Fighting to recover from the ocean's wrath

| Apr 25, 2015

Fighting to recover from the ocean's wrath

by Philip Brasor

On April 11, Wataru Takeshita, the minister for reconstruction of the areas most seriously affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, met in Kamaishi with local government representatives to discuss the budget for Iwate Prefecture. After the meeting, the mayor of Kamaishi spoke to ...

Failing to rebuild communities in Tohoku

| Mar 14, 2015

Failing to rebuild communities in Tohoku

by Philip Brasor

The NHK travel program “Tsurube no Kazoku ni Kampai” (“Tsurube Toasts Families”) recently aired a two-parter about the town of Watari in Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, tsunami. In the series, rakugo storyteller Shofukutei Tsurube and a celebrity guest ...

Young 3/11 survivors bound for U.N. disaster summit

Feb 27, 2015

Young 3/11 survivors bound for U.N. disaster summit

by May Masangkay

As survivors of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami cope with the loss of their families, homes and livelihoods, some of the younger generation are focusing their energies on helping people elsewhere in Asia. Haruka Kurosawa, 19, lived through the 2011 calamity and afterward ...

Jan 18, 2015

Bill in works to turn March 11 into disaster day holiday

A group of politicians has drafted legislation to make March 11 a national holiday to remember the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wrecked much of the Tohoku region in 2011. Many parts of Tohoku, especially the Pacific coastline, were devastated by ...

City of Urayasu still recovering from 3/11 liquefaction damage

Sep 1, 2014

City of Urayasu still recovering from 3/11 liquefaction damage

Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, is still recovering from widespread liquefaction damage incurred in the Great East Japan Earthquake, with many roads and sewage system continuing to undergo repair more than three years later. The city, a 20-minute train ride from central Tokyo, is speeding up ...