5 years on from the tsunami
On March 11th 2016, it was exactly five years since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan's northern coast. To mark this anniversary, this March at Inside Japan Tours is all about Tohoku: looking back on its troubles, celebrating its charms, and taking stock of how far the region has come in the past five years.
To read all about this beautiful region, including first-hand accounts of the disaster and recovery, visit our dedicated tsunami page:
The Japan Tsunami 5 Years On
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Abe to become first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor
The Japanese prime minister announced he would make the historic visit on December 26th and 27th to pay tribute to the victims of World War Two.
Could Japan become the next gambling powerhouse?
Japan is set to become the next global gambling powerhouse if legislation to legalise casinos goes through the upper house unimpeded.
Japanese scientists become first in Asia to name element
The chemical element was previously called ununtrium, but was renamed when Japanese scientists became the first to synthesise it.
Japanese Murakami fans poised for February release of new novel
The latest novel by Haruki Murakami is set to be released in Japan in February, although the rest of the world may need to wait a little longer.
Japan to build world's fastest supercomputer by end of 2017
Japan aims to create a supercomputer that outdoes the on built by China and have it finished by the end of next year.
Reindeer to deliver pizza in Japan this festive season
Domino?s Japan is hoping to combat snowy winter conditions by delivering pizzas by reindeer-pulled sleighs.
November snowfall in Tokyo for the first time in 54 years
Snow has fallen in Tokyo some 40 days earlier than the average for the Japanese city, bringing some infrastructure to a standstill and affecting a surge in energy use.
Tokyo's Hokusai Museum opens, featuring stunning woodblock prints
The new museum is located in the area of Tokyo where the artist lived two centuries ago.
Fukushima avoids tsunami after 7.4-magnitude quake
Smaller than expected waves hit the coastline of Fukushima Prefecture in the wake of the tremor.
Japan airports to provide duty free shops on arrival
Picking up some duty free will soon be possible at arrivals in a number of Japanese international airports.
Shinzo Abe will be first foreign leader to meet Trump
The Japanese prime minister has secured an early meeting with the president-elect to ensure its priorities are not forgotten.
Japan's elderly population turning to Uber
An ageing population, rural communities and regulations in big cities mean Uber is taking a different approach in Japan.
New scooter license plates in Tokyo celebrate great art
Scooter license plates can be much more creative in Japan and one area has taken inspiration from the country?s great artist.
Japan ratifies Paris climate change agreement
Japan has ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.