Tag - iwate



The colored patterns of Tsuguru "nuri," made in Aomori Prefecture, are achieved by applying multiple coatings of lacquer, which are later polished down to reveal layers of colors beneath.
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
May 18, 2024
A new initiative rethinks old Tohoku crafts
Described as “collector's items,” the works are being kept under wraps until their debut at a May 24-25 exhibition at Kudan House in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward.
The Ibaraki Prefectural Government has introduced an optional four-day workweek to serve as a model for work style reform.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 30, 2024
Are local governments in Japan ready to embrace a four-day workweek?
Several municipalities are testing the waters by allowing employees to opt for longer workdays in exchange for an extra weekday off.
Children give a presentation on volcano studies during a workshop at Tairadate Elementary School in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture, in February.
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Apr 29, 2024
Raising awareness over Mount Iwate eruption urged as memories fade
Interest in preparing for possible volcanic eruptions is difficult to muster in a nation prone to other natural disasters.
Rescuers prepare supplies before entering Taroko National Park after an earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan.
Apr 5, 2024
Local governments in Japan move to support quake-hit Taiwan
Areas in Japan hit by previous disasters are aiming to offer support for Taiwan.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi. Following a strong quake in the Tohoku region Tuesday, the government set up an information office for crisis management at the Prime Minister's Office.
Apr 2, 2024
Strong quake jolts northeastern Japan, logging lower 5 intensity
The Meteorological Agency has cautioned those in the northeast to remain alert for lower 5 intensity quakes for about a week.
LDP Youth Division leaders Takashi Fujiwara (left) and Yasutaka Nakasone submitted their resignations to the party headquarters last Friday over an event hosted by the party's Wakayama chapter last November that featured female dancers in revealing outfits.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 11, 2024
After slush funds, LDP now faces fresh scandals
An event that featured dancers in revealing outfits and an affair with a Canadian saxophone player have resulted in three resignations in the past week.
Iwate Gov. Takuya Tasso speaks during an interview in February in the city of Morioka.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 8, 2024
13 years after 3/11, Iwate looks to make best use of new infrastructure
The governor of Iwate also called on the central government to continue necessary reconstruction projects while listening to people in the affected areas.
Junior high school students from the inland town of Sumita, Iwate Prefecture, visit the Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum in the city of Rikuzentakata in December.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 4, 2024
Educational tours aim to preserve memory of Tohoku quake
Efforts are being made to ensure lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake are passed on to future generations.
Visnu CEO Ryosuke Chiba explains an AI-equipped security camera his company is developing for the city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on Feb. 22.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 27, 2024
Japan firms look to AI to bolster disaster prevention and mitigation
Tools are being developed to focus on getting timely information to the relevant parties to facilitate evacuation.
Rintaro Sasaki speaks to reporters in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, on Tuesday.
Feb 21, 2024
High school star Sasaki drawn to Stanford by baseball and academics
The highly touted Sasaki made news in October when he announced he would not turn pro in his homeland.
Men in loincloths scramble for a bag of talismans during the Sominsai festival at Kokuseki Temple in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, on Saturday.
Feb 18, 2024
Festival with 1,000-year history succumbs to graying population
Kokuseki Temple's Sominsai festival used to take place from the seventh day of Lunar New Year through to the following morning.
The government will extend subsidies worth as much as ¥242.9 billion for Kioxia and Western Digital to expand memory chip production in Mie and Iwate prefectures.
Feb 6, 2024
Japan extends subsidies to downturn-hit Kioxia and Western Digital
The funding provides underpinning for the two companies, which have been hammered by a slump in the market for NAND flash chips.
Overseas fish buyers participating in a business tour organized by the Japan External Trade Organization visit a fish market in the city of Aomori on Monday.
Dec 4, 2023
Overseas fish buyers begin business trip in Japan
JETRO organized the tour to help fishery business operators find alternative buyers in the wake of China's ban on Japanese marine products.
In residential areas, bears are said to be attracted to compost waste, persimmons and chestnuts.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 20, 2023
Bear attacks on the rise in Akita and Iwate due to lack of food
According to Akita Prefecture, a record 39 people were attacked from April through Oct. 11.
A performer going by the name “Tanefukube” leads shishi-odori dancers during Tono Meguritoroge’s grand finale at Rokko-shi shrine.
LIFE / Travel
Sep 30, 2023
Dancing with ghosts at Tono’s rural folk festival
The Tono region is Japan’s go-to setting of scary stories to tell in the dark.
Iwate Gov. Takuya Tasso (right) receives flowers in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, on Sunday after winning a fifth term as governor.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 4, 2023
Iwate Gov. Takuya Tasso wins fifth term
Voter turnout rose to 56.63% from the record low of 53.46% logged in the previous election four years ago.
People pray in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11 this year, the 12th anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated the country's northeast.
Aug 3, 2023
Three bodies identified 12 years after March 11 disaster
The identities were confirmed in June this year through mitochondrial DNA testing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Jul 3, 2023
Criticism over expression on bathroom use prompts change of LGBTQ guidance
The move has been seen as a setback for the Iwate Prefectural Government’s consideration for LGBTQ people.
Japan Times
May 1, 2023
California artist draws mural for tsunami-hit city in Japan
While making the mural, the artist decided to create an identical one to send to Rikuzentakata, in Iwate Prefecture, in a bid to further strengthen ties.
Japan Times
Mar 12, 2023
Most city halls in quake-hit areas at risk of flooding will not relocate
More than 60% of municipalities in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures do not plan to relocate their city or town halls despite being in designated high risk areas for tsunami flooding.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan