April 6, 2011

Wife of mayor Futoshi Toba found dead

The wife of mayor Futoshi Toba (46) has been found dead in the city of Rikuzentakata where 1152 people died and 1231 are still missing because of the great earthquake and tsunami on March 11th. Mayor Toba identified his wife’s body at a morgue in the evening of April 5th....   read more

April 1, 2011

Numerous challenges present in relocating students from schools destroyed by tsunami

Schools were not spared from devastating damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake....   read more

March 29, 2011

Lack of cars, gas stymies search for missing kin

In areas hard hit by the March 11 disaster, many residents are increasingly desperate to learn whether their relatives survived and where they are....   read more

March 29, 2011

4,000 bodies still remain unidentified following quake

The identities of around 4,000 bodies collected following the March 11 mega earthquake and ensuing tsunami still remain unconfirmed in severely-damageds...
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March 25, 2011

Babies can bathe, be shampooed / Iodine levels in water not dangerous for infants; now within safety limits

In light of a recent warning that radioactive iodine exceeding the safety limit for infants was detected in Tokyo's tap water, experts said the level was not harmful for babies for the time being, and that babies could be bathed or have their hair washed in it....
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March 24, 2011

Survivors search wreckage for mementos of lives, loved ones

The disaster swept everything away--thousands of people, their homes, cars and personal belongings....   read more

March 20, 2011

Fukushima nuclear plant to be decommissioned: Gov't

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is in no condition to restart and is most likely to be decommissioned as it has caused many critical problems...   read more

March 20, 2011

Temporary housing construction begins in quake-stricken areas

RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Saturday marked the start of a massive effort to provide temporary housing to people displaced...   read more

March 19, 2011, 3:04 JST

90% of death by drowning -tsunami more severe than earthquake

Hirotaro Iwase, a forensic medicine specialist of Chiba University, after reviewing the cause of the 126 that died in Rikuzen-Takata in the Iwate prefecture, said that 90% of the death cause was from drowning...   read more


March 18, 2011, 10:20 JST

Japan Death Toll Update - March 18
Surpasses Kobe, Worst since WWII

“…it tolls for thee.” Day by day, hour by hour, body by body, the death toll grows. The true toll will never be a final number. People will die because of this event for a long time to come....   read more


March 17, 2011

A week after quake, Japan's leader vows to rebuild

TOKYO – Sirens wailed Friday along a devastated coastline to mark exactly one week since an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear emergency,
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March 17, 2011

For Japan tsunami survivors, woes keep mounting

Nearly a week after their home town was annihilated in a catastrophic tsunami, the 1,000-plus survivors of the small Japanese fishing town of Otsuchi are hanging by a thread....   read more


March 17, 2011

Body bag, coffin shortage in quake area of Japan

Hundreds of dead have washed ashore on Japan's devastated northeast coast since last week's earthquake and tsunami. Others were dug out of the debris yesterday by firefighters using pickaxes and chainsaws....   read more


March 16, 2011, 10:45 JST

Japan Survivors Face Harsh, Wintry Weather

If the trauma of going through a horrific earthquake and tsunami were not enough, survivors in Japan waiting in rubble to be rescued amid fears of radioactive exposure will have to continue enduring harsh cold, blustery winds and snow over the next few days....   read more

March 15, 2011, 10:45 JST

An earthquake, registering 6.4 on the the Richter Scale, has hit Shizuoka, Japan

On the 15th of March, 2011 at 10:45pm local time, an earthquake of 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit Shizuoka, which is 120km from Tokyo. Tokyo also felt the tremors.....   read more

March 15, 2011

Miracles in Japan: Four-Month-Old Baby, 70-Year-Old Woman Found Alive

Amid the silent corpses a baby cried out—and Japan met its tiniest miracle....   read more

March 15, 2011

Tide of bodies overwhelms quake-hit Japan

A tide of bodies washed up along Japan's coastline Monday, overwhelming crematoriums, exhausting supplies of body bags and adding to the spiraling humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis after the massive earthquake and tsunami.....   read more

March 14, 2011, 08:04 JST

Metropolitan railway system amid great confusion-Most canceled or partially operational

Due to shortage of power as a result of the recent earthquakes, TEPCO has announce that it will be conducting a planned outage of power from the 14th, but the indecisiveness of the exact timing of the implementation has caused confusion in the Tokyo metropolitan area....   read more

March 14, 2011, 01:51 JST

Cooling system fails at another Fukushima nuclear reactor

The cooling system failed at another reactor at the troubled No. 1 Fukushima nuclear power plant Sunday, as the government acknowledged that a meltdown may have already hit the quake-damaged site.....   read more

March 14, 2011, 01:51 JST

Tokyo Electric to start power rationing

The Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced it will implement planned power outages to cope with severe electricity shortages in the wake of Friday's massive earthquake....   read more


March 14, 2011

Over 10,000 deaths feared in quake-tsunami, nuclear crisis continues

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The death toll from Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern and eastern Japan will likely surpass 10,000,...   read more


March 13, 2011

Japan crisis 'worst since WW2'

Japan is experiencing its greatest hardships since World War II as it tackles the aftermath of an earthquake, tsunami and a growing nuclear crisis, Prime Minister Naoto Kan says...   read more


March 13, 2011, 18:54 JST

Planned outages considered

Japan's trade and industry minister has proposed planned power outages to deal with severe electricity shortages as major power companies struggle to cope with the aftermath of Friday's massive earthquak.... read more

Industry Minister

March 13, 2011

Workers scramble to cool reactors; official says 2nd blast possible

Workers continued efforts to cool down fuel rods inside two nuclear reactors Sunday as a government official warned that a second explosion could occur at the plant....
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March 13, 2011

Hydrogen buildup may cause blast at No.3 reactor

This October 2008 photo shows the Fukushima No. 1 power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says that a hydrogen explosion may occur...   read more

Fukushima Elect

March 13, 2011

Japan quake magnitude raised to 9.0

Japan's Meteorological Agency says the magnitude of Friday's earthquake that hit the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan was 9.0 instead of 8.8 as earlier announced....
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March 13, 2011

Quake evacuees reach 380,000 in Tohoku

About 380,000 people have evacuated their homes in northeastern Japan after a major earthquake shook the region on Friday. NHK's survey has found that ...   read more


March 13, 18:53 JST

Man saved at sea 3 days after tsunami

Japan's Defense Ministry says one of its naval vessels rescued a man swept away by tsunami waves off Fukushima Prefecture....   read more


March 13, 2011

US Navy to join MSDF in search for missing

US Navy ships, including an aircraft carrier, will join vessels from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force in the search for the missing off the coast of the country's quake-hit northeast....   read more

US Navy

March 11, 2011, 11:11 AM

Kesennuma City On Fire

Japan's Kesennuma City burned in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country. The city is near where the epicenter of the earthquake was. It has a population of slightly over 74,000 people. Huge fires continued to rage for 3 days.

March 11, 2011

9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering devastating tsunami...

On March 11, an 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that has swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country. Cars, trucks, boats, and buildings are swept away by the force of tsunami waters caused by a powerful earthquake in Japan.