March 07, 2014
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--In areas recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, businesses struggling to secure workers are increasingly turning to foreign trainees.
March 03, 2014
About 60 percent of leaders of municipalities heavily damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami fear that preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will hamper...
March 01, 2014
SAKAI, Osaka Prefecture--Using bark from the official tree of Kamaishi, night students at Sakai Technical High School have made “senko” incense sticks, to be used at the...
February 27, 2014
DAZAIFU, Fukuoka Prefecture--A storied shrine has given five symbolic Japanese apricot trees to a high school in Fukushima Prefecture that was seriously damaged during the...
February 14, 2014
FUKUSHIMA--The prefectural dental association has started a five-year study to measure radiation levels in baby teeth to better determine the health effects of the 2011...
February 04, 2014
The Abe administration has massively increased budgetary outlays for public works projects as part of recovery efforts from the Great East Japan Earthquake, but some residents...
January 24, 2014
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--About 7,000 people across Japan created a Buddhist statue from trees of a forest that was flattened by the 2011 tsunami.
January 16, 2014
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The southern part of this ghost town that co-hosts the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is to be turned into a base for recovery...
January 04, 2014
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--English teacher Ryan McDonald says that Fukushima Prefecture is beautiful, but nobody back home in the United States believes him.
January 02, 2014
Hoping to provide more than just much-needed entertainment, two traveling theater groups are touring the northeastern Tohoku region, heavily damaged by the March 2011 Great...
December 31, 2013
MORIOKA--For two consecutive years, brewer Hidemine Furudate has achieved his unusual goal of selling at least 15,994 bottles of sake.
December 21, 2013
The Abe Cabinet approved guidelines that take a more realistic approach to rebuilding Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear accident, including abandoning the goal of...
December 15, 2013
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--With Christmas just around the corner, staff at Nemoto Engei in the city’s Haramachi district are busy shipping pots of cyclamen.
December 14, 2013
KYOTO--Researchers say they have developed a new technology for efficiently isolating and removing fine particles that contain radioactive cesium from farm soil.
December 11, 2013
FUKUSHIMA--Hisaichi Abe is a fruit grower in Fukushima who saw shipments of his Fuji apples drastically reduced after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
December 09, 2013
MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture—Matsushima Bay in disaster-hit Miyagi Prefecture has become the first Japanese member of a France-based environmental group’s “Most...
December 07, 2013
AOMORI--Chikano Fujima, known as the “last geisha” of Kamaishi, was rendered virtually helpless after her house and all her kimono, obi sashes and samisen string instrument ...
November 28, 2013
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. said it will build a new storage terminal for liquefied natural gas at Soma Port in Fukushima Prefecture, which was severely damaged in the 2011 ...
November 26, 2013
For the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, local farmers are preparing a delicacy known as "anpo" persimmon.
November 25, 2013
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Just 10 days after arriving in Japan as the new U.S. ambassador, Caroline Kennedy is making a two-day visit to areas devastated by the 2011...