This special section is designed to provide readers with the Internet's most comprehensive, archival coverage of Japan's tragic earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Life and Death Read More

Students from tsunami-hit, nuke disaster-affected towns to hold photo exhibit in Paris
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Grieving mother learns of son's giving nature in aftermath of 3/11
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Poems of Fukushima native pluck heartstrings overseas
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Fukushima farm ships 1st produce cultivated in evacuation zone
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Mother cherishes flowers from seeds left by young son killed in 2011 tsunami
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Fukushima evacuee collects memories of those who can never return
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Tohoku women express inner feelings at 3/11 photo exhibition
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Man sues over failures in 3/11 tsunami warnings
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Silent prayers offered throughout Japan at 2:46 p.m. on 3/11
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Daughter of TEPCO worker struggles with family discord
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Stress-related deaths reach 2,973 in Tohoku
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Fisherman who lost family on 3/11 sails with them in spirit
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Film shows lifestyles of traditional Miyagi village before 3/11 disaster
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Strong U.S.-Japan bond formed in aftermath of 3/11
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Radio station in tsunami-hit city breaks world record
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Famed Sanriku Railway soon back to pre-disaster operations
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Dairy farmer records changes to his Fukushima village
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Minami-Soma OKs rice planting for 1st time in 4 years
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Quake and Tsunami Read More

Tsunami-destroyed neighborhoods returning in 3-D worlds
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'Uitemate' technique that saved lives in 2011 tsunami spreading across globe
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Otsuchi residents marking 3-year tsunami disaster hit with offertory theft
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Fishing vessel swept away by tsunami reunited with owner
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Miyagi town marker, washed up in Canada after 2011 tsunami, comes home
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Manga artist warns of dangers of quake-driven soil liquefaction
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IHI unveils tsunami-proof 'Noah's Ark' for those unable to flee
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Miyagi town starts demolition of proposed 3/11 memorial
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Survey shows 30% of children in disaster areas suffer from PTSD
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Ishinomaki holds final exhibition of items swept away by tsunami
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Handicrafts made from kimono that survived tsunami will be sold in France
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Kin of American teacher donate locally crafted bookshelves to Ishinomaki schools
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Miyagi library to make 3/11 disaster records available on Internet
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Coastal community that heeded tsunami lessons of the past still around to pass on story
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Hundreds of hectares of coastal dunes and forests lost due to tsunami
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Student-designed app for emergencies wins industry ministry’s top honor
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Survivors debate whether to preserve symbols of 3/11 disaster
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Recovery Read More

Photographer, designer help publish poems by Otsuchi woman penned after tsunami
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Tsunami-stricken town harvests rice for first time in 4 years
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Kids harvest 'miracle' rice grown from stalks that survived 3/11 tsunami
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Gigantic belt brings mud to raise ground of tsunami-hit city
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Young people launch website featuring gift items from 3/11 disaster-hit region
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89,000 still living in temporary housing in Tohoku disaster area
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Salmon still affected by 3/11 disaster, dealing blow to Tohoku economy
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Origami project takes off, thanks in part to a former first lady
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JR East enters tomato-growing business to help rebuild Fukushima
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Fukushima student gets her wish by planting sakura tree of hope in Paris
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U.S. aid volunteer becomes tsunami disaster-zone ambassador to the world
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SURVEY: More than 500 agricultural dams at risk in major earthquake
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Moved by 'incredible love story,' French composer writes song for tsunami victim
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Singapore a springboard to expand 1st rice exports from Fukushima since disaster
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Second group of Fukushima residents given OK to return home in evacuation zone
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Residents light fires for the dead in Bon festival in tsunami-flattened community
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Tapestries created from disaster-damaged kimono near 1,000 mark
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INTERVIEW: Anthropologist says Tohoku region must gain independence from Tokyo
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

SURVEY: Iwaki residents harbor mixed emotions toward Fukushima...
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, accommodates evacuees from Naraha, a town that hosts the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--The majority of residents in this city, which has taken in a large outpouring of the evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, feel sympathy...
Tochigi town passes water-protection ordinance to block nuclear...
The Otaki falls on the Nishi-Arakawa river in Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture. The river runs near an area being considered as a final disposal site for radioactive waste. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A town in Tochigi Prefecture has found a novel way to block the construction of a final disposal site for radioactive waste from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis by passing an ...

Analysis and OpinionRead More

COMMENTARY: Abnormal changes in small birds and the role of science
Normal tail feathers of a common reed bunting, left, and abnormal ones with an uneven length and a moth-eaten appearance (Provided by the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology)
FUKUSHIMA--The chirping of birds filled the air on the riverbed where the Abukumagawa river runs through the city of Fukushima just after 4 a.m. on May 24.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Experts debate on whether Japan needs nuclear...
Kazuhiro Ueta, right, and Tsutomu Toichi (Photos by Takashi Ebuchi)
Once largely taken for granted, Japan’s electricity supply has remained a hotly disputed issue on a number of fronts since the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in March...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Silent prayers offered throughout Japan at 2:46 p.m. on 3/11
March 11, 2014
THREE YEARS AFTER: Silent prayers offered throughout Japan at 2:46 p.m. on 3/11
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, accommodates evacuees from Naraha, a town that hosts the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yutaka Matsubara, right, and Junji Hashimoto speak during an interview in Tsu, Mie Prefecture. (Sotaro Hata)
Farmers harvest rice in the Otomo district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, for the first time in four years on Sept. 20. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The Otaki falls on the Nishi-Arakawa river in Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture. The river runs near an area being considered as a final disposal site for radioactive waste. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Daniel Olsson smiles in relief after reaching Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido, on July 8 in a cycling tour to raise funds for the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster. (Ryosuke Ishibashi)
Fishermen attend a meeting held by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the central government on Sept. 18 in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to explain their latest water-discharge plan. (Hiroki Ito)
Workers clad in protective suits check the ALPS equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fifth-graders from a local elementary school harvest "miracle rice" in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 14. (Mayumi Ueda)
The three-kilometer-long conveyor set up in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture (Shinichi Iizuka)
A page from the testimony of former Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant manager Masao Yoshida (Rei Kishitsu)
Writer Keiko Ochiai, second from right, and other supporters hold a news conference in front of anti-nuclear protest tents in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district on Sept. 11. (Katsuhei Kawamura)
Yuichi Tomohiro, who founded the TOHOK online gift shop featuring traditional small brooms and other items from the region impacted by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, right, and a staffer of the outlet (Nami Hamada)
In the Asuto-Nagamachi temporary housing complex in Sendai, 332 evacuees live in 183 housing units. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Protesters hold up banners opposing approval of safety checks for the Sendai nuclear plant on Sept. 10 in front of the offices of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. (Hikaru Uchida)
Salmon being harvested in Hokkaido (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Noriko Sato, right, folds an origami crane in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 31. (Masakazu Higashino)
The No. 1 and 2 reactors (left) at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Agricultural co-op Tomato Land Iwaki grows vegetables in a plant in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
A 3-D virtual panoramic view of Iwanuma's Ninokura and Hasegama areas (Provided by Akinobu Murakami)
The Asahi Shimbun
Rina Matsumoto, a high school student from Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, plants a cherry blossom tree at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development headquarters in Paris on Sept. 2. (Hideki Aota)
Radioactive waste from decontamination work is temporarily stored in a residential area in Koori, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers remove nuclear fuel rods from the storage pool at the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Pool)
The candidate site for an intermediate storage facility for radioactive soil and debris spans the towns of Okuma, foreground, and Futaba, background, in Fukushima Prefecture. Seen in the central background is the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Angela Ortiz (Photo by Hideyuki Miura)
A resident of Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, stands near the site of his former residence, which was washed away in the failure of the Fujinuma dam in the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. His new house is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yasuo Takamatsu e-mailed this five-year-old photo of himself and his wife, Yuko, to French composer Sylvain Guinet. (Provided by Yasuo Takamatsu)
The multi-nuclide removal equipment ALPS (advanced liquid processing system) at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant undergoes an inspection due to system troubles last November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Kumagawa district of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, is part of a planned construction site for intermediate storage facilities for radioactive waste. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Elementary school students in Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mikio Watanabe poses with a portrait of his late wife, Hamako, in front of the family altar at their home in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Rinoa Nakai, left, and Yuta Miura hold a presentation on their experiences at the time of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on Aug. 12 in Tokyo. (Natsuki Edogawa)
An anti-nuclear demonstrator's placard demands "Disclose the Yoshida testimony" at a protest in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Asahi Shimbun
THREE YEARS AFTER: Daughter of TEPCO worker struggles with family discord
March 08, 2014
THREE YEARS AFTER: Daughter of TEPCO worker struggles with family discord
A girl who evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture receives an ultrasound examination of her thyroid in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Masao Yoshida, manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at the time of the March 2011 disaster (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, and the mayors of Okuma and Futaba attend a meeting over the planned construction of a facility to store radioactive waste in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 8. (Takuro Negishi)
Masao Yoshida, manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at the time of the March 2011 nuclear disaster (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A participant in an anti-nuclear demonstration in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo in May holds a placard that says, "Yoshida testimony should be disclosed." (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers prepare to pour ice into a trench filled with contaminated water in an attempt to create a sealant at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in July. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
A farmer harvests rice in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Asahi Shimbun
The nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Children roast manju buns over a fire during the Bon festival for the dead at the site where their grandparents formerly operated an inn in the Yuriage district in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on Aug. 16. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Hiroshige Kagawa's watercolor of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on display at Sendai Mediatheque (Mayu Horie)
Takeko Suzuki prays in front of the photo of her son Kentaro in Fukushima on Aug. 11. She does so twice every day--in the morning and before going to bed at night. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Fukushima native Taro Aizu displays pages of a book that contain overseas artists’ works featuring his poetry. (Kanako Miyajima)
Members of the prefectural and local governments in Fukushima Prefecture and central government representatives discuss support measures for local people on Aug. 8 in Koriyama to win support for the construction of intermediate storage facilities for nuclear waste. (Keisuke Sato)
The upper part of the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was blown off in an explosion in March 2011. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The Asahi Shimbun
Hiroshi Sato harvests strawberries grown in a greenhouse at his farm in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture. (Yukiko Seino)
Eriko Shiomi, a music producer in Tokyo's Tachikawa, holds a tapestry created from kimono damaged in the 2011 Tohoku disaster. (Aya Shioiri)
Norio Akasaka, a Gakushuin University professor and director of Fukushima Museum, describes the Tohoku region during a interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Hiroki Nishida)
The Asahi Shimbun
Tsunehisa Katsumata, then chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., explains countermeasures against the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on April 17, 2011. At left is Sakae Muto, then TEPCO vice president. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tomoko Sato looks at morning glories that were grown from seeds that belonged to her deceased son, Kenta. Her son was killed in the tsunami that was triggered by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Satomi Ono)
Jimmy Choo with a shoe made with materials including Aizu lacquerware (Natsuki Edogawa)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Riders in samurai gear compete in a traditional event at the Soma Nomaoi festival in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 27. (Kengo Hiyoshi)