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 ...

May 19, 2016

JFA to donate ¥25 million to Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association said Thursday a revenue of ¥25 million ($227,250) raised from this month’s charity match between Japan’s Under-23 team and Ghana will be donated to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan’s U-23s won 3-0 last week in Tosu, in nearby Saga Prefecture, almost ...

U.S. disaster expert sees 3/11 weaknesses laid bare in Kyushu

May 17, 2016

U.S. disaster expert sees 3/11 weaknesses laid bare in Kyushu

A former U.S. government expert on emergency management has questioned whether Japan is applying lessons learned the hard way after the 2011 tsunami to its response to the Kyushu quakes. Leo Bosner, 69, who worked for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for 29 ...

May 10, 2016

Home demolitions slow-going in quake-hit Kumamoto amid financial strains

Work to demolish destroyed and heavily damaged homes has been slow in Kumamoto Prefecture since the recent strong earthquakes. With local governments putting priority on reopening schools and operating evacuation facilities, some people affected by the quakes are considering handling demolition work for their ...