Tsunami victims forget relocation as progress stalls

Mar 12, 2014

Tsunami victims forget relocation as progress stalls

Twenty percent of households that were part of community resettlement plans as a result of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake have dropped out over the past year as progress on the projects has stalled, according to data from the Reconstruction Agency. Municipal governments ...

Widower to tsunami dives on in hope

Mar 11, 2014

Widower to tsunami dives on in hope

by Harumi Ozawa

Yasuo Takamatsu, 57, grunts with the effort of hoisting a scuba diving tank onto his back as he prepares to step into the cold waters off the tsunami-ravaged Tohoku coast to look for the body of his wife, one of thousands still missing three ...

Teacher vows to protect students from disasters

Mar 29, 2013

Teacher vows to protect students from disasters

by Yugo Hirano

Having lost his daughter in the quake-tsunami disaster two years ago, Toshiro Sato, a teacher in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, believes the best disaster prevention is not to forget what happened that fateful day and confront it. “I don’t want to let any more students ...