the project’s fans aren’t devoted ...

Jul 29, 2016

Miyagi beach opens for first time since 3/11

A beach in Miyagi Prefecture opened Friday for the first time since a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan in March 2011. Shobuta Beach in the town of Shichigahama will be open for 10 days through Aug. 7 following solid progress in reconstruction ...