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


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 ...

Many evacuees still in temp housing

Dec 4, 2013

Many evacuees still in temp housing

The occupancy rate for makeshift housing units set up after the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami is still at more than 85 percent in the three hardest-hit prefectures, 1,000 days since the twin disasters struck.