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

‘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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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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Quake and Tsunami Read More

3-D project under way to preserve data of disaster-ravaged Fukushima buildings
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Bereaved families to decide fate of tsunami-gutted school building
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Court rules driving school responsible for 26 tsunami-related deaths
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Overturned phone booth used to 'contact' tsunami victims to be repaired
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Gutted structure to be preserved as reminder of tsunami devastation
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Megaquake risk higher for areas along Japan's Pacific coast
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Alumni of tsunami-stricken school campaign for preserving damaged building
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Families mourn tsunami victims, seek answers from bank employer
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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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Recovery Read More

'Miracle pine' gets new life as luxury pen
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Teacher's 50-year hobby key to studying nature in pre-disaster Fukushima
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Fukushima choir finds audience in Hungary by singing in Hungarian about loss
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'Akira' creator hopes airport mural will serve as reminder of 3/11 disaster for children
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PHOTO: Giant 'recovery' artwork by ‘Akira’ creator Otomo unveiled for public
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Robot development zone planned for Fukushima to accelerate residents’ return
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From tsunami-swept land, IT expert helps grow 'edible gem' strawberries
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It's party time in once-devastated Ofunato Bay as 'yakatabune' prepares to sail
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'Evangelion' producer to open anime studio, museum in rural Fukushima
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Tohoku railway to absorb tsunami-hit line in bid to reinvigorate region
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Soma festival video starring samurai girl captures pride of quake-hit town
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Sold-out gourmet train drawing tourists to tsunami-devastated northern Tohoku
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Work begins in Fukushima to demolish ships stranded by 2011 tsunami
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Tsunami survivors revive rice planting dance in Fukushima
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Swiss travel agency owner pedals around Tohoku to promote region
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Tohoku field of dreams: Sanriku Railway forms baseball team in disaster-hit town
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Nautical charts to be revised to reflect unprecedented changes caused by tsunami
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

Nuclear watchdog takes TEPCO to task for delay in leakage report
Fukushima prefectural authorities conduct an on-site inspection near the No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 27. (Pool)
The nation's nuclear watchdog body slammed Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Feb. 27 over its failure to disclose information on the leakage of radioactive rainwater into the sea...
Entire Joban Expressway set to open with completion of Fukushima...
A radiation reading on the Joban Expressway shows 5.5 microsieverts per hour on Feb. 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A major artery connecting Tokyo to the coastal Tohoku region will open March 1, with the completion of the final stretch that runs past the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...

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
Fukushima prefectural authorities conduct an on-site inspection near the No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 27. (Pool)
A radiation reading on the Joban Expressway shows 5.5 microsieverts per hour on Feb. 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Bags filled with contaminated soil pile up at a temporary storage site in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture. The bags will be transferred to the interim storage facility straddling Okuma and Futaba. (Eiji Hori)
Tsunemasa Niitsuma, deputy head of TEPCO's Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters, apologizes at a Feb. 25 meeting with Fukushima fishermen, including Tetsu Nozaki, left, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations. (Hiroki Ito)
A Montblanc fountain pen made from branches of the "miracle pine tree" in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, which withstood the deadly tsunami on March 11, 2011 (Naoaki Terasawa)
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Specially trained members and participants in the event measure the radioactivity levels of pears from Fukushima at the facility Albireo in Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo, last November. (Yukari Takahashi)
One of the samples gathered by Nobuo Sakurai. Fukushima University currently stores it along with a memo written by him. (Yu Kotsubo)
Britain's Prince William in New York on Dec. 9, 2014 (AP Photo/ Pool)
Workers going about decontamination work in a residential area in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A 3-D laser scanner is used to collect structural data at the Koyasu Kannondo temple in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 16. The temple was damaged by tsunami spawned by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Yasuo Kojima)
Workers check safety conditions near storage tanks for radioactive water before starting the day's work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 3. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Feb. 11 (Kazunori Takahashi)
A page from “Hikari no Ryu” depicts toxins flowing from a dragon’s belly that engulf a village. (Provided by Miyuki Ono)
Miyako Furiya, right, and a director of Hungary’s state-run TV broadcaster in August 2014 (Provided by the Fukushima Kodaly Choir)
An original illustration drawn by Katsuhiro Otomo for a large mural to be displayed at Sendai Airport (Provided by the Japan Traffic Culture Association)
The “miracle pine tree” stands alone in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Members of Fukushima Saisei no Kai (Resurrection of Fukushima) drive through Iitate village to measure radiation levels on Jan. 28. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The new shape-changing robot developed by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning is put through tests in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Feb. 5. (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
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Preparatory work to build an interim storage site for radioactive waste is under way at the Okuma east industrial park (front) in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 3. The crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant stands in the background. (Tatsuya Shimada)
A wall relief designed by Katsuhiko Otomo is viewed by visitors before it is mounted at Sendai Airport. It will be on display from March 12. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Jotaro Wakamatsu (Photo by Masakazu Honda)
A reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last October (Provided by TEPCO)
Hiroki Iwasa holds a strawberry in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture. (Sakura Funazaki)
A passenger snaps a photo of the “difficult-to-return zone” in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, from a bus that started operations through the evacuation area on Jan. 31. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The FamilyMart in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, that reopened on Jan. 30 (Yosuke Fukudome)
Hiroshi Aoki, a senior official of the Naraha town government, takes a train to Iwaki from Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 10. (Hiroki Ito)
Four ambassadors--from left, New Zealand's Mark Sinclair, Britain's Tim Hitchens, Canada's Mackenzie Clugston and Australia's Bruce Miller--sample Fukushima delicacies at the Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan Midette in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Jan. 27. (Keiichiro Inoue)
A radiation dosimeter (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sayuri Yoshinaga reads poems written by victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster at a recording session on Jan. 16. (Provided by JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment Corp.)
Workers prepare to dismantle a bridge connecting platforms at JR Tomioka Station in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 26. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
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Children play in a facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 10, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Train services resume June 1 between Tatsuta and Hirono stations on the JR Joban Line. Temporary storage sites for contaminated soil and other waste are seen along the tracks. (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
Members of a group seeking indictments against former TEPCO executives over the Fukushima nuclear disaster criticize the decision by Tokyo prosecutors on Jan. 22. (Akifumi Nagahashi)
Groundwater is pumped up in areas around reactor buildings of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 26, 2013. (Pool)
Workers at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
People eat dishes in a test cruise of the ‘yakatabune’ boat in Ofunato Bay on Jan. 13. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
Gainax Co. President Hiroyuki Yamaga, far right, Gainax Fukushima President Yoshinori Asao, center right, and Miharu Mayor Yoshinori Suzuki, center left, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 19 at the signing ceremony to establish a new anime studio in the area (Naoyuki Takahashi)
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, inspects an area lined with tanks holding highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in December. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The shell of the main building of Okawa Elementary School remains as the day when it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Shunichi Kawabata)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, is expected to resume operations this spring at the earliest. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa, right, and Seiichi Sasaki, the chairman of the Futaba town assembly, explain their Jan. 13 decision to accept the construction of an intermediate storage facility for radioactive waste. (Takuro Negishi)
Family members of victims of the March 11, 2011, tsunami hold up photos of their loved ones during a news conference on Jan. 13. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The Sendai nuclear power plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power (Satoshi Otani)
Yota Watanabe, center, reminisces with friends at a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony for Okuma residents held on Jan. 11 in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Yoshitaka Ito)
Officials of Kyushu Electric Power Co. are moving toward decommissioning the No. 1 reactor at the Genkai nuclear power plant. The No. 1 reactor is the cylindrical building in the left background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Itaru Sasaki surveys the damage to his "Kaze no Denwa Box" in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on Jan. 8. (Masataka Yamaura)
The disaster-management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, in November 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Officials of Nuclear Regulation Authority inspect equipment at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Dec. 12. (pool)
Spent nuclear fuel is kept in a dry cask for storage at the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Tokai in Ibaraki Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers at a facility in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, check the radiation levels of bags of rice. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This March 2013 photo of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows, from back, the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The head of the Takakura district, right, reads aloud a statement in opposition to the lifting of a recommended evacuation advisory to officials of the nuclear emergency local response headquarters in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 21. (Masakazu Honda)
Masaharu Tsubokura, center, and the members of the Veteran Mothers' Society in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture (Yukiko Seino)
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato speaks at a news conference in April 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers remove nuclear fuel from the No. 4 reactor's storage pool at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in October. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Baby Tiara members Noa Hinata, center, Jurika Takeda, left, Yuzuki Minato, right, and Konon Mizuki, which are all their stage names, perform during a concert in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in October. A fifth member, Haru Kusunoki, was unable to participate in the performance. (Kazuhiro Sekine)
Family members of kindergarten children killed in the 2011 tsunami head to settlement discussions in Sendai on Dec. 3. (Norihiko Kuwabara)