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Miyagi School, Which Lost 74 Kids in March 2011 Tsunami, Closed (News)

Ishinomaki, Miyagi Pref., Feb. 24 (Jiji Press)—A ceremony was held on Saturday to mark the closure of the Ōkawa elementary school in northeastern Japan, which lost 74 of its 108 students in the March 2011 earthquake-triggered massive tsunami. The closure of the municipal school in the city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, was decided in 2016, with no prospect of a recovery in the number of stu…

Tokyo Sees Highest Earthquake Risks in Old Town Districts (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)—The Tokyo metropolitan government released new area-by-area five-notch earthquake risk assessments on Thursday, seeing the highest danger level for 85, or 1.6%, of all areas in the Japanese capital, mainly old town districts where old wooden houses are concentrated on relatively soft ground. The metropolitan government updated its assessments of building collapse, fi…

Japan Team Starts Rescue Activities in Quake-Hit Taiwan (News)

Taipei, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)—A seven-member Japanese team on Thursday started to search for people believed to be trapped in a building which tilted due to Tuesday's powerful earthquake in Taiwan. The team arrived in the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien earlier on Thursday. "Although the situation is difficult, we'll do our best," said one of the members, Yoneda Makiko, an official of the Japan…

Veterinarian Tokuda Ryūnosuke: Postdisaster Help for Pets and Owners Alike

Veterinarian Tokuda Ryūnosuke has worked tirelessly to improve postdisaster quality of life for both humans and animals. In addition to opening an evacuation shelter for pets and their owners after the Kumamoto Earthquakes, he has promoted TNR (trap, neuter, return) to reduce culling of stray cats in Japan and participated in a rabies eradication campaign in Bali, Indonesia. What is the driving force behind these activities?

Memorial Services Held 23 Years after 1995 Kobe Quake (News)

Kobe, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—Memorial services for more than 6,000 victims of the January 1995 powerful earthquake in Kobe, the capital of Hyōgo Prefecture, and nearby areas were held in the western Japan prefecture on Wednesday, which marked the twenty-third anniversary of the disaster. With those born after the earthquake now accounting for more than 40% of Kobe's population, the mourners reite…

Giant Christmas Tree in Kobe to Symbolize Quake Reconstruction (News)

Kobe, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—A towering 30-meter-high Christmas tree was placed at the port of Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, western Japan, on Friday as a symbol of reconstruction of areas devastated by earthquakes. The 30-meter high Christmas tree is put into place with the help of a crane in Kobe's Meriken Park on November 17, 2017. (© Jiji) The 24-ton hiba arborvitae, placed at the port's Meriken…

Japan to Release Notices on Big Nankai Trough Quakes within Hours of Abnormality (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)—The Japan Meteorological Agency said Thursday it will work to disclose its assessment of abnormal phenomena that could possibly lead to a massive earthquake along the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast from central to southwestern Japan as early as two hours after observing such precursors. The agency plans to initiate the scheme on a provisional basis at noon Wedne…

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…

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