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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…
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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…
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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, …
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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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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…
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Six Years On: Strawberry Pickers in Miyagi Set Guinness World Record (News)

Watari, Miyagi Pref., March 5 (Jiji Press)—A total of 1,141 people picked strawberries together on Sunday in an event in Miyagi Prefecture to promote a postdisaster revival of local strawberry farmers, setting a new Guinness World Record. The Miyagi towns of Watari and Yamamoto were the biggest production center of strawberries in the Tōhoku northeastern region until a 9.0-magnitude earthquake …
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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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Powerful Quake Strikes Fukushima, Causing Tsunami (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)—A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.4 struck Fukushima and other prefectures in eastern Japan Tuesday morning, causing tsunami in a wide area of the country's Pacific coast. It produced shaking of lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale in Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi Prefectures. Nakamura Kōji, senior coordinator for seismological info…
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British Expat: “Don’t Forget Ishinomaki!”

No single municipality suffered more from the March 2011 tsunami than Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, where the disaster claimed 3,500 lives and destroyed 20,000 buildings. British citizen and longtime Ishinomaki resident Richard Halberstadt, a passionate advocate for his adopted city, spoke with us about his 23-year relationship with the town and shared his perspective on the long and arduous road to reconstruction.
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Rehousing in Tōhoku: The Two Faces of ReconstructionKikuchi Masanori

The pace of recovery in the five years since the Tōhoku tsunami has varied by sector and locale. Big urban centers like Sendai have fared relatively well, and many local industries are making a comeback. Yet some 60,000 tsunami survivors—many of them elderly—remain in housing purgatory, especially in the region's smaller communities. Journalist Kikuchi Masanori continues his series on post-disaster recovery with a report on the reconstruction gap in Miyagi Prefecture.
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