Tohoku loses 10% of small businesses

The number of small- and medium-sized businesses in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, the three hit hardest by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, decreased 10.6 percent in 2012 from 2009, the government said Friday. By prefecture, Iwate suffered a decline of 9.1 percent, Miyagi 11 percent and Fukushima 11.2 percent. The falls are … Read more

After Catastrophe

By Scott Carlson For a lesson in the compounding effects of surprising events, go back to a March afternoon in 2011: A powerful earthquake hits 40 miles off the eastern coast of Japan. The country’s building codes ensure that most structures can cope with even this major stress, but a resulting tsunami pounds the shore, … Read more

UPDATE 08022011 Sport-bag

レスキュージャパンでは様々な団体、企業、個人と協力しスポーツバッグ100個を石巻の子供たちに寄付しました We oragnized to get 100 sport-bags donated to children in Ishinomaki.The below is the report who presented the donated sport-bags at the community festival —– As background information, Aikawa and Yoshihama Elementary Schools have been consolidated into Hashiura.  There are about 178 children in six grades.  That doesn’t sound like many for three elementary schools, … Read more