Quake simulators draw foreign tourists to disaster learning sites

National Jun 11, 2017

Quake simulators draw foreign tourists to disaster learning sites

Earthquake simulators have become tourist draws at disaster education centers nationwide, with a growing number of foreign visitors eager to learn about the hazards of life in a seismically active country. With the number of foreign visitors rapdily surging, some of the centers have begun ...

Editorials Oct 23, 2016

Protecting people against quakes

The government should focus on improving defenses against quakes rather than spending resources on the extremely difficult task of predicting when they will strike.

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

National Sep 29, 2016

Kumamoto quakes caused ¥3.8 trillion damage, official estimate shows

Powerful earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in April caused damage worth ¥3.8 trillion, the local government has confirmed in its first estimate of the economic impact on the prefecture. Homes suffered the worst damage at about ¥2 trillion, with approximately 170,000 houses affected including around ...

Hiroshima commemorates second anniversary of deadly mudslides

National Aug 20, 2016

Hiroshima commemorates second anniversary of deadly mudslides

A memorial service commemorating the second anniversary of landslides that claimed the lives of 77 people was held in the city of Hiroshima on Saturday. At the ceremony jointly hosted by the city and the Hiroshima Prefectural Government in the ward of Asaminami, one of ...

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

National Aug 16, 2016

Kumamoto marks fourth month since temblor left 72 dead

Kumamoto residents observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the fourth month since the April quake that struck wide areas of Kyushu, killing 72 people in the prefecture. "Many people still have to put up with inconvenience in their everyday lives, but the town ...

Ports in Japan, China, U.S. at greatest risk of natural disaster

Business Aug 9, 2016

Ports in Japan, China, U.S. at greatest risk of natural disaster

Ports in Japan, China and the U.S. face the greatest financial risk from natural disasters because of their vulnerable locations and increasing cargo volumes, a risk-management firm has said. The Port of Nagoya leads all ports with a potential $2.3 billion cost to insurers from ...