Aug 15, 2016

Kumamoto quakes raise fears over restart at Ikata nuclear plant

People living near Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture fear a repeat of the Fukushima disaster, especially after devastating quakes shook Kyushu in April. The plant’s No. 3 reactor was fired up Friday, leading some to anticipate economic benefits for ...

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Aug 10, 2016

Japan's disaster-hit regions look to 'Pokemon Go' to draw tourists

Four disaster-hit prefectures are counting on the frenzy sparked by “Pokemon Go” to draw more tourists. Officials from Kumamoto, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures said Wednesday they will use the popular augmented-reality game to encourage more people to visit and thereby spur reconstruction. The ...

13 infants left in Kumamoto baby hatch in fiscal 2015

Jul 20, 2016

13 infants left in Kumamoto baby hatch in fiscal 2015

The Kumamoto Municipal Government said 13 infants were left in the baby hatch at Jikei Hospital in fiscal 2015. In all, 125 babies have now been rescued via the facility, Japan’s first, in its nine years of existence, it said Tuesday. The facility allows ...

Heavy rain kills six in Kumamoto

Jun 21, 2016

Heavy rain kills six in Kumamoto

Torrential rain in Kumamoto Prefecture has left six people dead as of Tuesday from mudslides and widespread flooding in the region, authorities reported. The Meteorological Agency said the rainfall in Kyushu is the highest received in several years. Weather authorities also warned of more ...

May 30, 2016

Japanese troops wrap up effort in quake-hit Kumamoto

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced Monday that the Self-Defense Forces will be pulled out of Kumamoto Prefecture, 1½ months after the area was hit by strong earthquakes. Thousands of SDF personnel were sent in to conduct search and rescue activities and to begin rebuilding ...