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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
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
JAPAN / Remembering 3/11
Mar 11, 2021
The scars remain: Tohoku communities still struggling to rebuild, 10 years on
Limited employment options, lingering psychological issues and population decline have made full recovery a long-term issue for many parts of Tohoku.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2021
Funding crunch hampers preservation of sites hit by 2011 quake
Officials say maintaining the sites has become an increasing struggle amid public apathy and drops in both donations and paying visitors.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2020
Nine years on, monuments in Tohoku pass on lessons and memories from 3/11
The public, industry and academic sectors in four northeastern prefectures hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are collaborating on a project to highlight disaster-related monuments and remains across the region.
Japan Times
Sep 23, 2019
Museum dedicated to March 2011 tsunami disaster opens in Iwate Prefecture
A museum aimed at passing on the lessons of the March 2011 tsunami to future generations opened Sunday in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2019
Last public school in Iwate wrecked by 3/11 quake and tsunami rebuilt in Rikuzentakata
A ceremony marking the reconstruction of an elementary school — the last public school in Iwate Prefecture heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami to be rebuilt — was held Friday in the city of Rikuzentakata.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2018
Mayor of tsunami-hit city stresses resilience and inclusivity at U.N.
The mayor of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, which was devastated by the 2011 tsunami disaster, stressed Monday how resilience and inclusivity are necessary for rebuilding the city as he spoke at the United Nations to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2017
Drawing on Japan's flowers of the flock
Masumi Yamanaka, curator of 'Flora Japonica,' an exhibition of 80 taxonomically correct illustrations of Japanese plants, talks about the dedication that drives botanical art.
Japan Times
May 27, 2017
Replanting project launched to restore pine tree forest in tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata
A project to restore a pine tree forest wiped out by the tsunami that destroyed Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, in March 2011 kicked off Saturday with the goal of having about 40,000 saplings planted on the city's coastline by March 2020.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2017
Tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata turns to home-stay program to bolster tourism
Six years after tsunami ravaged Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, the coastal city is moving to rebuild tourism with a unique home-stay program.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2017
Tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata rebuilding on raised ground, hoping to thrive anew
This is the first of a four-part series looking at the lasting impact of the March 11, 2011, disasters.
Japan Times
May 8, 2016
Nagano student first to play violin made partly from 'miracle pine'
A Nagano high school student has become the first person to play a new violin partially made from the symbolic "miracle pine" that survived the March 2011 tsunami.
Japan Times
Mar 13, 2016
Saga of lost Rikuzentakata tsunami boat forges pan-Pacific friendship
A new children's book recounts events following the 3/11 disasters that have led to a forging of bonds and cross-cultural exchange between young people in Tohoku and the U.S. West Coast.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 7, 2015
Rikuzentakata looks to future with new tourism ventures
The coastal town of Rikuzentakata in southeastern Iwate Prefecture became an international symbol of the devastation wreaked by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. Lashed by waves up to 13 meters high in places, the sections of the town closest to the sea were...
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2015
Putting a foreign face on the 3/11 recovery effort
Four years on, survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake have a searing yearning to be remembered, says Amya Miller, who arrived in Rikuzentakata from the United States weeks after the March 11, 2011, disaster. She has been there ever since, and today works as a volunteer for City Hall, which still...
Japan Times
Mar 1, 2015
Four years on, Tohoku towns still waiting for schools, homes, answers
While cooped-up kids need places to play, exhausted residents could do with support from more teachers and caregivers.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2014
Amya Miller: 'What's the difference between a duck?'
Where do you go to escape Tokyo? The Yamanote Line. I ride it all the way around once and I'm all better.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2014
U.S. students to visit tsunami-hit city after returning 'miracle boat'
High school students in Northern California who sent a derelict fishing boat back to a tsunami-hit school in Iwate Prefecture will come over for a visit next month.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2013
Kennedy lauds Tohoku survivor spirit
New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday praised the courage and patience of people affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region on the second day of her tour through the disaster-stricken area.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan