Aug 7, 2015

G-7 finance chiefs to meet in Sendai in May 2016

The Group of Seven finance ministers’ meeting planned in the city of Sendai next year will be held on May 20 and 21, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday. “We would like to hold a heart-to-heart discussion in a relaxed atmosphere as the town ...

Aug 3, 2015

Restart of Sendai reactors will result in 40 tons of spent fuel

If the two idle reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture are reactivated as anticipated, the plant will have to store around 40 tons of new spent fuel. Although the plant’s storage capacity is unlikely to be filled ...

Jun 24, 2015

Japan may hold G-7 finance meeting in Sendai before summit

The city of Sendai is the leading candidate to host a Group of Seven finance ministers’ meeting prior to the industrialized countries’ summit in Japan next year, government sources said Tuesday. Sendai, part of the region devastated by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Vanuatu president: Storm-wrecked country must 'start anew'

Mar 16, 2015

Vanuatu president: Storm-wrecked country must 'start anew'

The government said Monday it was dispatching a team of disaster assessors to Vanuatu after infrastructure on the island archipelago suffered extensive damage in a Category 5 storm, a day after pledging aid for people left homeless. The Pacific island nation has lost years ...

Mar 16, 2015

Pacific Island nations look forward to May summit in Japan

The leaders of several Pacific Island nations and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are building up expectations for an upcoming summit in Japan. Representatives of the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum are scheduled to meet in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in May. Meeting Sunday on the fringes ...

Mar 16, 2015

Communities in Japan drafting their own disaster plans

Local communities across Japan are increasingly adopting new approaches to disaster risks without waiting for central authorities to show them what to do. The measures include neighborhood tsunami risk maps, locally planned evacuation routes and community-level disaster drills. Representatives on Saturday spoke of their ...