Rural governments taking unique tacks to engage women in workforce

Aug 24, 2016

Rural governments taking unique tacks to engage women in workforce

Beyond Japan’s big cities, unique approaches in workplace are taking place to promote female engagement in society, including by supporting women who are developing regional specialty products.Iwate Prefecture launched a project in fiscal 2015 to support women in the fields of dairy husbandry and ...

May 22, 2015

Iwate issues certificates of origin for food exports to Taiwan

The Iwate Prefectural Government has begun issuing certificates of origin for farm, fishery and processed food exports to comply with tougher rules adopted by Taiwan last week.Iwate took the action Thursday to prevent local industries from being adversely affected by Taipei’s decision to require ...

Two quakes shake Tohoku; small tsunami hits coast

Feb 17, 2015

Two quakes shake Tohoku; small tsunami hits coast

An earthquake measuring upper-5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 shook Aomori Prefecture and other parts of the north on Tuesday afternoon, hours after another temblor triggered a small tsunami.The second instance did not result in a tsunami alert. The quake struck ...

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 where ...

On the hunt for Tono's mythical water trolls

Dec 6, 2014

On the hunt for Tono's mythical water trolls

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Sushi fans will probably know that cucumber rolls are known as kappamaki in Japanese. This is in honor of what is surely one of Japan’s strangest mythical creatures — the kappa.Although reptilian in appearance with webbed hands and feet, and shells on their backs, ...

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 and ...