Michie Niikawa struggles to define her role as school principal.
Two years since taking over at Ukedo Elementary School in the town of Namie, the 54-year-old has yet to welcome her first class of students, greet teachers, or visit classrooms.
Most days, she works in a cramped corner on the second floor of a prefabricated structure that houses city hall, 50 miles from the town.
"[The school] exists in name alone," Niikawa, a 34-year veteran teacher says. "I have struggled to find ways to best...Full Story