Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

May 25, 2017

Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

Long-popular doll Licca-chan has been a perennial favorite among tourists, drawing crowds of young fans, helping support the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 nuclear and earthquake-tsunami calamity. With the visage of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, the dress-up doll first debuted in 1967 and ...

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

/ Apr 25, 2017

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

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Masahiro Imamura, minister in charge of reconstruction of the disaster-hit Tohoku region, resigned Wednesday in the wake of controversial comments about the disaster. Imamura submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday morning. Masayoshi Yoshino, a former senior vice environment minister and native ...

Nov 29, 2015

Tsunami fears haunt residents of recovering Iwate town

A "disaster-prevention tour guide" led dozens of people earlier this month along a 10-meter-high seawall overlooking the Taro district in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, where monster tsunami wreaked havoc in March 2011. "This seawall was built not to prevent the tsunami, but to give people more ...