Earthquake

Dr. Yoshiyuki Kaneda serves as manager of R&D projects for the HPCI strategic program field 3 -Advanced Prediction Research for Natural Disaster Prevention and Reduction-conducting research for improvement of prediction accuracy of earthquakes and tsunamis. This research has three main themes: earthquake, tsunami, and evaluation of damage to cities caused by earthquakes and tsunamis. This research is conducted by using the K computer.

Belle Maison, Japanese online store, is now selling several goods to protect your pet if disaster strikes, especially for your cat or small dog. Here are some of the products:

SOS Pet Bag (14,040 yen) is a bag to help you to evacuate smoothly with your pet. By setting the accompanying steel pipe at the top, it can also be a temporary house for your pet.

Japanese Technology from the Future SATURDAY Because of Friday Night Corporate Hobnobbing!

This week it’s Japan moving to subsidize the purchase of fuel cell-powered automobiles made by Toyota but hopefully some other players, too, Japan is sharing its earthquake proofing/resistance tech with Bangladesh, and the world's biggest messaging service that no one outside of Asia knows about is investing in America!

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Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com

Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:

M6.2 Quake this Morning: A One-Off, or Prequel to the Next Big One?

M6.2 Off the Izu Coast
At 5:18 this morning, we were woken up by a fairly sizeable shake. With a magnitude of 6.2 at the epicentre and clocking in at around Shindo 4 in my area, it's the biggest one I've felt since the aftershocks of 3/11. It was a fairly long one, and until it peaked and flattened out, it felt like it might have grown into the next big one. It didn't, thankfully.

Story 311 is a manga project created in order to hand the history of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to the next generation by telling the story through manga. It was launched by manga artist Satoru Hiura, who is well-known as the author of Hotaru no Hikari.

For the project, manga artists actually took trips to the damaged area, interviewed local people, and gathered information there by themselves, and then they drew stories based on what they researched. 13 other manga artists agreed with Satoru's idea and participated in the project.

The Great East Japan Earthquake happened at 2:46 P.M. on this day 3 years ago.   

 

POKEMON with YOU is the name of a support activity using Pokemon characters in areas affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake. This includes Japan Railway (JR) trains featuring POKEMON with YOU.

The KiHa 100 series trains, operated by JR East, are decorated with Pokemon characters, not just on the outside, but also in the interior on the seats, carpeting, play room, etc.

 

Last night we were fortunate enough to attend the Great East Japan Earthquake memorial concert - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem - at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

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