NEWSWORTHY

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 ...

One dead after heavy rain hits Tohoku, Hokuriku

Aug 25, 2017

One dead after heavy rain hits Tohoku, Hokuriku

Parts of central and northern Japan received heavy rain Friday that was linked to the death of one person in Iwate Prefecture whose car was apparently swept away by a flooding river. The body of Yuki Ikeda, a 29-year-old construction worker from Miyako, was found ...

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

/ Apr 25, 2017

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

by Reiji Yoshida

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 ...