Jul 29, 2014

900 join Tohoku reconstruction gratitude relay

About 900 people are running or riding bicycles in a 1,000-km relay to show their support for reconstruction in the Tohoku region that was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and its monster tsunami in 2011. On Thursday, all of the participants, ...

Disaster-hit town gets Kuma plan

May 27, 2014

Disaster-hit town gets Kuma plan

World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma has released his plan to revive the once prosperous Shizugawa district in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was ravaged by the March 2011 tsunami. The town-sponsored project is aimed at reviving Shizugawa’s old town as an area where residents can gather. ...

Mar 2, 2014

Majority of Tohoku mayors say recovery slow or nonexistent

More than half of the 42 mayors of northeastern cities, towns and villages damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami describe Tohoku’s reconstruction as slow or stalled, a Kyodo News survey said Sunday. In the survey, conducted in February ahead of the third ...

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

Feb 26, 2014

Tohoku mayor sees sense of crisis waning

The nation has lost its sense of crisis since the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, warns Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba. “The situation now is more serious than I imagined immediately after the disaster,” Toba said during an interview ...

Dec 3, 2013

Fukushima voter discontent

Voters' defeat of incumbent mayors in Fukushima Prefecture should flag the Abe administration that they not happy with the slow pace of reconstruction from the nuclear disaster in March 2011.