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High Radiation Levels Detected at Bottom of Fukushima Reactor Vessel (News)

Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)—A radiation level of 11 sieverts per hour has been detected in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Tuesday. The reading was measured in a survey using a robot on Sunday at a point some 30 centimeters above the bottom of the containment vessel of the p…

Japan Marks Sixth Anniversary of March 11 Quake, Tsunami (News)

Tokyo, March 11 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government held a ceremony on Saturday to mark the sixth anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent massive tsunami that mainly hit the Tōhoku northeastern region of the country. Some 900 people attended the event, held at the National Theater in central Tokyo, including representatives of bereaved families of victims of the disaster, Pr…

What Tōhoku Can Teach Harvard Business School StudentsYamazaki Mayuka

Every year since 2012, students from Harvard Business School have been traveling to the disaster areas of Tōhoku. What do the students learn there and what can they do in return for the people of Tōhoku? Here, one of the organizers talks about what she learned from the program.

A New Shopping Center for a Tsunami-Struck TownKikuchi Masanori

The Miyagi Prefecture town of Minamisanriku was devastated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. Nearly six years on, a permanent shopping center is finally in place, and hopes are high that this will accelerate the community’s recovery. But considerable challenges remain.

Sonata on “Tsunami Violin” Dedicated to Disaster Victims (News)

Rikuzentakata, Iwate Pref., March 9 (Jiji Press)—A sonata played on a violin made of wood swept away by the March 2011 tsunami was dedicated to the disaster victims on Thursday in front of a pine tree on Japan's northeastern Pacific coast that miraculously survived the massive waves. Kudō Takashi plays the “tsunami violin” in front of a lone pine tree on Japan’s northeastern coast on March 9, …

Aftershocks of March 2011 Megaquake Increase Last Year (News)

Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)—Japan saw a reversal last year of the downtrend in the number of aftershocks of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the Japan Meteorological Agency has said. In the year through Monday, the number of aftershocks that measured one or higher on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 came to 784, up from the previous year's 620, according to data relea…

Tokyo Poster Conveys Scale of 2011 Tsunami (Japan in Photos)

A poster on the Sony Building in Ginza, Tokyo, marks six years since the devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake. It includes a line highlighted in red at a height of 16.7 meters, the same as the tallest recorded wave in the 2011 tsunami, with the aim of reminding people of the scale of the disaster. Our translation of the sign's message: March 11. Each time this day comes aro…

Fukushima Daiichi Today: Successes and SetbacksTakahashi Hideki

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, nuclear energy reporter Takahashi Hideki visited the plant once again to cover recent efforts to locate molten fuel debris and correct misperceptions spread by irresponsible reporting.

Japan Bill Eyes Reconstruction Footholds in Fukushima (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting on Friday adopted a bill to set up reconstruction footholds in the no-go zone heavily contaminated by the March 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture. The bill would give priority to decontamination work and infrastructure development at the footholds, with costs shouldered by the central government. The governmen…

Most Fish Types Recover in 2–3 Years in Tsunami-Hit Bay (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)—Most types of fish and shellfish recovered in two to three years in a northeastern Japan bay washed by the March 2011 tsunami following a 9.0-magnutide earthquake, a five-year underwater survey has found. Such early recovery was confirmed in most locations in Mōne Bay in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, showed the study led by Masuda Reiji, Kyoto University associate pr…

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