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

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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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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Quake and Tsunami Read More

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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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Seismic device can reproduce any quake
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Blood problems continue to plague residents at temporary housing
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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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Recovery Read More

Cauldron lit at 1964 Tokyo Olympics inspires again in battered Tohoku region
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'Diva of temporary housing facilities' to perform landmark 400th show in Tohoku
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Tsunami-stricken Miyako rebuilds by combining disaster education, sightseeing
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In Miyagi, residents now commuting like in pre-disaster times
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PHOTO: Purple flowers returning to tsunami-stricken Miyagi beach
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Fukushima again tops in grand prizes at sake competition
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Alaska students study disaster preparedness in Iwate, where alumnus died in 2011 tsunami
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Fukushima evacuee aims to repay kindness with garden full of sakura
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Tsunami-hit Miyagi railway to resume full operation
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Juvenile salmon released to keep spawning cycle alive in a Fukushima river
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Tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line nearing full operations in Miyagi
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'Evangelion' producer hopes anime museum will put world spotlight on rural Fukushima
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AKB48 members continue to bring smiles to disaster-hit areas despite initial criticism
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Meet the 12-year-old Fukushima girl who is braving it alone at school
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Train service resumes on final stretch of JR line in disaster-hit Miyagi town
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Fukushima city offers last look in effort to return unclaimed items from 2011 disaster
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Japan prays for Tohoku disaster victims
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Project gathers happy photos to cheer disaster-hit Tohoku region
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Population shrinks by 92,000 in 39 disaster-hit municipalities
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

Shape-changing robot built to photo melted fuel at Fukushima...
Toshiba Corp.’s robotic probe makes its way through a course created to simulate conditions inside the reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a demonstration in Yokohama on June 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
YOKOHAMA--Toshiba Corp. unveiled a shape-shifting robot that could finally reveal the actual condition of melted nuclear fuel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
TEPCO told to pay 27 million yen to family of Fukushima evacuee...
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been ordered to pay 27 million yen ($219,500) in compensation to the bereaved family of a male evacuee who committed suicide after being ...

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
Toshiba Corp.’s robotic probe makes its way through a course created to simulate conditions inside the reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a demonstration in Yokohama on June 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Koji Murofushi lights the Olympic cauldron on June 27 at a park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Sayuri Ide)
Activists hold a demonstration to oppose Kansai Electric Power Co.’s plans to restart nuclear reactors as shareholders walk toward the venue of the company’s annual meeting in Kobe on June 25. (Ryo Kato)
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A signboard in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, says: “Genshiryoku--Akarui Mirai no Energy” (Nuclear power is the energy of a bright future) (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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Residents of northern Tochigi Prefecture, who filed an appeal with the government's nuclear damage compensation dispute resolution center, and their lawyers speak at a news conference in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on June 15. (Masaaki Horii)
A signboard carrying the slogan written by Yuji Onuma stands in front of the municipal gymnasium in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuro Negishi)
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The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Singer Hikaru Okuno performs at a meeting hall of a temporary housing facility in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on June 9. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., explains the company’s new compensation policy in Fukushima on June 7. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
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Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, explains the government’s nationalization plan to heads of local governments in a Fukushima prefectural government office on June 5. (Akifumi Nagahashi)
Rows of tanks holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Experts examine geological strata on the site of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Author Yu Miri interviews local guests in a radio program in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Masakazu Honda)
Yuki Matsumoto, president of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, and his mother, Miya. The hotel opened June 1 on a hill in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
A train travels the section of track between Tona and Nobiru stations in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Senseki Line, which resumed full operation on May 30. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Yukiya Amano, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks in an interview in April in Vienna. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Purple sea bell flowers blossom on a 150-meter stretch of Nobiru beach in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on May 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Nobuyo Tada and her husband, Degenhard von Twickel, watch children play on a swing donated from Germany to an interim elementary school in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 22. (Yoshitaka Ito)
The Takahama nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, right, is briefed on the ALPS system that removes radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2014. (Pool)
Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Taiji Mizutani shows off ceramic blocks he developed to safely store radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on May 25 in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. (Keizo Fukatsu)
The tsunami-wrecked disaster management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved as a memorial. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Equipment to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Pool)
Ruiko Muto, who heads a group seeking criminal charges against TEPCO and government officials, declares the establishment of a liaison conference concerning the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Masakazu Honda)
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, right, is briefed on the ALPS system that removes radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November. (Pool)
A blackboard from Futaba Junior High School contains goodbye messages from graduating students that were written in 2011. (Provided by University of Tsukuba)
Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, speaks in Fukui Prefecture on Jan. 25, 2014. (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
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The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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A young evacuee takes a cancer-preventing potassium iodide agent in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfolded. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukushima evacuees relax in temporary housing in April 2014. A recent survey of evacuees revealed that many are suffering from some sort of health problem. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Preparatory work to remove the cover around the No. 1 reactor building starts on May 15 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Iwate University visit a reconstruction work site in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on May 9. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
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Kinichi Okubo sits in a field full of yellow narcissus flowers in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in April. (Yukiko Seino)
An aerial photo of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kenji Kubota, far left, and three other members of the organizing committee walk to a rental car in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 18 to drive to “difficult-to-return zones.” (Noriyoshi Otsuki)
Plywood walls of 2.3 meters and 3.3 meters in height are seen in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 16. Residents say a proposed 3.3-meter tsunami barrier would destroy their views of the ocean. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant check for leaks from storage tanks holding highly radioactive water. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at a news conference in April in Taipei. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pipes installed south of the No. 4 reactor building to create an underground frozen soil wall at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Pool)
Work near the No. 1 reactor turbine building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2013 (Pool)
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The skeletal framework of a building that housed the town’s disaster response center is reflected on puddle in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. The building, destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, is at the center of debate over possible preservation. (Yosuke Fukudome)
An iodine filter to reduce the release of radioactive materials in event of an accident is installed at the Shimane nuclear power plant in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, on April 27. (Ryo Isshiki)
Plaintiffs hold up banners in Kagoshima on April 22 to protest the district court’s ruling that rejected their demand for an injunction against the restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant. (Koichi Ueda)
Workers conduct a safety check around tanks storing radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in February. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Land development work is under way around a relocated section of the JR Senseki Line in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 21. (Hikaru Uchida)