Kennedy in Fukushima for first time as envoy, visits nuclear plant

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited Fukushima Prefecture on May 14 for the first time since she assumed her post last November and toured the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. “We are committed to providing support as long as it is necessary,” Kennedy said in a statement released after her […]

Japan marks three years since quake-tsunami disasters, nuclear crisis

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan marked the third anniversary of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 with prayers for more than 18,000 people who died or remain missing in the catastrophe, which also triggered the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Three years since the magnitude 9.0 quake, and […]

Great East Japan Earthquake Commemorative events

THROUGH MONDAY, MARCH 31 (with March 11 event) The Northern Japan Earthquake Recovery Fund, a project of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, is hosting “Let’s Keep the Flowers Blooming,” which provides people with the opportunity to share messages of “hope and friendship” to those in northern Japan. The project is accessible […]

Musings from a San Francisco native

JOURNEY By Peter Kenichi Yamamoto (San Francisco: self published, 2012, 71 pp., $8.95, paperback) Peter Yamamoto, a longtime member of San Francisco’s Japantown community, is often seen volunteering at the National Japanese American Historical Society. His artistic background from his parents and his roots in social activism including being a resident of the I-Hotel during […]

Reflections from Ishinomaki

Moved by the destruction from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and the devastating tsunami, in October of 2012, seven members of the Nakayoshi Young Professionals traveled to Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi Prefecture with the nonprofit Megumi Japan. Here, they share their reflections. Images of the insatiable tsunami created by the massive earthquake off the […]

Rebuilding in Ishinomaki, Japan

On March 11, 2011, one year and 10 months ago, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, followed by a tsunami of historic proportions, struck Japan. The damage and destruction was beyond belief. The exact number of lives lost is still unknown, but is estimated at 20,000. While the cost of recovery may not be known for decades, some […]

Bay Area welcomes Tohoku students

George Suzuki will never forget March 11, 2011, the fateful day that Japan was slammed with three disasters — a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a devastating tsunami that killed thousands and a nuclear meltdown that shook the nation to the core. He knew something was wrong, terribly wrong. His family’s home in Miyagi Prefecture began […]

Friendships and trials across nations

TOMO: FRIENDSHIP THROUGH FICTION – AN ANTHOLOGY OF JAPAN TEEN STORIES Edited By Holly Thompson (Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press, 2012, 384 pp., $14.95, paperback) Children’s author Holly Thompson, who resides in a seaside town in Kamakura near Tokyo, missed the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck while she was visiting […]

American who found balls swept away by tsunami happy owners are alive

KASILOF, Alaska (Kyodo) — An American who recently found soccer and volleyballs in Alaska that had floated across the Pacific Ocean after being swept away from northeastern Japan in the March 2011 quake-tsunami disaster said April 23 he is happy to know that the owner of the volleyball is alive as well after hearing the […]

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 […]

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