Kumamoto railway struggles to rebuild after devastating 2016 quake

National Aug 21, 2017

Kumamoto railway struggles to rebuild after devastating 2016 quake

A railway in Kumamoto Prefecture is working hard to win back passengers 16 months after a series of powerful earthquakes rocked the area. Minamiaso Railway Co., a public-private third-sector firm, has still been unable to resume full operation of its services along the 17.7-km-long line. "We ...

Kumamoto Castle repairs expected to take decades

National Apr 13, 2017

Kumamoto Castle repairs expected to take decades

by Daisuke Kikuchi

"Warning: No trespassing due to earthquake damage," bears a sign at Kumamoto Castle, a popular tourist destination in the prefecture, while castle officials make rounds to prevent trespassers. Strong earthquakes that hit the region last April not only destroyed homes, schools and offices but also ...