Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

National Mar 14, 2014

Earthquake safety book for children wins praise

An illustrated book created by a nonprofit organization in Aichi Prefecture to inform children how to protect themselves in an earthquake is winning wide-ranging praise. The NPO Kasumin, based in the city of Kasugai, issued "Jishin ga Kitara — Bosai-ehon" ("When a Quake Hits — ...

National Mar 3, 2014

M6.6 quake hits southwestern Japan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 jolted southwestern parts of Japan early Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued after the 5:11 a.m. quake, originating around 120 km underground off the coast of the main island of Okinawa. The ...

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

National Feb 25, 2014

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

by Yugo Hirano

Laughter is often heard from some 40 elderly people who receive day care services at a care home in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, thanks to the presence of a Filipino worker. "When I speak in English, grandpas seem delighted," Charito Ito said, revealing her secret for ...

World Feb 22, 2014

N.Z. city marks 2011 quake anniversary

A memorial service commemorating the third anniversary of the Christchurch quake, which claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, was held Saturday in the city's botanical gardens. The civic ceremony was attended by Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya, Japanese Ambassador Yasuaki ...

National Feb 20, 2014

Fukushima stress deaths top 3/11 toll

Stress and other illnesses related to the 2011 quake and tsunami has killed 1,656 people in Fukushima Prefecture, outnumbering the 1,607 whose deaths were directly tied to disaster-caused injuries.

National Feb 13, 2014

Prefectures hardest hit by 2011 quake woefully short of personnel

Fifty municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake are likely to have a personnel shortage of more than 2,500 in fiscal 2014, which begins April 1, raising concerns about delay in reconstruction work, the municipalities said Thursday. The ...

National Jan 24, 2014

Quake will cut water to 94% of Osaka

A powerful earthquake originating in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast could cut off tap water to roughly 8.32 million people in Osaka, or 94 percent of the prefecture's residents, Osaka Prefecture says.

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

National Jan 17, 2014

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Memorial ceremonies Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe and the surrounding area, resulting in the loss of 6,434 lives. Survivors of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami joined Kansai residents at the ceremonies, observing a moment of ...

Miyagi patissier  uses local fruit to help hometown

National Dec 29, 2013

Miyagi patissier uses local fruit to help hometown

A month after the March 2011 earthquake, Kazunori Ikeda, 36, decided to leave Paris to open a store in Sendai and sell sweets made with local strawberries to promote the rebuilding of his hometown. The owner of Kazunori Ikeda Individuel uses strawberries from the two ...