Dec 23, 2014

Japan, S. Korea to resume probe into wartime remains

Japan and South Korea plan to resume a joint investigation next month into the remains of South Koreans drafted to work in Japan in wartime, South Korean government officials said Tuesday. Officials from the two countries will jointly investigate a temple in Iwate Prefecture ...

Tsunami-hit town releases new disaster prep map

Jul 9, 2014

Tsunami-hit town releases new disaster prep map

An updated tsunami evacuation map has been released by officials in the disaster-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, and includes warnings and important safety tips. The map, available on the town’s official website, was revised based on lessons learned from the March 2011 earthquake ...

Jun 8, 2014

Magnitude-5.2 earthquake jolts Tohoku

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 jolted northeastern parts of Japan on Sunday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency reported. The quake struck at 2:24 p.m. at a depth of around 70 km on the southern coast of Iwate Prefecture, the agency said. In ...

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

Aug 24, 2013

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

by Roger Pulvers

When Kenji Miyazawa was writing his stories and poems nearly a century ago, Japan was a country with a two-pronged mission: To become the first non-white, non-Christian nation to create a modern prosperous state — and to be the leader of an Asian revival. ...

Jun 22, 2013

Imperial Couple to visit Iwate in July

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Iwate Prefecture from July 4 to 5 to encourage people affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. It will be their second visit to Iwate since May 2011. The Imperial ...