Tag - iwate



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.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2023
Japan marks 12 years since quake and tsunami prompted Fukushima crisis
Recovery from the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resultant tsunami has progressed, but some 31,000 people remain displaced as of November 2022.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Longform
Feb 13, 2023
Museums in Japan adjust to life after COVID-19
The country’s cultural spaces are looking to rethink their role in society as they face an uncertain future due to increased competition and an aging population.
Japan Times
Feb 9, 2023
Gold bars worth over ¥500 million donated to quake-hit village
The municipal government of Tanohata in Iwate Prefecture said it was considering using the proceeds from the sale of the 120 bars for child-rearing support and rebuilding the village office.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2022
Flu epidemic declared in Tokyo and five other prefectures
Japan did not experience a flu season over the past two years and the number of people with immunity is believed to have fallen significantly.
Japan Times
Aug 4, 2022
About 540,000 Japan residents told to evacuate after heavy rain floods homes and roads
Two bridges collapsed as heavy rainfall prompted East Japan Railway to suspend shinkansen services throughout the day between Fukushima and Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture.
Japan Times
May 1, 2022
Atsushi Murakami: ‘If Tono becomes synonymous with hops in Japan, I’ll be happy’
Atsushi Murakami has played many roles in his life, including as the creator of the Murakami Seven hop variety.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2022
Japan marks 11th anniversary of 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster
Infrastructure in the hard-hit areas has largely been rebuilt, but some 38,000 people remain displaced.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Dec 13, 2021
Tohoku tempts Tokyoites as virus prompts many to rethink life in the capital
COVID-19 could be a game changer, with many seeing it as a chance to reassess their approaches to work and life and move into rural areas.


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