Posts Tagged ‘ Tohoku ’

Japan’s silent killer

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10/13/2012
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Despite laws and regulations, asbestos drifts through the Japanese air TOKYO (majirox news) — Many buildings in Japan were built in the past using asbestos, the use was banned in Japan only in 2004, many years after bans imposed in other developed nations. When such buildings are demolished, there is a risk of carcinogenic...
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Pilgrimage – 600 kilometers, 150 chanted sutras, and 20,000 written sutras

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03/14/2012
Pilgrimage – 600 kilometers, 150 chanted sutras, and 20,000 written sutras

TOKYO (majirox news) — Renjo Miura, a Buddhist priest of the Nichiren sect, made a 600-kilometer pilgrimage on foot, starting on June 18 last year, and finishing on August 1. His purpose was to comfort the souls of those who died in last year’s earthquake and tsunami, where nearly 16,000 people perished, and more...
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Faiths join hands in mourning

A memorial service for the disaster victims

Faiths gather together to remember the dead, and to help those who have lost all TOKYO (majirox news) — The country paused in sadness on March 11 to mark the first anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident that claimed nearly 19,000 lives and triggered a continuing reconstruction crisis. The government...
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Who’s afraid of TEPCO: Japan’s Atomic Energy Insurance Pool

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12/11/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was recently informed by the Japan Atomic Energy Insurance Pool, which is comprised of Japan’s leading 23 insurance companies, that they would not be renewing TEPCO’s liability insurance. It will be due for renewal this coming January. “Without liability insurance, it’s feared that the...
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Yoko Ono takes part in disaster charity auction

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10/06/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Yoko Ono, Tadanori Yokoo, Yayoi Kusama and other renowned artists will take part in a charity auction to help the museums in Tohoku and North-Kanto that were damaged in the recent disaster. The Japanese Council of Art Museums and over 400 artists are providing artwork free of charge to be...
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Dharma diva shows bopping to Buddha done better by nun

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09/28/2011
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TOYKO (majirox news) — Akari Miura is using her unique position as head priest of a temple and a professional singer-songwriter to try and draw people back to Buddhism. The 28-year-old diva of the dharma is the head priest at the Komyoji Temple in Nara. She released her debut single, Arigato, two months ago...
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1.22 million ordered to evacuate amid typhoon threat

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09/21/2011
1.22 million ordered to evacuate amid typhoon threat

TOKYO (majirox news) — About 1.22 million people in western and central Japan have been ordered to evacuate their homes with Typhoon No. 15 expected to hit them directly on Sept. 21. The Meteorological Agency said the typhoon is expected to bring gale-force winds and heavy rains as it directly strikes central and western Japan...
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Unemployment rate skyrockets in disaster areas

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09/06/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Unemployment has almost doubled in the prefectures hit worst by the March 11 disasters, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Sept. 6. Newly jobless numbers in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures from March 12, the day after a massive earthquake and tsunami hammered Tohoku and triggered...
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Organizations pedaling hope for devastated communities

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08/31/2011
The Three Amigos, from left to right: Mark McBennett, Lowell Sheppard, Tony Torres Photo Credit: JC2C

TOKYO (majirox news) — Millions of cyclists ride their bikes every day in Japan to go to work, school, shopping, exploring or for pleasure. However, another group of riders will soon take to the streets, participating in a 300-kilometer (180-mile) ride Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 to raise money for communities devastated by the...
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Doctor carries hope to devastated town fighting back from disaster

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08/26/2011
Medecins du Monde Japon helping at an evacuation center Photo Credit: Medecins du Monde Japon

Slightly built and soft-spoken, at first glance, Dr. Suimei Morikawa does not appear a likely candidate to carry hope to a place that hasn’t much of it. Yet that’s exactly what he’s doing for Otsuchi, an Iwate Prefecture town among the most devastated places struck by the March 11 disasters. Morikawa raced to Otsuchi...
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