Sep 29, 2013

'Convincing' search needed: Ishiba

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba said Sunday that a “convincing” effort must be made to find funds for disaster-hit Tohoku if it agrees to end the special corporate tax for reconstruction a year early. “The LDP is worried about whether it will be ...

Mayor gets disaster response award

Sep 3, 2013

Mayor gets disaster response award

The mayor of the village of Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, won a U.N.-sponsored award Monday for his prompt response to the March 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, when he worked to save 1,600 people from high-level radiation. ...

Tohoku boat found in Sea of Japan

Aug 4, 2013

Tohoku boat found in Sea of Japan

A fishing boat from tsunami-ravaged Kesennuma is found on the other side of Honshu in the Sea of Japan after apparently circulating across the Pacific and back.

Letting opportunity slip away

Jul 6, 2013

Letting opportunity slip away

by Jeff Kingston

So why hasn't March 11, 2011, been the game-changer that many anticipated? Richard Samuels' masterful account of Japan's policy responses to its greatest crisis since World War II explains why continuity has trumped change. But maybe, just maybe, it hasn't, as he also reminds ...

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

Jun 27, 2013

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

by Kazuaki Nagata

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency discloses a radiation map showing how iodine-131 likely spread in the early stages of the Fukushima meltdowns, a development that could help doctors locate unsuspecting cancer victims.

Jun 14, 2013

Reconstruction official hit for 'offensive' tweets

The Reconstruction Agency may punish its senior bureaucrat responsible for providing support to people affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, for allegedly posting disparaging tweets against Diet lawmakers and civic groups.

Jun 4, 2013

Tokyo-area frequency of quakes still high

The frequency of quakes measuring magnitude 3 or stronger in the Tokyo area at the end of last year remained higher than before the massive Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.