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Four people were injured in a series of attacks by at least two bears on Saturday and Sunday in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture. According to police, the first attack took place on Saturday evening in a garden, where an 81-year-old man was attacked from
When the quake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, struck northeast Japan, the lives of 367 first responders police, firefighters and district welfare workers were lost in the three worst-affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. Among them was
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, regional governments have been reviewing their disaster plans and enhancing preparations, from boosting buildings' quake resistance to increasing their stockpiles of emergency food and blankets for immediate use.
Work started Monday to modify the appearance of the preserved miracle pine that withstood the March 2011 tsunami that devastated Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, after the public complained that it looked wrong. The tree, the only one still standing
Federal officials say a fishing boat that washed ashore in Northern California is the first debris to reach the state that's been confirmed as having come from the Japanese tsunami. The Del Norte Triplicate reports (http://bit.ly/15MeRTl ) that the
With degrees in fine arts, Akiyoshi Osumi used his creative talents to coin a perfect slogan for the Appi Kogen Snow Resort: Be Happy in Appi. Appi, which is open for spring skiing until May 6, really is an oasis of happiness in northern Iwate
Former reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano announced Saturday that he will leave the Democratic Party of Japan and run in the upcoming Upper House election as an independent, a local DPJ official said. Hirano, 58, an Upper House member, expressed
Four people were killed in a house fire in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on Monday night. A neighbor reported the fire at about 10 p.m., according to Fuji TV. Firefighters tackled the blaze for around two hours before finally bringing it under control...
A documentary about a Japanese man who rebuilt his home after it was destroyed by a tsunami, got a special mention at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film, "Senzoninaru," called "Roots" in English, was singled out by the ecumenical jury
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited the tsunami-hit region of Iwate Prefecture to inspect reconstruction work and assure displaced residents that his government would do everything to help them. Abe's visit to Iwate follows a similar one to