National Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is to ...

Business Mar 12, 2015

Seven Bank unveils mobile ATM use after disasters

Seven Bank has unveiled a mobile automated teller machine that enables people to withdraw or deposit money in the event regular ATMs are rendered useless in a disaster. The mobile ATM is loaded on a vehicle that has been converted from a small truck. It ...

National Jan 7, 2015

Nearly 75% of people in Japan live in areas at risk of disaster

About seven out of every 10 people live in areas in Japan that are at risk of disasters such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, ground liquefaction or tsunami, government data show. Those who live in such areas totaled an estimated 94.42 million or 73.7 percent of ...

Typhoon Vongfong sweeps Japan, leaving 2 dead, 91 injured

National Oct 14, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong sweeps Japan, leaving 2 dead, 91 injured

The large typhoon that swept through the Japanese archipelago this weekend lessened in intensity Tuesday morning as it veered out to sea, leaving at least two people dead and 91 injured. Typhoon Vongfong made landfall twice in Japan on Monday — in Kagoshima Prefecture in ...

Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

National / History Mar 26, 2014

Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

by Kiyoshi Numata

More than 10 glass-plate negatives of photos taken by an amateur photographer showing damage inflicted on a town in Iwate Prefecture by a devastating earthquake and tsunami 118 years ago were discovered recently, with experts describing them as important for both disaster studies and ...