Editorials Mar 15, 2014

Disaster supplies on shaky ground

In the three years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, a survey finds that a large percentage of municipalities across the country still have not taken steps to ensure enough food or fuel to operate for more than a day if another serious earthquake ...

Tsunami victims forget relocation as progress stalls

National Mar 12, 2014

Tsunami victims forget relocation as progress stalls

Twenty percent of households that were part of community resettlement plans as a result of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake have dropped out over the past year as progress on the projects has stalled, according to data from the Reconstruction Agency. Municipal governments involved ...

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

National Mar 11, 2014

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

The staggering loss of life and property still overwhelms people who were caught up in the historic magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast three years ago, and for many of the survivors, rebuilding their lives has been a slow process. The nation ...

Reactors still feared despite new rules

National Mar 11, 2014

Reactors still feared despite new rules

by Yuriy Humber and Masumi Suga

The cost of restarting Japan's nuclear power plants: ¥1.3 trillion and counting. That is the amount power companies have committed so far on thousands of tons of reinforced concrete and steel, armies of workers, tsunami walls and seismic tests. It has all been to meet tougher ...

Kids' books donated to disaster-hit Miyagi city

National Mar 11, 2014

Kids' books donated to disaster-hit Miyagi city

by Satoshi Iizuka

Children and grownups in Higashimatsushima, a city in Miyagi Prefecture that was devastated by the tsunami from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, are now able to read around 1,500 picture books donated by Taro Gomi, a well-known author of children's books. The donation ...

National Mar 11, 2014

Kennedy sends support tweet

The U.S. military on Tuesday vowed continued support for rebuilding the Tohoku region, while Ambassador Caroline Kennedy sent out a message on Twitter saying, "In my prayers today: The women and men of Tohoku who are rebuilding their communities." In a statement issued by U.S. ...

267,000 still evacuees three years on

National Mar 10, 2014

267,000 still evacuees three years on

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku that triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis. Police and other authorities continue to search coastal areas ...

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

National Mar 10, 2014

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

The relatives of 23 elementary school students killed in the March 2011 tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, filed a lawsuit Monday blaming the city and prefecture for the school's failure to evacuate them to higher ground. In the lawsuit, filed at the Sendai District Court, ...

Editorials Mar 10, 2014

Rebuilding shattered lives

Three years on, life is still nowhere near back to normal for many of the people in the Tohoku coastal areas devastated by the massive earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear power plant disaster.