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Rugby World Cup countdown at 500

May 8, 2018

Rugby World Cup countdown at 500

Tuesday marked the 500-day mark before the opening of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as scandals continue to plague the preparations for the tournament. Twenty teams will compete across 12 venues in Japan when the competition kicks off on Sept. 20, 2019. However, the identity ...

Dialects at risk of extinction in Tohoku's disaster zones

Mar 18, 2018

Dialects at risk of extinction in Tohoku's disaster zones

In the wake of the March 2011 disasters, encouraging phrases in various dialects gave residents of tsunami-devastated Tohoku a much-needed psychological lift, but those same dialects are battling to survive amid the exodus of young people from the region. "Magenedo, Miyagi!" ("Miyagi won't give up!") ...

Violin made from 3/11 tsunami debris leads Australian concert

Mar 17, 2018

Violin made from 3/11 tsunami debris leads Australian concert

A violin made almost entirely from debris from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in 2011 was the centerpiece of a commemorative concert Friday in Melbourne. The performance, "Resonance: A Tsunami Violin Concert," marked the seventh anniversary of the magnitude 9 earthquake that ...

Residents volunteer to preserve monuments to disaster

Mar 11, 2018

Residents volunteer to preserve monuments to disaster

Yuichi Yonezawa believes he owes his life to the three-story building that used to house his company in the tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. On March 11, 2011, Yonezawa ran up to the roof of the building and climbed the chimney, narrowly escaping the ...

Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

Mar 10, 2018

Seeking solace in Tohoku's poets of old

by Roger Pulvers

On Oct. 11, 2011, seven months to the day after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region, I stood beside the sole surviving pine tree from a 350-year-old forest of approximately 70,000 similar trees on the coastline of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. In ...

International disaster prevention forum begins in tsunami-hit Sendai

Nov 26, 2017

International disaster prevention forum begins in tsunami-hit Sendai

Disaster prevention experts from Japan and abroad gathered in Sendai on Saturday to discuss lessons learned from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated coastal communities throughout Tohoku in 2011. The first World Bosai Forum, incorporating the Japanese word meaning disaster mitigation, was organized by the ...