Massive search by Japan, US 1 month after disaster
Monday marks a month since the massive earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the US military conducted a massive search for more than 14,000 missing people on Sunday....
Monday, April 11, 2011 02:24 +0900 (JST)
150,000 taking refuge 1 month after tsunami
On Monday, exactly one month passed since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, but about 150,000 people are still living at evacuation centers. Many have lost their homes, jobs and family members, and are facing the challenge of rebuilding their lives.....
Monday, April 11, 2011 05:16 +0900 (JST)
DPJ loses strength in prefectural assemblies
In Sunday's elections for prefectural assemblies, Japan's governing Democratic Party has fallen short of its pre-election strength. It did not become the biggest party in any of the assemblies.....
Monday, April 11, 2011 08:07 +0900 (JST)
Japan wants more Chinese tourists
The head of Japan's tourism agency has urged Chinese to visit Japan as part of the rebuilding effort.....
Monday, April 11, 2011 08:07 +0900 (JST)
only Chinese tourists? Of course, wants all tourists and No needed illegal entry
Disaster's economic effects
Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa says the nation's economy is under downward pressure after the March 11th earthquake and that the bank would support all necessary reconstruction efforts.....
Monday, April 11, 2011 13:05 +0900 (JST)
Tokyo liquefaction survey
A geotechnical expert has determined that the March 11th earthquake caused liquefaction in at least 4,200 hectares of land along Tokyo Bay.....
Monday, April 11, 2011 15:51 +0900 (JST)
Gov, DPJ drafting extra budget for reconstruction
Japan's government and the ruling Democratic Party are drafting a supplementary budget to fund the reconstruction of regions devastated by last month's earthquake and tsunami.....
Monday, April 11, 2011 16:53 +0900 (JST)
27,475 dead or missing in March 11th disaster
The number of people confirmed dead or missing from the March 11th disaster and aftershocks that hit northeastern Japan stands at 27,475. The number is likely to increase.....
Monday, April 11, 2011 18:09 +0900 (JST)
Tsunami devastates abalone fishing industry
The March 11 tsunami dealt a crippling blow to abalone fishing along the Tohoku region's Sanriku coast, sweeping tons of debris into the sea and destroying fishing vessels.....
Presumption of death to be hastened
The government has decided to shorten the period required for the presumption of death of persons missing in disasters from the current one year to three months, it has been learned.
The change will allow the timely payments of life insurance benefits, survivors' benefits from workers' compensation and pension payments to families of missing people presumed killed in the March 11 disaster....
Tokyo Disneyland to reopen Friday
Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, will resume operations Friday after being closed since the March 11 earthquake, the amusement park's operator Oriental Land Co. said.
But given the electricity shortage caused by power plant shutdowns in the wake of the March 11 disaster, Tokyo Disneyland will not operate after 6 p.m. for the time being. ....
Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)
Head of Turkish aid team confident of Japan's fast recovery
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The head of the Turkish relief workers' team said Sunday he is confident that Japan will swiftly recover from the quake-triggered disaster, despite the "unimaginably" ravaged situation he saw during the team's operations in the country's northeastern region.....
1 in 6 quake victims feel 'unbearable' in shelters away from home: poll
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Of people taking refuge outside their home prefectures after the March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami, one in six polled feel it is "unbearable" to continue living in such shelters away from their homes, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.....
Miyagi Pref. aims to reconstruct disaster-hit areas by fiscal 2020
SENDAI (Kyodo) -- The Miyagi prefectural government aims to reconstruct, rather than simply restore, cities and towns devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami with a new vision by fiscal 2020, a draft of its basic plan obtained by Kyodo News showed Sunday.....
14,000 still missing 1 month after quake-tsunami
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Over 14,000 people remain missing and there are few signs of the crisis at a crippled nuclear power plant ending soon as Japan on Monday marked one month since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern and eastern regions....
103 bodies found in 2nd intensive search in tsunami-hit zone
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A joint Japan-U.S. team recovered 99 bodies Sunday in tsunami-hit northeastern Japan, the Defense Ministry said Monday, bringing the total number of bodies found in the day to 103, including four found by the Japan Coast Guard....
Kan to face political test when post-quake crisis eases
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Faced with legislative turmoil even before the triple tragedy of an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis struck Japan's northeastern coast on March 11, the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan now must negotiate a drastically altered political landscape.....
Kan doesn't need to quit despite poor election results, Edano says
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan does not need to step down to take the blame for the major setback suffered by his ruling party in the first round of nationwide local elections over the weekend, Japan's top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Monday.....
1 month later: Huge task to restore disaster-hit areas continues
Local governments and residents in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing tsunami are stepping up their efforts to restore their communities as one month has passed since the March 11 disaster....
Despite gov't calls for restraint, disaster-area breweries encourage cherry-blossom parties
Following the extensive damage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, many across Japan thought that cherry-blossom viewing parties were inappropriate. However, arguments that holding back on the consumption of food and drink will only slow the economic recovery of the hardest hit regions have since taken hold, and though delayed, many of Tokyo's favorite locations have turned out as lively as usual.....
1 month after devastating quake, family's desperate search for baby boy goes on
One month after the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, more than 14,000 people still remain missing. For some families, that means a continuation of their desperate search to find missing loved ones -- including those who are too young to speak for themselves....
2 major steelmakers contribute to electrical power using private power plants
Ever since a massive earthquake and tsunami caused a serious accident at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture and damaged thermal power plants in Ibaraki Prefecture and elsewhere, two major steel companies have been running their own thermal power stations at full capacity to help supplement the low power supply....