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It has been three and a half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster occurred in 2011. In the Tamaura-Nishi district of Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, where residential land was developed for a collective relocation project for victims in the disaster-hit areas, new housing units are being constructed one after another for the first time.
The company operates through six business divisions including corporate sales division, residential division, carlife division, food division, construction materials division and pharmacy division. It conducts distribution of petroleum and liquefied petroleum gas through its 254 service station, out of which 73 service stations are operated directly and 181 service stations are operated through dealers.
Science is a driving force behind international disaster risk reduction and is prominent in a preliminary blueprint for a future framework, says a member of the team leading the process. The ten-year global plan that sets out how various sectors can work to reduce losses from disasters, known as the Hyogo Framework for Action , ends in 2015.
Last month, I was invited as a private-sector representative to participate in a United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction preparatory conference in Geneva. The meeting was focused on preparation to improve the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - an international meeting to be held in Sendai, Japan, from 14-18 March 2015.
Students from Tohoku University in Sendai on Saturday showcased artifacts and other products from the disaster-hit Tohoku region at the Japan Block Fair in New York's West Village to help companies in the recovering region drum up more business overseas. A group of 15 students showed off eight products, including three from Miyagi - a small traditional "tansu" from Sendai, hand cream and lip balm made with "tsubaki" oil from Kesennuma, and tomato juice from Marusen Farm in Kashimadai.
The mood was downright festive. People participated in a black-and-white costume contest.
Singapore will be the first country, since 2011, to receive some 300 kilogrammes of rice harvested at Sukagawa City.
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Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:26 am
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