Oct 23, 2016

Protecting people against quakes

The government should focus on improving defenses against quakes rather than spending resources on the extremely difficult task of predicting when they will strike.

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Sep 29, 2016

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in April caused damage worth ¥3.8 trillion, the local government has confirmed in its first estimate of the economic impact on the prefecture. Homes suffered the worst damage at about ¥2 trillion, with approximately 170,000 houses affected including ...

Water-logged Tohoku braces  for next typhoon

Sep 4, 2016

Water-logged Tohoku braces for next typhoon

The storm-battered town of Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture told all 9,947 residents to evacuate Sunday ahead of Typhoon Namtheum, which is expected to hit the area Tuesday. The Self-Defense Forces used helicopters to help residents get to shelters as officials made efforts to prevent ...

Hiroshima commemorates second anniversary of deadly mudslides

Aug 20, 2016

Hiroshima commemorates second anniversary of deadly mudslides

A memorial service commemorating the second anniversary of landslides that claimed the lives of 77 people was held in the city of Hiroshima on Saturday. At the ceremony jointly hosted by the city and the Hiroshima Prefectural Government in the ward of Asaminami, one ...

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Aug 16, 2016

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Kumamoto residents observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the fourth month since the April quake that struck wide areas of Kyushu, killing 72 people in the prefecture. “Many people still have to put up with inconvenience in their everyday lives, but the ...

Ports in Japan, China, U.S. at greatest risk of natural disaster

Aug 9, 2016

Ports in Japan, China, U.S. at greatest risk of natural disaster

Ports in Japan, China and the U.S. face the greatest financial risk from natural disasters because of their vulnerable locations and increasing cargo volumes, a risk-management firm has said. The Port of Nagoya leads all ports with a potential $2.3 billion cost to insurers ...

Jul 23, 2016

Foreign families in Tokyo to host children affected by 2011 quake

A number of foreign families in the greater Tokyo area will join a summer homestay program starting July 31 to host children from single-parent homes affected by the 2011 earthquake in northeastern Japan. The nonprofit Mother Link Japan, which has organized the initiative, says ...

Jul 20, 2016

Ibaraki-centered M5 quake rocks Tokyo area but no tsunami alert

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 shook eastern Japan Wednesday morning, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, which struck at around 7:25 a.m., was centered on southern Ibaraki Prefecture and shook buildings ...