May 22, 2015

Iwate issues certificates of origin for food exports to Taiwan

The Iwate Prefectural Government has begun issuing certificates of origin for farm, fishery and processed food exports to comply with tougher rules adopted by Taiwan last week. Iwate took the action Thursday to prevent local industries from being adversely affected by Taipei's decision to require ...

On the hunt for Tono's mythical water trolls

Dec 6, 2014

On the hunt for Tono's mythical water trolls


Sushi fans will probably know that cucumber rolls are known as kappamaki in Japanese. This is in honor of what is surely one of Japan's strangest mythical creatures — the kappa. Although reptilian in appearance with webbed hands and feet, and shells on their backs, ...

Tsunami-hit town releases new disaster prep map

Jul 9, 2014

Tsunami-hit town releases new disaster prep map

An updated tsunami evacuation map has been released by officials in the disaster-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, and includes warnings and important safety tips. The map, available on the town's official website, was revised based on lessons learned from the March 2011 earthquake and ...

Jun 8, 2014

Magnitude-5.2 earthquake jolts Tohoku

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 jolted northeastern parts of Japan on Sunday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency reported. The quake struck at 2:24 p.m. at a depth of around 70 km on the southern coast of Iwate Prefecture, the agency said. In parts of ...