All 4,300 temporary homes completed in quake-hit Kumamoto

Nov 14, 2016

All 4,300 temporary homes completed in quake-hit Kumamoto

Construction of all temporary housing units in Kumamoto Prefecture was completed Monday, paving the way for people forced from their homes by last April’s powerful earthquakes to start rebuilding their lives. The last 42 homes to be finished were in the town of Mifune, ...

Kumamoto marks one month since devastating main earthquake

May 16, 2016

Kumamoto marks one month since devastating main earthquake

Kumamoto and other southwestern prefectures on Monday marked one month since the second of two massive earthquakes struck the region in quick succession, leaving a total of 49 people dead. The second quake, believed to be the main temblor, registered magnitude 7.3 and came ...

Mar 2, 2016

Solitary deaths reach 188 in Tohoku temporary housing

The number of people who died alone in temporary housing in three prefectures hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters reached 188 at the end of last year, a Kyodo News tally showed, highlighting the difficulty for authorities to look after ...

Failing to rebuild communities in Tohoku

| Mar 14, 2015

Failing to rebuild communities in Tohoku

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The NHK travel program “Tsurube no Kazoku ni Kampai” (“Tsurube Toasts Families”) recently aired a two-parter about the town of Watari in Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, tsunami. In the series, rakugo storyteller Shofukutei Tsurube and a celebrity guest ...

Jun 27, 2014

Local governments struggling to secure land for post-disaster housing

Local governments are struggling to secure land to build enough temporary housing to meet assumed gaps in their disaster management plans, the internal affairs ministry said Friday. Prefectural governments need to provide more assistance to smaller municipalities in their own jurisdictions to address the ...