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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…

Japanese Panel Seeks to Use Vacant Houses in Event of Major Quake (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese government advisory panel on Tuesday proposed utilizing private vacant houses and rooms to provide temporary housing in the event of a major earthquake. The experts' panel set up by the Cabinet Office said the government needs to determine the location of vacant houses and rooms that can be used in the event of a disaster beforehand to secure candidate pla…

Japanese Convenience Store Installs Lifeboat Against Tsunami (News)

Minamichita, Aichi Pref., May 9 (Jiji Press)—A Seven-Eleven Japan Co. convenience store in Minamichita, a town on the southern tip of the Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture, has installed a lifeboat for use in the event of a tsunami. This move is part of preparations for a huge tsunami as high as 9.5 meters that is predicted to hit the central Japan town if a powerful temblor occurs in the ear…

Precipitous Prayers: Trail to National Treasure Nageiredō Reopens After Earthquake (Japan in Photos)

Ascetic monks pray at the Nageiredō in Tottori Prefecture on April 18, 2017. The steep trail leading to the precariously perched hall, part of the Sanbutsuji temple complex on Mount Mitoku, was recently reopened after incurring damage in a strong earthquake in October 2016. The hall is a national treasure and is thought to have been founded sometime in the twelfth century. (© Jiji.)  

The Sun Rises on Kumamoto Castle One Year After Devastating Earthquakes (Japan in Photos)

A turret and towers of Kumamoto Castle lay silhouetted against the sunrise on April 14, 2017, one year after a string of earthquakes heavily damaged the historic structure. Communities in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures are still working to rebuild after the devastating temblors that destroyed homes and businesses. The overall death toll from the disaster surpassed 200, including indirect causes…

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…

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