Which religious groups were most successful in raising funds for earthquake victims in the devastated parts of Tohoku? In its Golden Week double issue, Flash (May 8-15) ran an article about the heretofore unreported nexus between last year’s disaster and religion. The most generous donor by far, which mustered some 20,000 volunteers over 130 days — approaching the Self-Defense Forces in equipment and speed — was the 40-year-old “Hinokishin Brigade” of the Tenrikyo Sect, which also donated some
Orix Buffaloes outfielder Takahiro Okada was diagnosed with a pulled left hamstring, team sources said Friday.
Okada hurt his leg while batting in the eighth inning in a game against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Thursday. He is scheduled to take part in practice on Saturday, and will play depending on his condition.
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More than half of the farmers affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region remain unable to resume work, the government said in its fiscal 2011 white paper for agriculture released Tuesday.
With only about 40 percent of farmers who suffered tsunami damage having replanted, restoring the industry in the disaster-hit area continues to be the government’s agricultural policy priority, the annual report said.
Regarding the March 4 Kyodo article “Food must be cleansed, Chernobyl expert warns”: Many Japanese citizens are skeptical about the safety of products suspected of having been [irradiated by substances] released from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Many are losing their jobs as demand for these products decreases. This may be one factor related to the increasing suicide rate in the affected regions. An overall imbalance in Japan’s economy — in which the Tohoku area slows while western Japan enjoys a booming economy — can no longer be ignored.
As for the issue of radioactive decontamination, the Japanese government should ask for more assistance from experts on the Chernobyl nuclear accident (1986). To regain the trust of its citizens, the government should disclose more information on how it plans to enforce regulations concerning the cleansing process.
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March will forever be a month to remember in Japan. Already a year has gone by since that awful 11th of March when the world erupted in all sorts of ways around us. Given all the terrible things that happened then and continue to haunt us now, what are the values that we need to hold most dear? What kind of mindset do we need to maintain so that we do not return unquestioningly back to the old ways of doing things — the same ways that lie under some of the crucial man-made problems that followed the natural disasters that hit us just over a year ago.
As I contemplate these things, the words that come to mind are diversity and inclusiveness. Diversity provides you with alternatives in times of crises. This was such an important part of the lesson we learned over the few weeks immediately following the earthquake and tsunami disasters in the Tohoku region.
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The Tohoku region continues to struggle beyond the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake, particularly Fukushima Prefecture, whose recovery is being greatly hampered by the triple-meltdown crisis at a coastal nuclear plant.
But before the severity of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster was put on a par with Chernobyl on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale at level 7, the prefecture was synonymous with less infamous attributes, including abundant nature and agriculture and a rich history.
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Pray for Japan is a feature length documentary film I began when volunteering in Tohoku, Japan after the earthquake and tsunami tragedy. I shot 40 hours of footage over 5 weeks in Tohoku, interviewing over 30 people – from victims to volunteers. The…
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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda send out written requests to municipalities nationwide Friday to join in the disposal of the millions of tons of debris generated by last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region.
Noda is seeking cooperation from municipalities outside the three disaster-stricken prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima to accept and incinerate some of the debris to speed up reconstruction.
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Thousands converged on Tokyo’s Hibiya Park over the weekend to hold candlelight services, play music and offer prayers to commemorate the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, one of the largest of many such rallies and gatherings across the capital.
Nonprofit groups and nongovernmental organizations at the park in Chiyoda Ward set up booths and tents where they handed out pamphlets calling for aid for the crisis-struck Tohoku region and to share their thoughts on the year.
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Governors and municipal leaders outside the Tohoku region said Friday they hope to take in some of the March 11 quake and tsunami debris, despite vocal opposition from their citizenry and antinuclear activists, if the refuse is deemed not radioactive.
“I am deeply sorry that the disposal of debris has not really progressed,” said Environment Minister Goshi Hosono after an event in which local-level leaders outside Tohoku said they were willing to accept some of the debris.
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