Victims Of 2011 Tsunami Remembered At Temple

Victims of 2011 tsunami remembered at temple

A crowd of people visited a four-century-old temple in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan on Saturday to pay respects to the victims of the March 11, 2011 tsunami.

People in the region have been remembering the victims on the 11th of every month since the disaster that left nearly 16,000 people dead. More than 1,600 people remain unaccounted for.

Tsunami-hit Daycare To Reopen In Miyagi

Tsunami-hit daycare to reopen in Miyagi

People in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan are celebrating the re-opening of a daycare center for children that was destroyed by the 2011 tsunami.

On Sunday, former and current staff members, and local residents attended a ceremony to mark the finish of the new facility's construction in the Yuriage district of the coastal city of Natori.

Railway Opens In Tsunami-hit Coastal Area

Railway opens in tsunami-hit coastal area

A coastal railway line running through a disaster-hit area of northeastern Japan has opened for business.

Miyako and Kamaishi stations on the Rias Line in Iwate Prefecture connect the northern and southern segments of the line, completing a network that stretches 163 kilometers.

Tsunami-hit School Buildings Open As Memorial

Tsunami-hit school buildings open as memorial

Buildings of a high school in northeastern Japan that were heavily damaged in the 2011 tsunami have opened to the public as a memorial to the disaster.

About 60 people, including city officials, took part in a ceremony in the city of Kesennuma on Sunday. They observed a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster.

Returning Personal Items Lost During Tsunami

Returning personal items lost during tsunami

Photos, letters and other personal items lost during the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 in northeastern Japan are on display in Tokyo, in an effort to return them to the owners or their loved ones.

Eight years after the massive disaster, a private organization commissioned by Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture is still holding onto about 75,000 recovered items.

Tsunami Risk Affects Plans For Olympic Sailing

Tsunami risk affects plans for Olympic sailing

The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has decided to reduce the number of spectators for a sailing event by over 30 percent to allow a quick evacuation if a tsunami occurs.

The organizers had initially set a maximum capacity of 5,000 spectators for the venue on the Enoshima coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo.

Work To Demolish Tsunami-hit Town Hall Begins

Work to demolish tsunami-hit town hall begins

Workers have started demolishing a former town hall building in northern Japan that was severely damaged by the tsunami on March 11th, 2011.

People of Otsuchi Town in Iwate Prefecture have been divided for nearly eight years over whether to demolish the building or preserve it as a memorial to the disaster.

Kono: Japan Ready To Help Tsunami-hit Areas

Kono: Japan ready to help tsunami-hit areas

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to provide as much support as it can to the areas hit by Saturday's tsunami in Indonesia.

On Monday, two days after the tsunami struck the islands of Java and Sumatra, Kono sent a message to his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi.

Groups Report On Searches For 2011 Tsunami Missing

Groups report on searches for 2011 tsunami missing

Volunteers have reported on their searches for people who remain missing after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.

About 20 people, including experts and families of the missing, attended a meeting on Sunday in Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture.

Survivors Sad About Tsunami-hit Factory Demolition

Survivors sad about tsunami-hit factory demolition

Survivors of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan say they are going to miss a disaster-hit factory that has become a symbol of their community.

The demolition of the seafood factory began on Friday in the Yuriage district of Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, where more than 700 people died in the tsunami.

Tepco Ex-chairman: Tsunami Couldn't Be Predicted

TEPCO ex-chairman: tsunami couldn't be predicted

In a trial at a Tokyo court, a former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company has claimed that the massive tsunami that led to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster could not be predicted.

Former TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto were indicted on charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury.

Smartphone App For Tsunami Evacuation Developed

Smartphone app for tsunami evacuation developed

Japanese researchers say they have developed a smartphone application that will help evacuate people in densely populated urban areas if a tsunami occurs.

The new app was jointly developed by a team of researchers from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science of Tohoku University and Fujitsu Laboratories, in cooperation with the city of Kawasaki, near Tokyo.

Ex-tepco Exec Denies Tsunami Accusations

Ex-TEPCO exec denies tsunami accusations

A Tokyo court has begun questioning 3 former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company about their involvement in the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Former chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto were indicted by court-appointed lawyers on charges of professional negligence resulting in death. All 3 have denied the charges.

Fukushima Daiichi To Be Reinforced Against Tsunami

Fukushima Daiichi to be reinforced against tsunami

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant plans to build additional seawalls along its damaged reactors.

Its aim is to keep another possible mega-tsunami from causing the leakage of highly radioactive water accumulated in the basement of buildings housing 3 reactors that suffered a meltdown following the 2011 quake and tsunami.