Mar 19, 2015

Miyagi mayor sued for sexual harassment dissolves village assembly

The mayor in the village of Ohira, Miyagi Prefecture, dissolved the village assembly this week after he was sued for alleged acts of sexual harassment. Ohira, population 5,563, dissolved its 14-member assembly on Tuesday after it passed a vote of no-confidence against Mayor Masahiro ...

Mar 5, 2015

Municipal worker shortage still serious in three Tohoku prefectures

Fifty municipalities in three northeastern prefectures heavily affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are facing a shortage of 277 workers needed for repair and reconstruction work. The shortage, particularly serious for engineers, has raised concerns about possible delays in the reconstruction work ...

Mar 3, 2015

Over 1,700 business failures linked to March 2011 triple disaster

A total of 1,726 businesses went bankrupt due to reasons linked to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear disaster, according to Teikoku Databank Ltd. Liabilities left by the failed companies comes to ¥1.56 trillion, the private credit research company said ...

Prince William encourages Miyagi 3/11 survivors

Mar 1, 2015

Prince William encourages Miyagi 3/11 survivors

Britain’s Prince William expressed sympathy Sunday at a meeting with survivors of the 2011 quake and tsunami during a visit to Miyagi Prefecture. During the meeting in the devastated city of Ishinomaki, the 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge told a couple who lost their children ...

Feb 13, 2015

Recovery slow in disaster-zone fish processing industries

A Fisheries Agency survey revealed Thursday that the pace of reconstruction has been slow in fish processing industries in five coastal prefectures hit hard by the tsunami caused by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011. Only 50 percent of the surveyed companies in ...

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

Dec 19, 2014

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

An advisory panel to the Miyagi Prefectural Government said Thursday it will recommend that four facilities wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami be preserved as memorials of the tragedy. The buildings include the three-story disaster headquarters in the town of Minamisanriku, where ...