Japan

Tsunami Debris
7:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

More Japanese Tsunami Debris Will Wash Up This Winter On Northwest Shores, Scientists Predict

Shipping tote dislodged during the Japanese tsunami washed ashore near Seal Rock, Ore. in late November. It was covered with about 200 blue mussels.
Credit Oregon State University

Winter storms off the Oregon and Washington coastlines are expected to bring a new wave of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Scientists say objects are already washing ashore – with potentially invasive organisms riding along.

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WWII Japanese Camp Presevation
6:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

To Preserve WWII Japanese Internment Sites, Federal Government Awards Grants

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho. She has worked on numerous internment camp excavations, including at Granada Relocation Center and Manzanar Relocation Camp.
Stacey Camp

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history. One Northwest archeologist is working to keep a remote Idaho site on the map. 


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Castaways
11:30 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Japanese Retrace Path Of History-Making Castaways 180 Years Later

Japanese Boy Scouts donated this replica of the ill-fated junk to the Makah Museum.
Credit Friends of MacDonald

After 180 years, it's not too late to say thank you. That's what a Japanese delegation did on a visit last week to the Makah Indian Reservation on the Washington coast.

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Shinto
8:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

What's So Special About This Shinto Shrine? The Priest Isn't Japanese, But That's Not All

The Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is the only Shinto shrine on the U.S. mainland. There are seven shrines on the Hawaiian Islands. Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is located in Granite Falls, Washington.
Sueann Ramella NWPR

Off Crooked Mile Road in Granite Falls, Washington stands a giant wooden Torii. This Japanese arch marks the entrance to the only Shinto shrine on mainland U.S. soil: the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. It’s serene here cedar trees rising up along the banks of the Pilchuck River.

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Book Reviews
4:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Myths, Legends And Too Much Exposition In 'Goddess Chronicle'

At its best, Natsuo Kirino's The Goddess Chronicle is a dark and lovely feminist retelling of the Japanese creation myth. At worst, it's a stiff, repetitive exercise in telling, not showing.

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Tsunami Debris
6:48 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Wash. and Ore. Get More Tsunami Debris Cleanup Money

Here on the western coast of the U.S., we have a special connection to Japan. The ocean between us keeps bringing remnants from the massive tsunami there. It left more than 16,000 people dead. The debris is expensive to remove and can carry invasive species with it.

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Japanese War Flag
4:22 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Collector To Return Japanese War Flag Nearly 70 Years After Capture

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:14 pm


A collector of World War II memorabilia has succeeded in a daunting quest thanks to help from the Japanese government. The veteran from Clarkston, Washington has found the right person to receive a Japanese war flag taken in battle nearly 70 years ago.


Years ago, memorabilia collector George Koller bought an inscribed "good luck flag." It originally belonged to a Japanese fighter pilot killed in combat. Last year, Koller asked the Japanese consulate in Seattle for help to give the flag back.

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Anti-Whaling Suit
6:29 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Sea Shepherd Files Suit in Oregon To Freeze Assets Of Japanese Whaling Group

An anti-whaling group has filed a lawsuit in Oregon court in an effort to freeze the assets of a Japanese whaling fleet. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton says it’s the latest twist in a legal battle that began with a confrontation at sea.

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Tsunami Debris
6:11 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Tsunami Debris Dock Decontaminated; Removal Poses Next Challenge

On a return visit this week, the tsunami debris crew found the dock has lodged higher on shore.
Credit Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

State and federal biologists say they are confident they have minimized the invasive species threat posed by a derelict dock that washed ashore last month in Olympic National Park. The concrete and steel dock appears to have drifted across the Pacific Ocean after last year's tsunami in Japan. But correspondent Tom Banse reports the story is not over yet.

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Tsunami Debris
6:23 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Lull Or Tail End Of Japanese Tsunami Debris?

Chuck Matthews (left) and Curt Hart of WA Dept. of Ecology consult about flotsam that -- like most found on Long Beach – is impossible to trace to a specific origin.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse

It’s been more than four months since the last confirmed piece of Japanese tsunami debris washed ashore on the Pacific Northwest coast. Even sightings of suspected disaster debris have tapered way off in recent months. Does that mean we’re just in a lull or past the worst of it? Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the coast.

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