Tsunami Warning System

Tsunami two years on: Japan finally gets warning system that would have saved hundreds of lives Two years after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands, the country has unveiled an improved warning system that could have saved hundreds of lives. Operators at the Japan Meteorological agency checking the data of the seismic activity…

Respect for the Aged

Schools in Japan are beginning to introduce classes to help children deepen their understanding of elderly nursing care-related issues, such as Arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Such classes take place at primary-, middle- and high schools across the nation. Children gather in the gym to get hands-on lessons to understand the physical and mental disabilities that afflict…

1000 year old Delicacy

Did you know there is a Kamaboko Day?! November 15 isn’t a national holiday here in Japan, but it’s an auspicious day nonetheless for the specialty, Kamaboko that finds itself on the table of just about every Japanese home. Kamaboko is made from steamed white fish mashed into a paste, seasoned and shaped to form…

Helping the Blind to "See"

Guidance systems for the visually impaired to traverse crowded city streets with ease and safety have been at work for many years in Japan. On the left side of the sidewalks are raised striped and dotted tiles, easily ‘read’ through the feet of those visually impaired as they walk on them. Other conventional facilities such…