It’s a windy Sunday morning on Japan’s remote Oshima Island, in Miyagi Prefecture, as Mitsue Murakami stops her car at an empty, modest-sized patch of ground. This was the site of the seaside inn that her family had operated for almost four decades. But in March 2011, the two-story building was swallowed by a towering… Read More
Yuriko is a Tokyo-based freelance reporter and correspondent for trade publication Bloomberg BNA. She writes for the Economist and International Herald Tribune. Her print stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune and Newsweek Japan. Her radio stories have been broadcasted on Public Radio International, the Voice of America and KQED-FM San Francisco. She grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco and holds a masters degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She loves modern art and practicing yoga.
A year after pondering retirement, Osamu Sasaki spent a recent cold, windy late-autumn morning sitting ramrod straight in a 16-ton crane truck, gingerly lifting exterior wall parts from truck beds. The 62-year-old skillfully placed them onto the second floor of a new apartment building, nudging forward the reconstruction effort, piece by piece, for tsunami victims… Read More
“Yuck, the salmon is so slimy!” says seven-year-old Haruki Oyama excitedly, as he touches a freshly killed catch. Haruki and 15 other elementary school children from the area were gathered by a river in northeastern Japan on a recent fall morning to learn the tricky business of salmon farming. Local volunteer fishermen showed the secrets… Read More
Like so many others, Martina Umemura wanted to help the victims of Japan’s tsunami in whatever way she could.