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

Anguish of tsunami-stricken family: Don't call off search operation yet
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Taxi drivers report 'ghost passengers' in area devastated in 2011 tsunami
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Bereaved husband hails tsunami-hit hospital's reopening
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Monument for tsunami victim gets permanent home
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Away from home but where the heart is--novelist moves to Fukushima
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Girl killed in tsunami lives on in picture book
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Nuclear power plant worker regrets not saving wife in tsunami
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Father gets diving license, joins undersea search for daughter
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Police race against time to ID 83 bodies ahead of Tohoku disaster anniversary
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‘Miracle pine’ that stood tall in tsunami offers hope for Fukushima residents
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Elderly woman's death linked to 2011 disaster, court rules
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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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Quake and Tsunami Read More

PHOTO: Tsunami-ravaged beach welcomes New Year's prayers with new torii gate
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Pet cats purr again upon return after long post-3/11 separation with family
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Parts of shrine gates swept away in 2011 tsunami reunited with homeland
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New photos show tsunami pummeling Otsuchi town hall, unprepared workers
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Computers to save the day in airport disaster scenario
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Gutted tsunami-hit structure to be preserved as memorial
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Residents of tsunami-hit island call for lower seawall to preserve ocean views
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For tsunami-hit town, preserving disaster symbol becoming a taboo subject
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Tsunami-ravaged city releases 10,000 images of disaster, reconstruction
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Students' vision realized with smart glasses that show pre-quake Tohoku
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Recovery Read More

PHOTO: Bittersweet goodbyes for seniors at school destroyed in 3/11 disaster
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From mayor to scrivener, the man who won't stop serving tsunami-hit town
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Seaside community washed away by tsunami to house memorial park
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Repentant ex-TEPCO exec helps Fukushima with new tomato farm
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Kobe 'antenna shop' enterprise will help disaster victims across Japan
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Collection of anime shorts to mark 5th anniversary of Fukushima disaster
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Fukushima town holds first Coming-of-Age Day ceremony since nuclear disaster
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Struggling Fukushima fishermen hold 1st New Year's ceremony in 5 years
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NUCLEAR CONNECTION: Nagasaki festival to feature float using wood from Fukushima
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A toast to Iwate winemaker who overcame 2011 tsunami to produce a palatable drink
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Seedling from lone pine that survived 2011 tsunami headed to Izumo Taisha
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PHOTO: Put me in coach--Nara's Great Buddha gets a baseball mitt
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From ‘sorrow and despair,’ tsunami-hit Miyagi town opens shopping street
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

NRA calls a halt to TEPCO's plan to freeze soil at Fukushima plant
The Asahi Shimbun
The nation's nuclear watchdog has put the kibosh on plans by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to start freezing underground soil at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant--a...
‘Voluntary’ Fukushima evacuees denounce end of free housing,...
Masaaki Matsumoto, head of the Fukushima prefectural government’s Evacuees Support Division, defends a new assistance plan at a briefing session in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward on Feb. 7. (Jun Sato)
The Fukushima prefectural government is maintaining its plan to terminate the free housing program for “voluntary” evacuees from the nuclear disaster despite a barrage of...

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 Asahi Shimbun
Memorial pictures and messages are projected on an exterior wall of the makeshift gymnasium of Kesennuma Koyo High School during a special event to see off departing senior students on Feb. 8. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
The Asahi Shimbun
Masaaki Matsumoto, head of the Fukushima prefectural government’s Evacuees Support Division, defends a new assistance plan at a briefing session in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward on Feb. 7. (Jun Sato)
Tetsuji Imanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Desks and chairs clutter a classroom at Kumamachi Elementary School in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 12. (Satoru Semba)
Yutaka Ikarigawa in front of his office as an administrative scrivener in the tsunami-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, where he previously served as mayor (Yusuke Hoshino)
Sota Sato in the beef cattle barn that used to be operated by Masao Kobayashi in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in December 2015 (Sayuri Ide)
The Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This life-size model of the lower part of a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant is nearing completion in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Hisashi Hattori)
From left, Ruiko Muto, Kazuyoshi Sato and Takashi Soeda hold a news conference in Fukushima on Jan. 19 to announce a planned group that will monitor the trial of three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Masakazu Honda)
Residents and activists on Jan. 24 protest the planned resumption of operations at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture. (Eijiro Morii)
A cenotaph in the Yuriage district in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, which honors the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, is seen on Jan. 18 from nearby Hiyoriyama mountain. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori introduces premium sake from his prefecture at the Japan Night promotion event held on the sidelines of the Davos forum in Switzerland on Jan. 21. (Ichiro Matsuo)
Students who joined a study tour from the Kansai region stroll through the neighborhood near JR Namie Station on Nov. 8, 2015. (Natsuki Edogawa)
Employees tend to tomato seedlings at a computerized farm that opened in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 20. (Masakazu Honda)
Yuka Kudo, 22, a senior at Tohoku Gakuin University, discusses her graduation thesis in Sendai on Dec. 28. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
Investigators enter the headquarters of Nippon Road Co. on Jan. 20. (Takuya Isayama)
Remote-control equipment developed by Toshiba Corp. to remove spent nuclear fuel from a storage pool in a demonstration held on Jan. 18 at the company's Keihin plant in Yokohama (Tatsuya Shimada)
The black spots show radioactive particles found on the ears of rice harvested in autumn 2013 in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries)
Cho Hong-ri, who proposed a plan to open the Maru-Go Marche "antenna shop" in Kobe to sell items from disaster-affected regions across Japan, poses in front of the outlet. (Daiki Ishizuka)
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, at the end of the table, meets with Naomi Hirose, far right, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., on Jan. 7. (Chikako Kawahara)
A still from an episode set in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi (Provided by Fukushima Gainax Co.)
Takemi Shirota, a staff member of the Nyander Guard, a private cat rescue group in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, holds a cat that was found last November in Okuma, which co-hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Makoto Takada)
Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture was devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake. This photo was taken on March 12, 2011, a day after the disaster. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Visitors to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant pass storage tanks holding contaminated water. (Provided by Appreciate Fukushima Workers)
Participants pose Jan. 10 during a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony held in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, for the first time following the 2011 disaster. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Yosuke Kajiya, at his outlet selling domestically produced guitars in Sendai’s Aoba Ward, tests a prototype guitar produced in a plant in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
A worker views a simulated 3-D virtual reality image of the interior of a reactor building at the embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at a research and training center in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuya Isayama)
Boats take off from Hisanohama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to pray for a safe and plentiful harvest in a New Year’s ceremony on Jan. 8. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Kyushu Electric Power President Michiaki Uriu, center, meets with Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto on Jan. 6 at the town government building. (Ikko Ishida)
Keizo Imura shows hinoki cypress boards shipped from the Fukushima village of Kawauchi in Nagasaki. (Shoko Rikimaru)
Akihiro Kumagai checks wine grapes ahead of the fermentation process at his vineyard in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Satsuki Fujita)
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
Yoshihiro Oyama takes care of “Kenage,” a seedling from the "miracle" pine tree, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on Oct. 14. (Hiromu Imabayashi)
Sea squirts grow on underwater ledges off the coast of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 29. (Takuya Isayama)
Debris fills the downtown area of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, a day after it was engulfed by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The digitally restored photo of Kumi Hoshi's son and her niece. Isao Matsumura, a volunteer in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, worked on the photo using image editing software. (Provided by Kumi Hoshi)
The Asahi Shimbun
Children from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, present their giant baseball glove to the Great Buddha statue on Dec. 26 in Nara. (Eijiro Morii)
Local residents and voluteer workers enact a torii religious gate on Nobiru beach in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 26. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 3, right, and the No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A protest is held in front of the Fukui District Court on Dec. 24 over its nullification of the injunction against restarting two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant. (Shinnosuke Ito)
Smiling members of the Tohoku Youth Orchestra with Ryuichi Sakamoto at a Fukushima high school on Dec. 23 (Satoru Semba)
A shopping street extending from JR Onagawa Station toward the Pacific Ocean opened on Dec. 23 in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Numerous light-emitting diodes are lit up at a park in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The No. 1 reactor of Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai nuclear power plant in Genkai, Saga Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture (Masaki Yamamoto)
Bags of radioactive soil that were generated from cleanup operations are seen at a temporary storage site in March 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers measure the concentration of radioactive cesium in rainwater at a survey point in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, in late October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers take down letters of a signboard promoting nuclear energy in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 21. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Residents of the town of Okuma, where the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is located, evacuate on the morning of March 12, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A worker examines earthquake safety equipment that controls vibrations installed at a Tokyo metropolitan government building in the capital’s Shinjuku Ward on Dec. 15. (Kenji Matsuzawa)
Equipment gripping steel frames are operated by remote control at a mock debris removal operation on Dec. 16. (Takuro Negishi)
The two reactors at Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Oct. 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in July (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two former Okuma town officials feed swans at the mouth of Kumagawa river in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 12. (Satoru Semba)