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

'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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Work to remove reminder of 2011 tsunami more than halfway done
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Recovery Read More

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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PHOTO: Soma Nomaoi festival regains pre-disaster splendor
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Fukushima ballet students get a lift from top dancers from Paris
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Visually impaired struggle with life in post-tsunami towns
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Emperor, empress visit temporary shopping street in Miyagi
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Fukushima rice finds a home in Kumamoto shochu
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Cheers of joy resound at Miyagi beach for first time in 4 years
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Celebrities offer services, expertise to help launch new Fukushima school
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Ex-Takarazuka heroine finds healing stage in disaster-stricken Tohoku
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Google to provide views of quake-recovering areas recorded from sea
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Decontamination worker moved by what he saw writes poetry in Fukushima
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'Reconstruction rice' from stalks that survived 2011 tsunami planted in Osaka
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'Tokyo Girls Collection in Fukushima' brings big smiles to battered Tohoku
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Urbanites head to stricken region to be liaison between officials, residents
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Kamaishi continues selling 3rd anniversary postcards of 3/11 disaster
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

Fukushima towns OK plan to construct storage facilities for nuke...
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)
Two Fukushima Prefecture municipalities have decided to accept the central government's rich package of subsidies to allow the construction of intermediate facilities to store...
Court orders TEPCO to compensate family of Fukushima woman who...
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)
FUKUSHIMA--The Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 49 million yen ($471,600) in compensation to the family of a woman who committed suicide by...

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
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)
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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)
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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.)
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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)
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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)
Students receive instructions at the Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School from top dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet on July 26. (Toshihide Ueda)
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, left center, bows deeply in apology to Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe, second from right, in a meeting in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 23. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This quake-proof building at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture houses an emergency headquarters. It was completed in December 2011, but failed to meet new safety standards. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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
Radioactive substances were released during debris clearance work at the No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ryo Nakamura and his sister Mimiko Nakamura, both visually impaired, were able to evacuate from their home in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, with the aid of a sighted guide on the morning of July 12. (Masataka Yamaura)
Workers construct an underground frozen soil wall south of the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 8. (Pool)
The emperor and empress tour shops in the Minami-Sanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village on July 23 in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Kyosuke Yoshimura displays a bottle of the "Kagayaki" shochu brewed in Kumamoto Prefecture from Fukushima-grown rice. (Mika Omura)
Fukushima prefectural government officials inspect the piping in the No. 5 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 7. (Provided by the Fukushima prefectural government)
Students rush to the beach on Katsurashima in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 19. (Satoshi Kimura)
The embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Trucks used in construction work enter the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 16 after the results of the safety screening were released. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
Protesters shout out their opposition to restarting reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant during a rally near the Diet Building in Tokyo's Nagatacho district on July 16. (Takuya Isayama)
Protesters on July 16 in Tokyo rally outside a building that houses the office of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, which is screening the safety of the Sendai nuclear plant. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
A crane removes debris from the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2012. (Pool)
To deter thieves, the government of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, installed an automatic number plate recognition camera with a sign that reads, “Security cameras in operation in the entire town.” (Naoyuki Takahashi)
Minami-Soma Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Radioactive substances were released during debris clearance work at the No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Evacuees who left a shelter in Minami-Soma wait in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, for a bus that will take them to Niigata Prefecture on March 17, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
From left: architect Tadao Ando, astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and retired hurdler Dai Tamesue (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Workers install underground pipes to create frozen soil walls on the south side of the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 8. (Pool)
The off-site emergency center in Okuma of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was rendered unusable after the nuclear disaster in March 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Satoru Tanaka, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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Hidenori Konno, second from right, shows his collection of testimonies on April 9 in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture. They were provided by some of those who were forced to flee their homes due to the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The other four people are, from right, Yoshimi Saito, Kazuko Konno, Yoichi Konno and Taka Saito. (Mikio Kano)
Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba, left, speaks in April after the government’s dispute resolution center proposed a compromise settlement with Tokyo Electric Power Co. for additional compensation for victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)