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 ...

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 ...

The top Japan news stories of 2016

National Dec 29, 2016

The top Japan news stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these national news stories as the most important of 2016. 1. A president in Hiroshima: U.S. President Barack Obama made a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima on May 27. He was the first sitting U.S. president to go to ...

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.