Foreign nationals relive 2016 Kumamoto quakes in new English booklet

National Apr 13, 2017

Foreign nationals relive 2016 Kumamoto quakes in new English booklet

A group of overseas students at Kumamoto University has compiled an English booklet recording the experiences of foreign nationals during last April's powerful earthquakes. "We wanted to record people's different experiences, and we think we can learn from other people's experiences" to prepare for future ...

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

National 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, one ...

Editorials Oct 23, 2016

Protecting people against quakes

The government should focus on improving defenses against quakes rather than spending resources on the extremely difficult task of predicting when they will strike.

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

National Sep 29, 2016

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in April caused damage worth ¥3.8 trillion, the local government has confirmed in its first estimate of the economic impact on the prefecture. Homes suffered the worst damage at about ¥2 trillion, with approximately 170,000 houses affected including around ...

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

National Aug 16, 2016

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Kumamoto residents observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the fourth month since the April quake that struck wide areas of Kyushu, killing 72 people in the prefecture. "Many people still have to put up with inconvenience in their everyday lives, but the town ...

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

National Jul 22, 2016

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

Reservations for summer trips to Kyushu are growing rapidly as tour agencies and hotels offer large discounts backed by government subsidies aimed at helping the quake-damaged island recover. A website that started selling discount tickets Wednesday for hotels in Kumamoto Prefecture received so much traffic ...