Japanese Ports Reopen After Tsunami

All Japanese ports affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern part of the country on March 11 have now reopened, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

JOC newswire reports that all 15 ports along devastated Pacific coast are now usable for all purposes.

The Port of Oarai in Ibaraki Prefecture reopened on Thursday, becoming the last of the 15 major ports along the Pacific coast of the Tohoku and Kanto regions to become usable again.

The Ports of Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture reopened Tuesday and Wednesday.

All 11 local airports in the northeastern part of the country had already reopened by the end of last week. Sendai Airport, which suffered serious damage as it bore the brunt of the killer tsunami, is available only to aircraft carrying relief supplies.

It is expected to take several months for the airport to resume regular passenger flight services.