Just 22% of new seawalls are finished in areas hit by 2011 tsunami

Mar 11, 2017

Just 22% of new seawalls are finished in areas hit by 2011 tsunami

Only a fifth of the planned seawalls have been constructed in northeastern areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a Kyodo News survey has found. The survey, conducted in January and February, asked prefectural, municipal and central governments about the status of ...

Four men found dead after Iwate ice fishing accident

Feb 28, 2017

Four men found dead after Iwate ice fishing accident

The bodies of four men who went missing after going ice fishing in Iwate Prefecture were found Tuesday in a pond, local police said. The four have been identified as residents of the Iwate city of Oshu, officials said. Police found a crack in ...

Four seniors missing in Iwate house fire

Feb 28, 2017

Four seniors missing in Iwate house fire

Four elderly people believed to have been inside a burning house in northeastern Japan remain unaccounted for following the blaze, police said. The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the house of Akira Ota, an 81-year-old farmer, in Tono, Iwate Prefecture. The ...

Iwate city gets creative in quest for public feedback

Nov 30, 2016

Iwate city gets creative in quest for public feedback

Efforts by a city in Iwate Prefecture to improve local bus services via customer input on cleverly designed questionnaires is garnering positive feedback on social media sites. The city of Takizawa has been distributing questionnaires that resemble bingo cards to passengers in the hope ...