As we rebuild, will people remember us?

In a few days, Miyagi Prefecture and all of Japan will mark the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. During this past year, we have had a number of foreign visitors to Miyagi, who have all expressed their surprise at how fast the area has cleaned up. My family and I visit my […]

HOPE AMID THE DISASTERS: One year later, Ishinomaki survivors continue to persevere

ISHINOMAKI, Japan — As students bustled through the many hallways, corridors and buildings at Ishinomaki Senshu University in December 2011, tangible reminders of the Great East Japan Earthquake were difficult to find on the hilltop campus, which escaped much of the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck nine months earlier. Many of […]

Great East Japan Earthquake commemoration events and fundraisers

Editor’s Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Saturday, March 10 Tatsumaki Taiko will perform at Berkeley Bowl, at 920 Heinz Ave. in Berkeley, Calif., from 1 to 3 p.m. Info: (510) 548-3508. Inori 311/Rise Japan presents “‘Akashi’: Candlelight Vigil Ceremony” from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan streets […]

Northern Japan’s fancy foods

Some 17,000 attendees swarmed the 1,300 companies that exhibited across 206,000 square feet of San Francisco’s expansive Moscone Center during the Winter Fancy Food Show. The specialty foods trade show, now in its 37th year, was held from Jan. 15 to 17. The National Association for Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) is a New York-based nonprofit currently celebrating […]

Veterinarian works to save surviving animals in Fukushima

A long row of cows is crowded at a gate, their heads straining through the metal as if desperately reaching for food. All of them are dead. For Dr. Shigeki Imamoto, a veterinarian who travels to Fukushima Prefecture to save animals in communities devastated by last year’s disaster, this was not an uncommon sight. In […]

A CALL TO ACTION: JCCCNC spearheads multimillion-dollar grassroots relief effort

On March 11, 2011, the world witnessed one of the most horrific and devastating natural disasters in Japan’s history. The country’s pain, sorrow and loss were felt worldwide. Within hours of the disaster, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) established the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (NJERF) to provide support for […]

Journey to Tohoku

In early November 2011, my wife and I traveled to the Tohoku area on the northeast coast of Japan to witness the aftermath of the enormous earthquake and tsunami that devastated that area on March 11, 2011. Watching the tsunami destroy everything in its path on our televisions and the Internet was frightening enough, but […]

MIYAGI FOOD: Healthy, delicious and safe

Since the tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s Tohoku region more than eight months ago, Japan has seen substantial decreases in foreign tourism. Many areas directly affected by the disaster are also experiencing decreased domestic and foreign sales of local food products amid concerns for radiation safety. The Consulate General of Japan in San […]

Holiday cards for hope

Are you looking for your holiday cards for the season? The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s (JCCCNC) Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund is selling bags with a set of 12 holiday cards ($35) that the survivors from the Tohoku area — which was stricken by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear […]

Leaders discuss future of Japan’s recovery at U.S.-Japan Council’s annual conference

WASHINGTON — The 2011 U.S.-Japan Council’s (USJC) annual conference, entitled “Innovate, Educate, Collaborate: Moving Forward the U.S.-Japan Partnership,” addressed the evolving relationship between the United States and Japan as leaders from both sides of the Pacific came to discuss the next step toward recovery. The U.S. delegation pledged continued commitment to Japan. The conference opened […]

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