Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

National Mar 27, 2013

Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

Part of a torii gate and a wooden statue of Ebisu, the Japanese god of luck, were found on the U.S. West Coast this month, leaving residents wondering if they were swept to sea by the March 11, 2011, tsunami that hit the Tohoku ...

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

National Mar 26, 2013

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

A 330-ton fishing vessel carried hundreds of meters inland by the March 11, 2011, tsunami will probably be dismantled instead of preserved as a memorial to the tragedy, the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, said Monday. According to Kesennuma Mayor Shigeru Sugawara, Katsuyuki Yanai, president ...

Grateful Tohoku students express thanks with concert in Big Apple

National Mar 24, 2013

Grateful Tohoku students express thanks with concert in Big Apple

About 70 students from the Tohoku region gave a concert Friday in New York to express their gratitude for U.S. support after the March 2011 disasters. The students, assembled from five high schools in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, sang Verdi's "Requiem" accompanied by a ...

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

National Mar 20, 2013

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon

by Rene Chen

When a massive dock drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the U.S. West Coast after the Great East Japan Earthquake, it brought along more than the invasive "wakame" kelp and mussels that were attached to it. The city of Newport, Oregon, where ...

Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

National Feb 4, 2013

Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

by Eric Johnston

Members of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's local party, Osaka Ishin no Kai, and New Komeito, which form the ruling coalition in the municipal assembly, voted against an ordinance proposal Monday that would have clarified the city's financial responsibilities in the event of health problems ...

West Coast tsunami dock from Aomori

National Jan 19, 2013

West Coast tsunami dock from Aomori

A 19-meter-long dock that washed up on the coast of Washington last month is tsunami debris from Aomori Prefecture, state authorities confirmed Thursday. The dock was spotted by helicopter on a rugged beach within Olympic National Park on Dec. 18 after the crew of a ...