Tag - tsunami



Mar 3, 2013
Canada cultural group to assist disaster-zone youths
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center said Saturday it will use the 1.5 million Canadian dollars (¥137 million) in its Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to assist the education of young people in the Tohoku region affected by the 2011 disasters.
Mar 2, 2013
Tokyo movie house to screen 3/11 Ishinomaki documentary
A movie theater in Tokyo will screen a movie with English narration and subtitles Tuesday in which 37 pupils, teachers and parents talk about their experience of the March 2011 quake-tsunami that destroyed Kadonowaki Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.
Feb 15, 2013
Improve reconstruction efforts
As of mid-January, at least 316,000 people were still living away from homes affected by the 3/11 quake-tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2013
Search for remains of disaster victims conducted in Iwate, Miyagi
Local police and coast guard conduct an intensive search for traces of those whose remains have not been found since the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami disaster in the coastal areas of Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 8, 2013
Documentary on stubborn tsunami survivor opens next week
A documentary about an elderly man who lost his home to the massive tsunami following the March 2011 earthquake and eventually succeeded in building a new one in the same neighborhood will open Feb. 16 in theaters across Japan.
Feb 6, 2013
Tsunami advisories issued for Japan Pacific coast
The Meteorological Agency on Wednesday issued tsunami advisories to Japan's Pacific coastal area from Hokkaido to Kyushu and Okinawa Prefecture following a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that shook the Solomon Islands earlier in the day.
Japan Times
Jan 29, 2013
Preparing the foreign community for Japan's next big natural disaster
For newcomers to Japan, especially those who come from countries that don't experience frequent earthquakes, preparing for natural disasters like the megaquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011, may not come so easily.
Japan Times
Jan 25, 2013
Schools to close but their songs go on
Music has played an important role in easing the pain of many people in the Tohoku region whose lives were affected by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
Japan Times
Jan 19, 2013
West Coast tsunami dock from Aomori
A 19-meter-long dock that washed up on the coast of Washington last month is tsunami debris from Aomori Prefecture, state authorities confirmed Thursday.
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2012
Survivor pens 'too painful' 3/11 tale
'March 11, 2011 — We will never forget the day. The disaster ...
Japan Times
Mar 6, 2012
Rebuilding lives in shattered Tohoku, one image at a time
As the minibus winds through the foothills of northern Fukushima, the Geiger counter flashes blue and buzzes loud alerts — but it doesn't distract Brian Peterson. The 35-year-old American holds up a boxy Konika Instant Press — what he calls his "magic camera" — then explains how to load it, set...
Japan Times
Dec 8, 2011
Architects of the future build a better understanding of 3/11
With the new year in sight and 2011 about to slip into the annals of history, the defining event of this year, the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, is now starting to recede into the distance. Though for those directly touched by the tragedy, it will of course always be present in the absence...
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2011
Volunteering with three teens in Tohoku
Many people want to go to the Tohoku region to help in the colossal clean-up following the magnitude-9 Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 and the resulting tsunami that hit some 400 km of the coastline.
Japan Times
May 20, 2011
Disaster makes the heart grow fonder, but potential marriage partners still need cash
More people are looking to get hitched since the March 11 earthquake, but will it change the criteria for selecting partners?
Japan Times
May 17, 2011
Post-disaster business opportunities attracting wrong kind of enterprises
Yakuza groups are allegedly giving out money to evacuees in order to secure favors for future business.
Apr 14, 2011
Consumers suddenly rushing back to pariah produce
Two weeks ago shoppers were shunning produce from the Tohoku area; now they can't get enough of it.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2011
Japan's seismic nerve center
The Earthquake Phenomena Observation System, located inside the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo's central Otemachi district, is usually operated by five teams of seven who work in rotating shifts that span every minute of the year. But at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 this year, all that changed. In an...
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2011
Awaji Island quake museum offers shocks and survivors
At age 79, Yoshiko Negita's mind is alert and her memory is laser-sharp. There is, too, a sense of urgency in her voice as this resident of Awaji Island in the Seto Inland Sea speaks to visitors at its Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park. There, preserved at an experiential museum, is an exposed section...
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2011
Earthquake insurance put to the test
How will Japanese insurance companies deal with the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, the biggest natural disaster in almost a century?
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2011
Small businesses ask for restraint with the self-restraint
People are being asked to restrain themselves for the sake of the victims of the earthquake/tsunami, but some are questioning if it's a good idea.


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