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

Mar 12, 2013

NPO brought Tohoku's foreigners together

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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

Mar 12, 2013

Carpentry seminars help bring men out of isolation

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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

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

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 ...

Rikuzentakata, Okuma remember disaster victims

Mar 11, 2013

Rikuzentakata, Okuma remember disaster victims

The municipal government of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, held a memorial service Sunday for the more than 1,500 residents who died in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The ceremony was held at a local elementary school ahead of Monday's second anniversary rites and was attended ...