[Japan after Quake] Headline Round-up : May 21-27



This is a weekly headline round-up of the posts titled [Japan after Quake] on our Facebook page.


[May 21] Tohoku tourism halfway to full recovery


Tourism businesses in the disaster-hit areas face the need to urgently complete preparations for hosting tourists since the inflow of people will aid reconstruction.


[May 22] Stress shrank brain area of Japan tsunami survivors


Emotional stress caused by last year’s tsunami caused a part of some survivors’ brains to shrink, according to scientists in Japan who grasped a unique chance to study the neurological effects of trauma.


[May 23] Quake main challenge for tower


Shigeaki Tabuchi, 58, director of Obayashi Corp.’s construction site, was working at a 350-meter-high observation deck when the quake struck and shook the tower for several minutes…


[May 25] Cherry tree that gave hope to tsunami-hit town felled


A cherry tree that gave hope to a community here recovering from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami has been felled to be converted into a bench and various ornaments.


[May 26]  Deep-sea drilling vessel collects rock samples near 2011 quake epicenter


It was the first time rock samples have been collected from below the seabed at a boundary of two plates in Japan Trench far off the country’s northeastern region.


[May 27] Does Japanese tsunami debris threaten ocean life?


The Japanese environment ministry believes roughly 5 million tonnes of tsunami debris washed out of Japan following the March 11, 2011, tsunami brought on by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake… While 70 per cent of the debris sank to the ocean’s floor, an estimated 1.5 million tonnes washed out into the open ocean.