I love to travel, and no matter where I go-beach or bustling metropolis- I enjoy learning from the areas I visit and identifying customs that may be a...
On Thursday night, I was driving home from my weekly taiko group, and on the phone with my mom when the first earthquake alarm went off. I wasn't sure why my phone was flipping out, and although I recognized the characters that it displayed I didn't understand the meaning initially.
Signs covering Fukushima Station are a distraction from the fact that 100,000 people are still displaced in the Prefecture. Burn clothes: Wear 'em, ...
In war, choose love. In despair, choose love. When the good and bad becomes relative concepts and appear to be grey, choose love. When you don't know whom to blame about the magnitude of atrocities around you, choose love. Because every life matters, whether it is reported in the media or not.
Hear the world, O God. Uncover your ears and know your people's anguish. Do not hide yourself from the cries for relief, from the noises of war.
Mr. Matsumura began feeding the starving animals and eventually decided he should stay and care for the animals that survived, even though it was a direct disregard of government orders. By staying, he was being exposed to up to 17 times the level of radiation that is considered safe.
No Japanese city was more brutally ripped apart by the deadly 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami than Higashimatsushima. More than 1,000 residents died, and 11,000 structures were destroyed. How do you bounce back from that?
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 7,000 people, and left the country ravaged in need of acute social and structural reconstruction.
On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...
The number of children affected every year by disasters is projected to reach 175 million over the next ten years -- a figure that will have nearly tripled since the early 1990s. Children represent more than half of all people affected by disasters, and not surprisingly, the children at greatest risk are typically the poorest and hardest to reach.
Nature is desperately trying to survive and return to its original state. The animals disappeared when they lost their ecosystem, but now, after three years of struggling to rebuild it, they are starting to recover their way of life.
Three years ago, I was living in Tokyo during the March 11, 2011 earthquake. I was plunged into deep fear, and over the next two days I slowly crawled my way out of my panic. Today I'm remembering what I learned in the dark days after that tragic event, and remembering and honoring all those who lost family and friends.
Yoichi Masuzoe, victor in February's Tokyo gubernatorial election, is expected to help bring nuclear power back to Japan. Despite two anti-nuke contenders in the race, the controversial Masuzoe won the election by a landslide.
William J. Riegler's new book Living My Ecstatic Life: A Quest Becomes an Awakening chronicles his experiences demonstrating what is often heard after...
Infectious diseases often create a second wave of disaster. Lack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon.
In addition to demanding responsible, accurate reporting during the disaster, we must also push journalists to report about the way forward and not, wittingly or not, use the same headlines and narratives for each disaster.