Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

National Jan 17, 2014

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Memorial ceremonies Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe and the surrounding area, resulting in the loss of 6,434 lives. Survivors of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami joined Kansai residents at the ceremonies, observing a moment of ...

Candles to remember Tohoku

Events / Events In Tokyo Sep 19, 2013

Candles to remember Tohoku

by Magdalena Osumi

News media continue to report on the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but it's important to remember that people across the Tohoku region are still recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake that happened there two years ago. One way of remembering ...

Granddaughter raising funds for Soseki memorial

National Sep 17, 2013

Granddaughter raising funds for Soseki memorial

by Hidehito Goto

A granddaughter of Meiji Era novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) is backing a donation drive to build a memorial to the author, whose major works include "I Am a Cat" and "Botchan." The Shinjuku Ward office in Tokyo is aiming to construct the memorial in the ...

California city unveils memorial statue of Korean 'comfort woman'

National Jul 31, 2013

California city unveils memorial statue of Korean 'comfort woman'

Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday at Glendale Central Park near Los Angeles to witness the unveiling of the first "comfort women" memorial on public property on the U.S. West Coast. Supporters, Glendale city officials and other community members attended the event on the sixth anniversary ...

Rikuzentakata, Okuma remember disaster victims

National Mar 11, 2013

Rikuzentakata, Okuma remember disaster victims

The municipal government of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, held a memorial service Sunday for the more than 1,500 residents who died in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The ceremony was held at a local elementary school ahead of Monday's second anniversary rites and was attended ...