The only sounds were of distant earth movers, the whistling of the wind and the call of the crows, for the moment at least the only true residents of Onagawa.
While the bluefin tuna is widely acknowledged to be a threatened fish, the price paid Thursday for one 593-pound catch is more a show of nationalism and marketing saavy than a sign of how endangered the tuna has become.
The tsunami debris is real, it is out there, and we are tracking it. By every measure, it represents an environmental disaster coming toward us. So does it really matter what people call it? I think it does.
Today we put on our final youth clinic of this incredible trip and it was one of my favorite days because it took place in Kiyoto, the hometown of my friend, Sachio Kinugasa, the Japanese "Iron Man".
For me, the saddest stories are about needless human suffering, suffering caused by greed, hate, or more maddeningly, the inability of responsible people to act responsively. Minamata and Fukushima are both that kind of story.
After passing through the devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan we didn't know what to expect when we reached the local school and the young kids who lost so much.
It's organizations like Tofu Project that are adding to the flavorful entrepreneurial spirit in the Bay Area. San Francisco hasn't always been about Rice-a-Roni or cable cars, Apple or The Gap. Now, Tofu has come to town and will make its impression on the Golden Gate backdrop.
This is the miraculous story of "Maruko," a dog who survived under the rubble of her house for 11 days with no food or water after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. But that was just the beginning of a long, hard 6-month journey for this dog.
I asked Japan's Consul General, who was marking his last full day as a member of the diplomatic corps in LA, to tell us what lessons we can learn from Japan's catastrophe.
The past 18 months have illustrated our fragility to large-scale natural disasters at both extremes of the economic spectrum.
Japan may be far away from New York and in a very different part of the planet, but let's remember what happened there earlier this year.
Over 70 percent of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2010. The earthquake and its long-lasting aftershocks to global supply chains have prompted a complete rethink in supply chain management.
Change is coming in Japan and I have touched on this point in recent discussions. In addition to formal and respected groups like the AESJ, change will also come from the grassroots level and my guess is it will be the mothers of Japan who will lead the charge.
A Michigan law firm, 1800LAWFIRM, is contesting all of that. In a lawsuit filed on Friday in Detroit, the firm claims that the pop star is scamming her fans and the victims because she's not actually donating all of the money.
The March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear accident have led some to question the health of Japan's "brand."
Time declared 2010 the Year of the Natural Disaster, and with the mass destruction resulting from the 5.5-magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Hait...