Nearly 3,000 still missing in Japan 18 months after major quake
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Sep 12
Japan on Tuesday marked the one and a half year anniversary of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters that devastated northeastern Pacific coastal regions, with the official death toll standing at 15,870 and 2,846 people still remaining unaccounted for as of last Wednesday.
About 343,000 people are still forced to live in about 136,000 temporary homes including provisional housing set up for them and private properties rented by the government.
On Tuesday, police and Japan Coast Guard officers in disaster-hit areas -- Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures -- are carrying out an extensive search for those listed missing -- presumably dead -- mobilizing about 800 personnel primarily in coastal areas.
By prefecture, the number of missing stood at 1,205 in Iwate, 1,426 in Miyagi and 211 in Fukushima, according to the NPA data.
Some municipal organizations plan to hold a commemorative ceremony on the coast, calling on residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. to mark the exact hour when the magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the coast in the Pacific.
The Japanese word "choju," meaning longevity, implies, with its kanji, joyous celebration of long life. Intrinsically, it is a joyful thing for people to live long. But if a society has many people who age in solitude, isolated from their families and local communities, it cannot be called choju. It should rather be called "roka shakai," or a society that weakens as it ages. (Yomiuri )
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has ended his official visit to Spain after a trip to a Christian pilgrimage site in the northwest. His visit marked the 400th anniversary of relations between the 2 countries. (NHK )
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday busted a transvestite in bar in Minami Ward for operating illegally. At 11:15 p.m., officers took Anna Ueda, 34, the manager of club Chu-, into custody for violating the Law Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses after discovering two employees serving one customer alcohol and food. The club did not have a license to provide such services. (Tokyo Reporter)