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16 Nov 2015 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

KOBE, 16 November 2015 - Tokyo The world’s first hybrid dam, combining both earth and concrete, is also earthquake proof and protects millions of people living on Japan’s vulnerable Toyoma plain from a repetition of a major disaster which occurred there in the mid-19th century.

In April 1858, due to a major earthquake, the mountain in the Tateyama Caldera collapsed and formed a natural dam but outbreaks caused deadly debris flows on to the Toyama plain below.

02 Nov 2015 description


  • Aggregate cereal production in 2015 forecast at an average level

  • Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year expected to increase slightly

Aggregate cereal production in 2015 forecast at an average level

30 Sep 2015 description

Voluntary return is one of the pillars of durable solutions proposed for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the international normative framework and human rights instruments. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011, which followed the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, displaced more than 150,000 persons as a large amount of radioactive materials were released from crippled reactors into the sea and atmosphere.

26 Sep 2015 description


• DUJUAN intensified into a Typhoon late on 24 September, while remaining over open waters. On 25 September, the Typhoon’s centre was located approximately 925 km south-east of the southernmost Japanese groups of islands, Yaeyama and Miyako. It had maximum sustained wind speed of 139 km/h and was moving with a north-west direction.

28 Jul 2015 description

By Lance Cpl. Daniel Jean-Pau | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific | July 27, 2015

CAMP NAHA, Japan - Marines with Marine Corps Installations Pacific and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, worked alongside the Japan Self Defense Force and Okinawa emergency services in the Churashima Rescue Exercise July 23, aboard Camp Naha, Okinawa Japan.

17 Jul 2015 description


• Typhoon NANGKA moved northwest towards southern mainland Japan over the past few days. On 16 July, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 200km southeast of Kochi city, on Shikoku island. Its maximum sustained wind speed was 120 km/h, having decreased over the past 24h.

• Within the following few hours, NANGKA is forecast to continue moving north-west, weakening further. Its centre may reach Shikoku island in the area east of Kochi in the afternoon of 16 July (UTC).

15 Jul 2015 description

It has been almost four and a half years since Japan was struck by the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

While the reconstruction process has advanced significantly in the area surrounding the crippled nuclear power plant, and many evacuees have now returned to their homes, the road to recovery remains a long one for many people still living in temporary shelters.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Press Governments to End Abuses, Consult With Communities

21 May 2015 description

As part of Japanese Red Cross Society programmes that are designed to help affected communities recovering after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, a new after-school club has been completed in Yamada town, Iwate prefecture, providing a safe place where the children can play together happily and freely after school.

17 May 2015 description

By Fredrik Dahl, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication

Vienna – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today provided its Member States with a report by Director General Yukiya Amano on the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, as part of continuous efforts to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide.

14 May 2015 description


  • Wheat production 2015 forecast to increase

  • Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year forecast at average levels

Wheat production 2015 forecast to increase

12 May 2015 description

Japan | 03:07 GMT

Powerful Typhoon Noul crashed into the southern Japanese island chain of Okinawa Tuesday, after killing two people in the Philippines, bringing surging waves and howling winds as it headed towards the mainland.

Heavy rain and gale-force gusts were lashing a wide swathe of the archipelago, television footage showed, as pedestrians struggled with their umbrellas and scurried for shelter.

Some crops were damaged and a number of buildings affected by the wind.

16 Apr 2015 description
report JEN

JEN has been involved in wide range of activities including helping victims make a living and restore their communities since right after the disaster in the Oshika Peninsula, the city of Ishinomaki. Its activities to restore communities have been conducted mainly in the Ohara district located in the middle of the peninsula.

15 Apr 2015 description

Ana Mosneaga

Finding a durable solution to a displacement situation is not a straightforward process. Cases of severe nuclear disasters that render areas unsafe for habitation for prolonged periods require interim or alternative solutions to meet the evolving needs, capacities, vulnerabilities and preferences of the displaced people. Existing international instruments offer crucial guidance, but greater appreciation of context is necessary to enhance their relevance.


07 Apr 2015 description

By Ann Weru

SENDAI, 7 April 2015 – Four years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the country’s business sector has lived up to its reputation for resilience and shown clearly why disaster preparedness is so important for recovery.

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011 battered the city of Sendai, which has just hosted the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, an event that offered a key opportunity to showcase the hazard-prone country’s ability to deal with a crisis and to build back better.

01 Apr 2015 description

By Ann Weru

FUKUSHIMA, 31 March 2015 – The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.

Fukushima has become synonymous with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011. The 9.0-magnitude quake triggered a massive wave that pushed several kilometres inland, causing death and destruction.

27 Mar 2015 description
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Japanese Summary

The Great East Japan Earthquake taught us many lessons.

We recommend the followings to prepare for future mega-disasters in Japan;

  1. To receive international assistance in an efficient manner in order to maximise the good-will of international community;

26 Mar 2015 description
report Peace Winds Japan

Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered a lot of damage, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is supporting the revival of local community. “Hare Valley”, a community care center for the elderly and other residents to connect socially, is expected to be completed in the spring. Concurrently with the construction project, more than 100 times of club activities took place in 2014, such as calligraphy course, fancywork course, eco-block workshop, ground-golf course, gardening workshop, etc.

21 Mar 2015 description

Humanitarian crises are not often associated with developed countries. However, nature does not discriminate between developed and developing countries. The Eastern Japan earthquake, which struck Fukushima on 11 March 2011, is proof that even in a disaster-prepared country such as Japan, nature can still cause massive destruction and threaten people’s lives and dignity.

18 Mar 2015 description

By Noriko Kudo, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs | March 17, 2015

CAMP ZAMA, Japan (March 17, 2015) --The 4th annual earthquake functional exercise was conducted March 12 by U.S. Army Garrison Japan's Directorate of Emergency Services. The exercise was held in the Emergency Operations Center on the Camp Zama installation.