Mar 10, 2014

Big retailers doing their best to overcome consumers' fears

The retail industry has been aiding the recovery effort for primary industries in coastal Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, holding special events and campaigns to promote their products. However, food safety assurances from local farmers and fishermen haven’t always been strong enough to allay ...

Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

Mar 5, 2014

Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

by May Masangkay

When Masayuki Sasayama’s house was swept away by the tsunami three years ago, he was temporarily separated from his family and forced to stay in an evacuation shelter, but the tragedy did not stop him from helping preserve his hometown’s “kagura,” a traditional performance ...

Mar 2, 2014

Over 30% of 3/11 kids hit by PTSD

More than 30 percent of children caught up in the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami in Tohoku are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the health ministry says.

German associations donate halls in Tohoku

Feb 24, 2014

German associations donate halls in Tohoku

by Maiko Sugano

On barren land in the Kamiosabe district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, where many homes were swept away by the tsunami spawned by the March 2011 earthquake, a brand new wooden building has become the local community center. Sporting a sky blue exterior, the facility ...

Dec 7, 2013

Calendar keeps tabs on March 11 recovery efforts

A businessman in Iwate Prefecture has designed a calendar to highlight people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that uses photos to document developments that have taken place at the same spots, to sustain public interest in Tohoku’s disaster zone. “I want this ...

Tohoku flooding leaves one dead

Aug 9, 2013

Tohoku flooding leaves one dead

At least eight houses were swept away by floods and at least one person died Friday as torrential rain hit parts of northern Japan, prompting the Meteorological Agency to issue evacuation warnings. A 91-year-old woman died in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, following a landslide, according ...

Independent vows effort for disaster-hit Iwate

Jul 22, 2013

Independent vows effort for disaster-hit Iwate

Former reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano vowed Monday to do his best to act as a bridge between the government and disaster-hit communities in Iwate Prefecture and promote rebuilding, after winning his third term in the House of Councilors election the previous day. Hirano, running ...

Jul 19, 2013

Promises of reconstruction ring hollow in disaster areas

Masami Minato sees a wide gap between the commitments made by Upper House candidates to promote reconstruction in disaster-hit areas and what she has witnessed on the ground. “Every candidate talks about reconstruction, but local residents are frustrated because little progress has been made,” ...