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Manga Messages of Hope & Strength

In the wake of the earthquakes in Kumamoto, manga artists took up their pens to sketch heartwarming messages to the people of the prefecture.

Kumamoto Earthquake Updates & Donation Info

The JNTO is providing regular updates on the situation in Kyushu following the large April 14 and April 16 earthquakes and ongoing aftershocks in the region. Check for the latest information and recommended apps; we now have donation information as well.

Tasting the Future of Tohoku

As the cities along the Tohoku Pacific Coast are debating the best ways to move forward with rebuilding and prevention, one thing is for sure: reconstruction has seen the seafood industry rebound, allowing lots of unique local flavors to make a comeback.

New Magnitude 7.3 Quake Hits Kyushu

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the Kyushu region at 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. This follows the strong April 14 quake that killed nine and left over 1,000 injured. With tremors continuing, there are now 41 dead and 2,000 injured since Thursday.

Delivering Warm Wishes One Beef Bowl at a Time

Two of Japan's biggest beef bowl chain restaurants provide free comfort food in the wake of the Kumamoto earthquakes.

Kumamoto Castle Damaged but Standing

Despite two violent earthquakes and numerous strong aftershocks that damaged its walls, 400-year-old Kumamoto castle remains standing.

How About a Dome House?

While Japanese builders have had more than a millennium of practice in designing earthquake-resistant structures, the dome house presents a new option—using an unlikely building material.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2017

While September 11 is a tragic day in America, it’s not a fortunate day on this side of the Pacific either. September 11, 2017, marked six and a half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. So how does the area look now?

A Beacon of Light Shines at Arahama Elementary

When tragedy struck Japan on March 11, 2011, one elementary school in Sendai stood strong, becoming a symbol of hope for the entire nation.

Don't Be Surprised by Japan, Be Prepared!

Japan is full of many surprises and challenges that might catch you off guard during your first time here. But, we're here to give you a quick overview of how to prepare for your new life here.

Getting Back on Track With Disaster Prevention

Following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Tohoku region sustained a substantial amount of damage from the tsunami. However, in a tremendous effort to educate the locals and visitors on prevention, Sanriku Railway is running a recovery train.

Magnitude 7 Quake in Kumamoto

The Japan Meteorological Agency has reported that an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 on the shaking intensity scale struck Kyushu at 9:26 p.m. on April 14. We recommend using social media and disaster message boards to check on loved ones in the area.

A Walk Through Sendai to Remember

Following the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the residents of Sendai are standing on their feet once again and ready to share the lessons they've learned about disaster prevention and preparation.

Rikuzentakata: Where Dreams Go Global

Let's look at how the city of Rikuzentakata is being rebuilt in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 as the city works toward the dream of becoming a truly global community.

Making Broken Pottery Look Like New

This volunteer craftsman is traveling to Kumamoto to help repair earthquake-damaged family heirlooms free of charge.

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