Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

National Feb 6, 2015

Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

by Maiko Sugano

When caregiver Kazutoshi Fujimoto first visited the town of Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, he was volunteering because he had heard the recovery from the March 2011 quake and tsunami was going slow. The decision turned out to be a life-changing one because it led him to ...

National Jan 5, 2015

U.N. disaster conference scheduled for Sendai in March

Tens of thousands of civil servants and representatives of nongovernmental organizations are to meet in the Tohoku region this spring to examine global approaches to disaster response. The U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in the city of Sendai from March ...

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

National Dec 19, 2014

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

An advisory panel to the Miyagi Prefectural Government said Thursday it will recommend that four facilities wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami be preserved as memorials of the tragedy. The buildings include the three-story disaster headquarters in the town of Minamisanriku, where 43 ...

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

National Oct 23, 2014

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

Residents across Niigata Prefecture attended events on Thursday to remember the 68 people killed in the 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu earthquake. "We must convey the lessons from the disaster to the next generation," Ojiya Mayor Yasuo Yatsui said at a 10th-anniversary memorial ceremony in Nagaoka co-sponsored by ...

Tohoku students showcase area's products at New York fair

National Sep 7, 2014

Tohoku students showcase area's products at New York fair

by Ayako Mie

Students from Tohoku University in Sendai on Saturday showcased artifacts and other products from the disaster-hit Tohoku region at the Japan Block Fair in New York's West Village to help companies in the recovering region drum up more business overseas. A group of 15 students ...

Strong quake rocks California wine country, injuring dozens

World Aug 25, 2014

Strong quake rocks California wine country, injuring dozens

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring more than 100 people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa. The quake, the biggest in the region in ...

National Jul 29, 2014

900 join Tohoku reconstruction gratitude relay

About 900 people are running or riding bicycles in a 1,000-km relay to show their support for reconstruction in the Tohoku region that was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and its monster tsunami in 2011. On Thursday, all of the participants, including ...

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

National Jul 22, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'

by Kayo Mimizuka

With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents. Municipalities within 30 km of nuclear plants ...

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

National Mar 21, 2014

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

by Makoto Sekiya

People with disabilities living in Fukushima Prefecture are doing their best to promote the area by making craft goods that are proving popular both at home and overseas. Before the 2011 disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, a number ...