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Japanese Rescue Workers Search for Survivors After Mexico City Earthquake (Japan in Photos)

A Japan Disaster Relief team joins in rescue efforts in Mexico City on the afternoon of September 21, 2017, after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit Central Mexico on September 19. Initially assigned to a collapsed apartment block in the Mexican capital’s Benito Juárez borough, the team recovered the body of a 19-year-old woman in the early hours of September 22. All members paid their respects by…

Sony High-Tech Plant Prepares for the Next Big OneYasui Takayuki

As major earthquakes could take place anywhere in Japan, they are a significant risk for the country’s high-tech firms. Precision equipment in plants can be easily damaged. Following last year’s earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture, a Sony subsidiary is taking action to reduce the potential impact of a future disaster on production.

New “Shachihoko” Ornaments for Quake-Hit Kumamoto Castle Unveiled (News)

Kumamoto, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)—New shachihoko ornaments for the towers of Kumamoto Castle in the city of Kumamoto went on display Wednesday at a tourist facility near the castle, which was heavily damaged by powerful earthquakes in April last year. Four new shachihoko roof ornaments for Kumamoto Castle were unveiled on August 30, 2017, to replace those damaged or destroyed in the 2016 Kumamoto…

A Silent Prayer for Flood Victims in Kyūshū (Japan in Photos)

Members of the Self-Defense Forces give a silent prayer in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, on July 19, 2017. The city was among the areas hardest hit by heavy rain that affected northern Kyūshū two weeks ago and has been the scene of ongoing search efforts following the disaster. As of the afternoon of July 19, there have been 34 confirmed fatalities in Fukuoka and Ōita Prefectures, while 7 peopl…

Major Fukushima Beach Reopens After Seven Years (News)

Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., July 15 (Jiji Press)—Usuiso Beach in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, reopened Saturday to bathers for the first time in seven years. The last time the bathing area was open to beachgoers was in the summer of 2010, before the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear accident. High-schoolers test the waters in Iwaki, Fukushima, after performing a hula dan…

Heavy Rain Kills 21, Leaves More Than 20 Missing in Southwestern Japan (News)

Fukuoka/Oita, July 9 (Jiji Press)—A total of 21 people had been confirmed dead as of Sunday in rain-drenched areas of Fukuoka and Ōita Prefectures, while more than 20 people remained unaccounted for in Fukuoka and about 150 people were waiting to be rescued in Ōita. Separately, five bodies have been found in neighboring Saga Prefecture, which faces the Ariake Sea, and other locations. Believing…

Residents Evacuate After Torrents in Kyūshū (Japan in Photos)

A member of the Self-Defense Forces carries a woman through a flooded neighborhood in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, on the morning of July 6, 2017. Record rainfall in Kyūshū has forced around 400,000 people to evacuate their homes. SDF troops, police officers, and firefighters have been dispatched to conduct search operations in the area. (© Jiji)

One Year On: Tourism Recovery Tardy in Aso Area (News)

Aso, Kumamoto Pref., April 13 (Jiji Press)—Many sightseeing spots in Kumamoto Prefecture are gradually winning back visitors a year after a series of powerful earthquakes. But the recovery of tourism has been tardy in the city of Aso, although it has Mount Aso, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in the Kyūshū prefecture, partly because of the slow pace of restoration in transportation inf…

One Year On: Long-Term Psychological Care Needed for Kumamoto Kids (News)

Kumamoto, April 13 (Jiji Press)—Long-term psychological care is needed for children in Kumamoto Prefecture, where new stress cases are still emerging one year after the powerful earthquakes in and near the southwestern Japan prefecture, teachers and psychologists say. The prefecture and surrounding areas in the Kyūshū region were hit by powerful quakes for weeks following the first major one th…

One Year On: Death Toll from Kumamoto Quakes Top 200 (News)

Kumamoto, April 13 (Jiji Press)—The death toll from a series of strong earthquakes that mainly hit Kumamoto Prefecture one year ago has topped 200 in the southwestern Japan prefecture, including those who died due to indirect causes. Progress has been made on reconstruction efforts in disaster areas, with displaced people having restarted life in temporary housing. But some roads remain closed,…

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