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 ...

Jan 17, 2016

Hometown donations surge, especially after natural disasters

More people are remitting cash to municipalities where they do not live, such as their childhood homes in the countryside, using the tax-deductible furusato nozei (hometown donation) program. Spikes are seen whenever a natural disaster strikes, and the surge in giving has led some ...

Dec 28, 2015

Malaysia to learn from Japan's disaster experiences

To strengthen its preparedness for natural disasters, Malaysia will start a project to use the expertise Japan has accumulated over the years. The Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), a Kuala Lumpur-based college that provides Japanese-style engineering education with assistance from Japanese universities, including ...