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Court Orders Japan Government, TEPCO to Pay Damages over Nuclear Accident (News)

Fukushima, Oct. 10 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to pay a total of ¥500 million in damages to evacuees from the March 2011 triple meltdown at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In a lawsuit filed with Fukushima District Court in March 2013, some 3,800 residents in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures i…

Open-Air Art Draws Visitors to Disaster-Hit Ishinomaki (Japan in Photos)

A towering white deer sculpture on display at the Reborn-Art Festival in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The festival began on July 22 and will continue until September 10. Artworks can be seen in the city center and around the Oshika Peninsula. There will also be concerts, including an event from July 28 until 30 featuring the group Mr. Children and other performers at Kawasaki, also in Miyagi…

Even as Evacuation Orders are Lifted, Recovery Remains Distant Prospect for Many Fukushima ResidentsSuzuki Hiroshi

Six years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the government has lifted evacuation orders on four municipalities around the plant, allowing residents to return home for the first time since the meltdowns. The author, who has been involved in reconstruction planning since the evacuation orders were first given, calls for a multiple-track plan to meet the complicated needs of those who return and evacuees who continue to live elsewhere as evacuees.

Japan Lifts Evacuation Orders for Three Fukushima Areas (News)

Fukushima, March 31 (Jiji Press)—Japan on Friday lifted its evacuation orders for the village of Iitate and two other areas that had been enforced due to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in northeastern Japan. The move came six years after Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s power station suffered meltdowns after the huge earthquake and tsunami in Mar…

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…

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