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 ...

May 16, 2016

Kumamoto quakes, one month on

The Kumamoto quakes show that efforts must be stepped up to improve the quake-resistance of houses, hospitals, government facilities and other structures.

Disaster casualty certificates slowed by staff shortages in Kumamoto

May 1, 2016

Disaster casualty certificates slowed by staff shortages in Kumamoto

The issuance of disaster victim certificates in Kumamoto Prefecture is being slowed by staffing shortages at various municipalities. The certificates are needed to receive financial support for housing in quake-hit areas. Since the first quake struck on April 14, the capital has received nearly ...

Apr 27, 2016

Japan, China, South Korea agree to cooperate over disaster waste

Environment ministers from Japan, China and South Korea agreed Wednesday to cooperate on management and reuse of disaster waste, with Tokyo offering to share its experience from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan and other disasters. “Japan would prepare an ...

Apr 18, 2016

The Kumamoto quakes

The Kumamoto quakes underline the need to be prepared for natural disasters, which can strike at any time and anywhere in this quake-prone country.

Feb 7, 2016

Magnitude-4.6 quake rattles Ibaraki but no injuries reported

A light earthquake struck Ibaraki Prefecture on Sunday, shaking buildings as far away as Tokyo. But there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and there was no risk of tsunami. The magnitude-4.6 quake struck at around 7:27 p.m. at a depth of ...