Tag - ishikawa_earthquake



Cars drive past a damaged road, in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.
PODCAST / deep dive
Jan 18, 2024
Japan rings in 2024 with an unwelcome disaster
Join us for the first episode of 2024 as we recap the massive New Year’s Day earthquake and its impact on the people of Ishikawa Prefecture.
Snow falls on collapsed buildings in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 7, as the area began to look toward recovery from the massive earthquake that struck on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jan 17, 2024
'Noto is kind, right down to its soil': A community's long road to recovery
Volunteers are coming together to help each other in the wake of disaster. However, eventually isolated rural villages will need rethinking.
A junior high school student says goodbye to her parents in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Wednesday before being transported to Hakusan where she and a few hundred other peers from the quake-hit city will continue their studies.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 17, 2024
Quake chaos forces Wajima kids to leave families to continue studies
They will stay at prefectural lodgings in the southern Ishikawa city of Hakusan, some 100 kilometers away, for up to two months.
Residents receive water in Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday.
Jan 17, 2024
Japan struggling to make water pipes quake-proof
In Ishikawa Prefecture, where a massive quake struck on New Year's Day, over 50,000 homes are still without water.
Collapsed houses in Misaki in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 11 following an earthquake and tsunami on New Year's Day
Jan 17, 2024
Evacuation drills paid off in tsunami-hit Noto area in Japan
As soon as the temblor struck, residents prepared themselves for a tsunami wave. "It wasn't a miracle. The drills paid off," one resident said.
The Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo. None of 51 surveyed economists expects the central bank to raise its negative interest rate this month, with two-thirds forecasting a rate hike by April.
Jan 17, 2024
Polled economists all see BOJ holding in January after quake
None of 51 surveyed economists expects the central bank to raise its negative interest rate this month, with two-thirds forecasting a rate hike by April.
Ryotaro Nakashima, the eighth-generation owner and tōji master brewer of Nakashima Shuzoten in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, speaks on Friday about how his brewery was devastated by the New Year's Day earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 17, 2024
Future unclear for 150-year-old sake brewery after Noto earthquake
After key facilities were badly damaged in the quake, eighth-generation owner and tōji master brewer Ryotaro Nakashima is struggling to see a way ahead.
Houses damaged by the New Year's Day quake in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Tuesday
Jan 17, 2024
Measures set out to keep foreign trainees in work in quake-hit areas
The special measure was introduced after a deadly temblor rocked the Noto Peninsula and its vicinity in central Japan on New Year's Day.
People light candles and offer prayers during an event at a park in Kobe on Wednesday, the 29th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
Jan 17, 2024
Kobe stands with Noto area on 29th anniversary of Hanshin quake
Locals said their thoughts were with the people affected by the deadly quake that hit the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on New Year's Day.
Police officers search for victims in a snow covered residential area which was devastated by a tsunami following an earthquake, in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 9.
Jan 16, 2024
Japan raises emergency budget reserves for quake relief
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has ordered a rare revision of an already finalized budget plan to ensure sufficient funds are allocated for relief efforts.
A volunteer places a box containing medicines into a drone on Jan. 8 in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 16, 2024
Drones' potential put to test in Ishikawa quake relief
As relief efforts continue, some hope to see a boost in the role of drones in responding to disasters in the future.
A person walks amid the snowy wreckage of collapsed homes and power lines in earthquake-hit Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2024
U.S. military to join relief effort in earthquake-hit Noto area
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said that the U.S. military and the SDF would be working “side by side” in the operations.
A doctor and a nurse check on people affected by the New Year's Day quake in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 6.
Jan 16, 2024
Doctors and nurses support families at morgues after Noto quake
Teams were sent after the 2016 quakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and a major mudslide in Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2021.
People wear masks at an evacuation center in the town of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 8. The number of people with acute respiratory infectious diseases, which include COVID-19 and influenza, at evacuation centers in the prefecture stood at 142 as of Sunday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 15, 2024
COVID and Japan, four years later: Normality, but words of caution
The nation has mostly returned to the pre-pandemic norm, but experts warn against people letting their guard down completely.
The construction of temporary housing units begins in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday.
Jan 15, 2024
Japan to use ¥100 billion from reserve funds for quake relief
Last week, the Cabinet agreed to use ¥4.74 billion from reserve funds to help finance relief measures.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks with evacuees at a junior high school in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, that is serving as an evacuation shelter, on Sunday.
Jan 15, 2024
86.6% back tougher political funds control laws amid scandal
Some 61.6% of poll respondents were also dissatisfied with Kishida's handling of the aftermath of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula on New Year's Day.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (center, right) speaks with Shigeru Sakaguchi, mayor of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, and volunteers during his visit to an evacuation center in the city on Sunday.
Jan 14, 2024
Kishida makes first visit to Noto Peninsula after quake
Speaking to people at an evacuation center in Wajima, Kishida encouraged them to keep their hearts strong amid the difficult situation.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a meeting of the government's response team to the New Year's Day earthquake that hit Ishikawa Prefecture, in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 13, 2024
Kishida to visit quake-affected areas Sunday to assess damage
The prime minister will assess the damage firsthand, the government said, and exchange views with local government officials.
Construction work is carried out Thursday to restore roads severely damaged by a major quake in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Jan 12, 2024
Building of temporary housing begins for central Japan quake victims
The Ishikawa Prefectural Government is building 115 makeshift houses across four locations in Wajima and Suzu, and aims to have them completed in a month.
Meiji's canned liquid baby formula is in high demand following the New Year's Day quake that hit central Japan.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 11, 2024
Meiji to boost liquid baby formula production after quake
The company has received more than twice the usual number of orders for such products so far this month.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves