Work resumes on Aomori's new Oma nuclear plant

National Mar 12, 2013

Work resumes on Aomori's new Oma nuclear plant

by Chico Harlan

At the remote northwestern tip of a snowy peninsula, beyond a small road of fishing shacks and empty one-story homes, 600 construction workers and engineers are building a brand-new nuclear plant for a country still recovering from the most severe atomic disaster since Chernobyl. The ...

Orphans need special trauma care

National Mar 12, 2013

Orphans need special trauma care

by Ayako Mie

Hundreds orphaned by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami remain vulnerable two years later because of insufficient government support. Last June, the Diet passed legislation to help disaster-affected children and women, but details are hazy. Instead of waiting for the government to take action, the private ...

Hibiya rally tries to keep nuclear foes on message

National Mar 12, 2013

Hibiya rally tries to keep nuclear foes on message

by Kazuaki Nagata

Far away from disaster-hit Tohoku, people gathered Monday in Tokyo's Hibiya Park to offer silent prayers on the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. "Let's think of those who lost their lives. Let's remember that each of their lives was precious," singer Tokiko ...

National Mar 12, 2013

Key events in Fukushima crisis

The following are events related to the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s six-reactor Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, triggered by the March 11, 2011, megaquake and tsunami. March 11, 2011 — Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami cripple plant, cutting off power to the entire ...

NPO brought Tohoku's foreigners together

National Mar 12, 2013

NPO brought Tohoku's foreigners together

by Jun Hongo

A teacher congratulates a Philippine student for acing a Japanese-language test at a local community hall. Her instructor, Kanae Sato, is from Taiwan, and like most of the residents of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, both saw their homes destroyed by tsunami two years ago. "Studying Japanese ...

Carpentry seminars help bring men out of isolation

National Mar 12, 2013

Carpentry seminars help bring men out of isolation

by Mizuho Aoki

One snowy Sunday morning in late February, elderly men were awkwardly driving nails into half-finished furniture under the instruction of skilled carpenters at a factory in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture. They were taking part in the Otoko no Mokko (Woodwork for Men) workshop launched Jan. 20 ...

Nation marks second year since calamity

National Mar 11, 2013

Nation marks second year since calamity

The nation marks the second anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Tohoku's coastline and left some 19,000 people dead or missing amid the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Abe vows to speed up reconstruction from 3/11 disasters

National Mar 11, 2013

Abe vows to speed up reconstruction from 3/11 disasters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed Monday his resolve to accelerate reconstruction work on the second anniversary of the March 2011 megaquake and tsunami disaster. "The government will listen to the local voices and work as one," Abe said in a video message posted Monday morning ...