Tag - ishikawa-earthquake



Damaged and corrupted houses are seen in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture in March
JAPAN / Society
May 28, 2024
Publicly paid demolitions without full consent OK'd for Noto Quake
Previously, consent of all owners concerned was required in principle for publicly paid demolitions, carried out for destroyed and severely damaged buildings.
Suzu Mayor Masuhiro Izumiya (center) and Minamisanriku Mayor Jin Sato (right) attend a conference on disaster reconstruction held in Tokyo on Wednesday.
May 23, 2024
Suzu mayor wants swift demolition of quake-damaged buildings
Around 7,500 buildings damaged in the temblor are expected to be demolished.
Toshio Itoya, a community leader in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, says that people will come of their own accord if there is money to be made.
JAPAN / Society
May 21, 2024
Noto Peninsula faces youth exodus amid slow earthquake recovery
The inability to earn a living in quake-hit cities is making them seek greener pastures elsewhere, a community leader says.
Volunteers move furniture out of a house damaged by the Noto Peninsula earthquake in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in April.
May 21, 2024
Ishikawa Prefecture unveils Noto quake reconstruction plan
Covering the nine years through fiscal 2032, Ishikawa Prefecture's plan features efforts to create disaster-resistant communities.
Work is underway to restore water supply pipes in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in February.
May 16, 2024
Japan centralizes water supply and sewage administration
The infrastructure ministry aims to advance integrated initiatives covering both water supply and sewage systems in addressing aging infrastructure.
People offer prayers for the victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake at an evacuation shelter in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on March 1.
JAPAN / Society
May 15, 2024
30 deaths recognized as indirectly caused by Noto quake as panel probes cases
The families of more than 100 deceased people have filed for such recognition.
A container was used as a temporary toilet facility at a roadside station in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in January after the Noto Peninsula earthquake.
May 9, 2024
High-tech containers provide relief to quake-hit Noto areas
The land ministry is advocating the use of these containers to enhance the disaster-relief capabilities of roadside stations.
A child receives cotton candy at a free cafeteria opened in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on March 31.
JAPAN / Society
May 6, 2024
'Children's cafes' persevere in Noto despite quake damage
Some kodomo shokudō operating in the Okunoto region are struggling and need support.
Volunteers help carry out furniture in the town of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture on April 26.
JAPAN / Society
May 5, 2024
Volunteer activities in full swing in Noto during Golden Week
Local governments prepare for an influx of traffic during the holiday period as some volunteers begin entering the area in their own vehicles.
Yukio Tsunezuka holds a back issue of the Noto magazine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on April 22.
JAPAN / Society
May 3, 2024
Local info magazine in quake-hit Noto region set for revival
The New Year's Day quake struck just as the latest edition was about to be printed.
Satomi Sakashita talks about Noto Island's dolphins, at The Ocean and The Orgel cafe in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on March 21.
May 2, 2024
Noto woman committed to protecting Japan’s dolphins after quake
Satomi Sakashita, 62, who runs a cafe that offers dolphin-watching, has dedicated many years to their conservation.
Mitsunobu Inoike talks about the Kanakura district of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, known for its terraced rice fields, on Friday.
JAPAN / Society
May 1, 2024
Noto quake survivors face tough choice: leave or remain
In the disaster-hit areas, many damaged houses are being left as they are.
The processing plant and warehouse of Minamidani Yoshie Shoten in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, are seen damaged due to cracks on the ground left behind by the New Year's Day earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 29, 2024
Wajima market's youngest stallholder taps crowdfunding to preserve heritage
A woman is looking to revive her family's fish sauce business and preserve the culinary heritage of her hometown in the wake of the Noto Peninsula quake.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a meeting for Noto Peninsula reconstruction at the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.
Apr 23, 2024
Japan OKs ¥138.9 billion in fresh spending over Noto quake
This will be the fourth round of spending from the state reserve funds for the quake-affected areas in central Japan.
Demolition work is seen underway on a house damaged by the Noto Peninsula earthquake in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, last week.
Apr 22, 2024
Quake-hit Ishikawa sees slow progress in housing demolitions
As of April 16, only three demolitions had been completed, despite 78,000 homes in the prefecture being damaged.
Residents of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, collect supplies in the aftermath of the Jan. 1 earthquake. When it comes to preparing for and responding to disasters in Japan, the specific needs of women are still not being sufficiently met. One way to fix this would be to increase the number of women involved in the area of disaster prevention.
Apr 15, 2024
Women’s needs in disasters are still not accounted for
In Japan, women's needs in disaster situations are not being sufficiently met, as the Ishikawa earthquake shows, partly due to poor female representation.
Cherry blossom viewers at Notokashima Station in Ishikawa Prefecture on Saturday
Apr 14, 2024
Train station in quake-hit town crowded with cherry blossom viewers
Cherry trees line both sides of the station's platforms, creating a stunning sight that has earned it the nickname the "cherry blossom tunnel."
Noto Airport in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture
Apr 14, 2024
Japan to revise guidelines for airport operators in times of disaster
The BCP revisions come on the heels of the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that hit the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on Jan. 1.
A staff member attends to a dog at a day care center for pets operated by Peace Winds Japan in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Apr 11, 2024
Nonprofit group provides vital pet care in quake-hit Ishikawa
Peace Winds Japan, based in Hiroshima, has been assisting with pet care in disaster-hit areas since the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake.
The pair of Wajima-nuri wooden coffee cups presented to U.S. President Joe Biden from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida
Apr 11, 2024
Kishida presents Noto's Wajima-nuri lacquerware to Biden
The Japanese and U.S. first ladies also exchanged gifts.


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