Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

May 25, 2017

Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

Long-popular doll Licca-chan has been a perennial favorite among tourists, drawing crowds of young fans, helping support the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 nuclear and earthquake-tsunami calamity. With the visage of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, the dress-up doll first debuted in 1967 and ...

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

/ Apr 25, 2017

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

by

Masahiro Imamura, minister in charge of reconstruction of the disaster-hit Tohoku region, resigned Wednesday in the wake of controversial comments about the disaster. Imamura submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday morning. Masayoshi Yoshino, a former senior vice environment minister ...

Jun 6, 2016

Experts to propose Kumamoto reconstruction fund

A panel of experts set up by the Kumamoto Prefectural Government will propose that a fund be created to help rebuild areas hit hard by the string of earthquakes that rattled the area in mid-April. The committee said Sunday that the fund, to be ...

/ Mar 4, 2016

New Tohoku reconstruction plan approved by panel

An expert panel on Friday approved a draft new policy for the reconstruction of areas in Tohoku damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The panel, headed by University of Tokyo professor Motoshige Ito, received the policy the same day. It includes a ...