Cherry trees bloom in quake-hit areas
Cherry trees have begun to bloom and bring solace to local people, in coastal areas of Fukushima Prefecture that were ravaged by the March 11th tsunami.....
Sunday, April 10, 2011 06:52 +0900 (JST)
SDF, US forces conducting search operations
Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the US military are conducting massive search operations on Sunday, for victims who are still missing after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan.....
Sunday, April 10, 2011 06:52 +0900 (JST)
Voting begins for local elections
Japanese voters are going to the polls to elect prefectural governors, mayors and local assembly members on Sunday.....
Sunday, April 10, 2011 07:29 +0900 (JST)
Kan pledges to build 70,000 temporary houses
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has told the governor of quake-hit Miyagi Prefecture that the central government will build 70,000 temporary houses as quickly as possible.....
Sunday, April 10, 2011 13:07 +0900 (JST)
SDF, coast guard divers search harbor
As part of the massive search operation on Sunday, the Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard searched waters around a fishing port in Fukushima Prefecture for those who remain missing.。。。。
Sunday, April 10, 2011 14:46 +0900 (JST)
Kan vows to help rebuild fishery industry
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has vowed to provide full support to disaster-hit coastal areas in northeastern Japan to help reconstruct the local fishing industry......
Sunday, April 10, 2011 17:00 +0900 (JST)
Arsenic found in well water in quake-hit Kesennuma
Officials in disaster-hit Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, say that well water and streams near a defunct mine are contaminated with toxic arsenic....
Sunday, April 10, 2011 18:35 +0900 (JST)
82 children orphaned in March 11 disaster
Japan's health ministry says a total of 82 children in 3 northeastern prefectures lost parents in the massive quake and tsunami on March 11th....
Sunday, April 10, 2011 19:10 +0900 (JST)
Disaster victims' kin to get 350,000 yen
The families of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake will receive 350,000 yen for each member who was killed or is still missing, according to a decision by the Japanese Red Cross Society and three other organizations that have been accepting cash donations.....
Evacuees begin moving into provisional housing
RIKUZEN-TAKATA, Iwate--The weather was rainy, but smiles broke through as evacuees began moving into provisional housing Saturday in tsunami-hit Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture. ....
Recovery panel to include govs, architect
Architect Tadao Ando and scriptwriter Makiko Uchidate will be among the members of a government panel that will draft recovery programs for areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, it has been learned.....
Tohoku facing power shortfall in summer
Tohoku Electric Power Co. has estimated it could face a power shortage this summer of up to 3.3 million kilowatts--equivalent to the power needed by 1.1 million households--and might have to implement rolling outages to avert major blackouts.....
Liquefaction damage widespread
Soil liquefaction on reclaimed land around Tokyo Bay because of the March 11 earthquake caused damage in at least 11 Tokyo wards and cities in Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, according to tallies by local authorities. ....
50 years of effort swept away / Tsunami wiped out dikes, breakwaters that took decades to build
Municipalities along the Sanriku coast spent decades building larger, stronger breakwaters to keep deadly tsunami out. However, many dikes and breakwaters--even the world's deepest--were simply swept away or left in ruins by the massive March 11 tsunami.....
Expert: Residences should be moved to higher ground
The government should consider moving residents living in low-lying costal areas to higher ground, according to a specialist in coastal engineering.....
Helping quake-stricken moms with infants thrive
Replete after drinking her mother's milk, 2-month-old Meika slept soundly on a futon at an evacuation center in Shichigahama, Miyagi Prefecture, as her mother gazed at her in relief on March 24. ...
Tokyo plunged into darkness as neon dims
Although Tokyo was mostly spared by the Great East Japan Earthquake, life in the metropolis has been transformed. With rolling power outages and efforts to save electricity, the capital is not the glittering city it once was. It is as if someone hit the dimmer switch. ..........
Mother who lost child touched by compassionate students
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--The story of a grieving mother whose daughter died in a fire following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has created a bond between the family of Airi Sato, and children far away in Kyushu. ....
Blind father searches for missing son
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--On the night before the Great East Japan Earthquake, Yasuhiro Naganuma and his wife took their 8-year-old son, Chihiro, to a conveyor-belt sushi restaurant to celebrate him getting his "first dan" in calligraphy..........
Mainichi JP(kyodo, AP)
Dog training facility in Miyagi keeps tails wagging after tsunami
In the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the coastal town of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture on March 11, Yumi Saito, the operator of a dog training facility in the city has been looking after 28 pets free of charge.....
Dentists struggle to identify those killed in quake disaster
KAMAISHI, Iwate -- Dentists here are frantically examining and recording the dental conditions of those found dead in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami to help confirm their identity.....
Japan, Indonesia seek Japan-ASEAN tie-ups in disaster management
JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- Japan and Indonesia agreed Saturday that Tokyo and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations should step up cooperation in disaster management and prevention, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.....
Voting kicks off in key regional elections across Japan
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Voting kicked off in local elections across Japan on Sunday after campaigning overshadowed by the worst crisis in Japan's postwar history, triggered by a massive earthquake off the northeastern coast on March 11.....
Kan visits tsunami-hit Ishinomaki in Miyagi Pref.
ISHINOMAKI (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited a devastated fishing area Sunday in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, during his third trip to northeastern Japan since a massive earthquake and tsunami ravaged the region nearly a month ago.....
Coast guard crew in disaster areas unable to vote in local elections
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Some 170 crew members aboard five Japan Coast Guard patrol ships were unable to vote in Sunday's local elections as they continued search and relief work in areas hit by last month's massive earthquake and tsunami.....
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