National Mar 8, 2016

2,561 still missing five years after Great East Japan Earthquake

Five years after the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated vast areas of northeastern Japan, 2,561 people remain missing in the three hardest-hit prefectures, the National Police Agency said. Based on data compiled as of Monday, the agency put the death toll at 15,894. ...

National Mar 6, 2016

Schools in disaster zones regroup as students decline

Parts of the Tohoku area hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami now have fewer school-age children, creating pressure to close or consolidate schools, school board data suggests. The number of elementary and junior high school students in 42 of the hardest hit ...

National Mar 6, 2016

Dead honored by ceremonies before fifth anniversary of 3/11 calamity

Those killed by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Tohoku were remembered by residents and families Sunday in ceremonies held ahead of the fifth anniversary of the calamity. In Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, about 100 people mourned the dead and missing. "The calamity brought ...

Film depicts life of evacuees from Fukushima

Film Mar 4, 2016

Film depicts life of evacuees from Fukushima

by Keiji Hirano

Freelance journalist Mizue Furui is a frequent visitor to a small housing complex in northeastern Japan for evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster. While domestic issues are not her field, she found herself drawn to Fukushima by parallels she saw between the ...