Kyoto Geisha Visit Fukushima

Kyoto geisha visit FukushimaThe Hula Girls dance group and a party of geisha and ''maiko'' apprentice geisha from Kyoto are pictured at the Spa Resort Hawaiians leisure complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 27, 2012. The geisha visited the facility to assist in efforts to bring back tourists to the area hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and ensuing nuclear disaster.

Miracle Yeast Saves 300-year-old Fukushima Sake Tradition

Miracle yeast saves 300-year-old Fukushima sake traditionFor almost three centuries, the Tomizawa Shuzoten sake brewery has thrived in the quiet seaside town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, providing locals and beyond with its specialty, Shirafuji, a sake renowned for its pronounced flavor produced by a special family-grown yeast and the local hard water.

Documentary On Fukushima Town Screened At Berlin Film Festival

Documentary on Fukushima town screened at Berlin film festivalA documentary film featuring residents forced to evacuate their town, home to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, was screened Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival.   ''I hope nobody in the world will have such an experience like ours again,'' Katsutaka Idogawa, mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, said in a video message shown after the screening of the tentatively titled ''Nuclear Nation'' by director Atsushi Funahashi.

Toshiba Portable Gamma Camera

Toshiba Portable Gamma CameraToshiba Corp developed the "Portable Gamma Camera" which enables to easily find so-called "radiation hotspots."

The company will have a field test of the camera in collaboration with Fukushima City (Fukushima Prefecture, Japan) within December 2011 and begin to promote its use to the central bureaucracy and local governments in Japan in early 2012.

Panasonic Partially Resumes Oper.

Panasonic part. resumes oper.Panasonic Corp. said Friday it has partially resumed operations at its plants in quake-hit Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.

The Fukushima plant makes digital cameras, while the Sendai plant in Miyagi produces Blu-ray disc recorders.

Hitachi Resume Plant Operations

HitachiElectronics maker Hitachi Ltd. and heavy machinery builder IHI Corp. have resumed partial operations of their manufacturing plants in eastern Japan following their suspension since the March 11 devastating earthquake, their officials said Tuesday.

Hitachi's electricity generator plant in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, and its liquid crystal display factory in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, partially restored their production.

Honda Asimo May Help In Nuclear Crisis

Honda Asimo helps in nuclear crisisHonda's human-shaped robot can now run faster, balance itself on uneven surfaces, hop on one foot and pour a drink. Some of its technology may even be used to help out with clean-up operations at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

Genkai Reactors Resumption Ok

Genkai reactors resumption will be approvedHideo Kishimoto, mayor of Genkai, Saga Prefecture, will approve the resumption of two suspended reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant when he meets with Kyushu Electric Power Co. President Toshio Manabe on Monday morning, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

Japanese Cuisine Unesco Her.

Japanese cuisine as UNESCO heritageJapan’s farm ministry plans to recommend the nation’s food culture as a UNESCO-designated intangible cultural heritage, ministry officials said Wednesday.

Kan Defends Hamaoka Decision

Kan defends Hamaoka decisionPrime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday defended his decision last week to seek the suspension for safety reasons of operation of the Hamaoka nuclear power station in Shizuoka Prefecture, saying that history will be the judge of his decision.

Girolamo Panzetta To Help Japan

Girolamo PanzettaIn a recent interview with the Mainichi, Girolamo Panzetta, an Italian TV personality who has been living in Japan for over two decades, said he wanted to do all he could for Japan following the March 11 quake and tsunami, and the ongoing nuclear crisis.
Panzetta, 48, is married to a Japanese woman whose father is a native of Fukushima Prefecture, one of the regions most severely hit by the disaster.

2 Semi-automatic Guns Found

Processing plant in AizuwakamatsuA worker at a garbage processing plant in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, found two semi-automatic guns and 37 rounds of ammunition on Tuesday.

Police suspect the firearms’ owner found proper disposal of the weapons difficult and resorted to throwing them into the incombustible garbage.

Lighthouse In Fukushima Shines Once More

Lighthouse in Fukushima shines once moreThe Shioyasaki Lighthouse was illuminated on Nov. 30 for the first time since it was damaged in the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

The lighthouse, which was opened on a promontory on the Fukushima coastline in 1899, is one of Iwaki’s most popular tourist attractions.