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

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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Panel decides to pay additional damages to long-term Fukushima evacuees
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Rakuten cheerleader keeps disaster victims in her thoughts
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Trial fishing operations restart off Fukushima coast
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Underwater robot developed for work at Fukushima nuclear plant
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Aichi art festival examines a 'shaky Earth'
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Fukushima fishermen to resume test operations by month's end
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Quake and Tsunami Read More

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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20% of fire stations at risk of collapse in major earthquake
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Court rules kindergarten liable for sending children home who died in tsunami
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With no closure from tsunami, fisherman prays before empty grave of his wife
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PHOTO: Workers begin removal of ship washed inland by 3/11 tsunami
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Recovery Read More

NPO leader draws from his past in helping post-earthquake orphans
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Locomotive makes first run in 42 years to help Tohoku pick up steam
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Elementary school welcomes back students after lifting of evacuation order
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Beloved Sanriku Railway making full comeback, despite fears for future
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Fukushima evacuation order lifted for the first time
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Anti-nuclear idol Fujinami frustrated by waning interest
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Photographer restores 750,000 pictures thought lost in 2011 disaster
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POINT OF VIEW: Don't let disaster-stricken Tohoku region remain as Tokyo’s ‘colony’
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Asahi poll shows 3/11 survivors believe memories of disaster fading
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Abe promises opening of expressway through disaster area by next spring
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Businesses in disaster-hit areas relying on foreign trainees
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THREE YEARS AFTER: Post-disaster reconstruction hurt by 2020 Tokyo Olympics work
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Students send handmade incense sticks for 3/11 service in Kamaishi
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Dazaifu shrine offers famed apricot trees to quake-damaged Fukushima school
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Fukushima dental group to study baby teeth for radiation exposure
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Local residents say ballooning public works budget not going where needed
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Buddhist statue carved from tsunami-struck pine trees
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Town in shadow of stricken nuclear plant to set up base for recovery
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

Niigata governor: State must stop lying about nuclear safety...
Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The governor of Niigata Prefecture said the central government must stop spreading the lie that its new safety requirements for nuclear power plants are “the world’s...
Minister sorry for delay in releasing survey results on radiation...
Local residents collect soil samples for inspection in a park in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, while measuring airborne radiation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi apologized April 18 for a six-month delay in releasing the results of a survey in Fukushima Prefecture about the amount of radiation each...

Analysis and OpinionRead More

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: Quake or tsunami? Panels at odds over cause of...
Isolation condensers and peeled thermal insulation are seen amid debris from an explosion at the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May 2013. (Provided by the Nuclear Regulation Authority)
The thousands of families wanting to know what specifically led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that turned their lives upside down might have to wait decades for an answer.
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
Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Masahiro Nishida (Photo by Kengo Hiyoshi)
Local residents collect soil samples for inspection in a park in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, while measuring airborne radiation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pupils arrive at an elementary school in the Miyakoji district in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 7. The central government on April 1 lifted the evacuation order for the district, which is located within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Asahi Shimbun)
TEPCO officials, right, on April 9 explain the workings of pump wells that lift uncontaminated underground water before it can reach reactor buildings and become radioactive. (Takaharu Yagi)
The Sakura No. 1 robot descends stairs angled at 45 degrees in a demonstration in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on April 17. (Kuniaki Nishio)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Members of Fukushima Prefecture's council to monitor decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are briefed on the ALPS multinuclide removal equipment at the plant earlier this month. (Takaharu Yagi)
Kiyoe Kamata, a farmer from Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, talks about his years of research into local cultural heritage on Feb. 28. (Yoshitaka Ito)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A page from "Ashita, Jishin ga Yattekuru!" (An earthquake comes tomorrow!) ((c) Asuka Setoridone/ Kadokawa Enterbrain)
A new student and her parents head to Furumichi Elementary School in the Miyakoji district in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, to attend the entrance ceremony April 7. The central government on April 1 lifted the evacuation order for the district, which is located within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Temporary storage tanks holding radioactive water line the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Satoru Semba)
Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.'s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The SL Ginga steam locomotive train crosses the Miyamorigawa bridge in Tono, Iwate Prefecture, on April 12. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
A Tokyo Electric Power Co. official, right, gives a briefing April 9 about the wells used to pump out and divert groundwater before it reaches the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The No. 4 reactor is seen in the background. (Takaharu Yagi)
Yukiko Watanabe, left, and her husband, Toshiyuki, visit their home for the first time since an evacuation order in the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, was fully lifted on April 1. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
Kiyomi Mikuni holds up his creation in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Takashi Kamiguri)
Highly contaminated debris left near the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shortly after the accident at the plant in March 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Students at Furumichi Elementary School in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, are welcomed by many local residents on April 7 at their entrance ceremony. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The first train in the morning on Sanriku Railway Co.’s South Rias Line leaves Kamaishi Station in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 5. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Workers in protective gear at the damaged No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last November (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A child's thyroid gland is checked at Tokatsu Hospital in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, in November last year. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A farmer harvests rice on his farm in the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2013 for the first time since the onset of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Participants of the "Futo no Ie" (house of envelope) workshop, held in August 2013 on the sidelines of the Yappeshi Festival,  draw illustrations on envelopes and exchange works. A special edition of the festival was also held at the "Making is Living" exhibition in Tokyo. (Provided by artist Emiko Tsutsumi)
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara briefs Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato and other local leaders on the government's revised plan for intermediate storage facilities at the Fukushima prefectural government office on March 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Electric Power Development Co.’s Isogo Thermal Power Plant utilizes state-of-the-art environmental technology to produce electricity in Yokohama’s Isogo Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tohoku Electric Power Co. President Makoto Kaiwa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A resident of Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, is checked by a mobile whole-body counter to estimate his internal radiation exposure in July 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Piping for tanks holding radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Fishermen haul in a fishing net off Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 10 as part of inspections to check the radioactive contamination levels of their catch. (Satoru Semba)
The Asahi Shimbun
The ALPS water decontamination equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Asahi Shimbun
An estimated 6,000 demonstrators rallied in Kagoshima city on March 16 to protest the potential restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
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
Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, meets with Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on March 12. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
The exterior of a tsunami lifeboat developed by IHI Corp. (Takumi Fujii)
Demonstrators who oppose the government’s decision to place reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on the shortlist for safety screenings ahead of their possible restart gather in front of a building that houses Nuclear Regulation Authority offices in Tokyo on March 13. (Katsuhei Kawamura)
“Time stands still” taken by Junko Yoshida, a resident of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, in August 2013. The caption says, “More than two years have passed since the disaster, but the time in my mind is still 2:46 p.m. of that day. Although the world is changing, my thoughts are still there. Please do not let me be alone. Don’t forget me.”
Hiromitu Ito, 53, left, shovels oysters as Yuki Miura, 23, works on a rope on March 7 after harvesting oysters from one of their oyster farms three years after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Ogatsu town, Miyagi Prefecture. (AP Photo)
Local residents evacuate to a shrine on a hill after a tsunami alert was issued following an aftershock of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Aug. 14, 2011, in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sixth-grader Hirono Igari, the only pupil at Kaidomari Elementary School in Iwaki, receives a lesson from her teacher. The school will close after she graduates. (Satoru Ogawa)
Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, right, inspects equipment used to process contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 12. (Toshihiro Okuyama)
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors, shown in the background, at the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture started operations more than 40 years ago. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cocoro Fujinami (Photo by Noriyuki Kaneta)
Munemasa Takahashi (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
People offer silent prayers in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 amid a wailing siren, the exact time the Great East Japan Earthquake struck three years ago. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
A couple offers prayers to pay tribute to victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, the third anniversary of the disaster, in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Ryo Ikeda)
A middle-aged woman walks across a rusted railway track that connects the stations of Miyako and Kamaishi on the JR Yamada Line in Iwate Prefecture on March 10. Service has yet to resume between the two stations three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Shigetaka Kodama)
Plastic bags filled with contaminated soil near toll booths on the Joban-Tomioka Interchange in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, in March 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks on the first anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami before a photo of a disaster area. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A high level of radioactive cesium has been detected in the mud of the Myotoishi reservoir in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers push wheelbarrows near the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Haruka Yashiro receives her high school diploma at a graduation ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 1. (Satoru Ogawa)
A Chinese trainee, center, sorts out "mekabu," the sprouts of "wakame" seaweed, at a factory in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in February. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Elderly evacuees from Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, at a temporary housing complex in Iwaki in the prefecture in January (Yusuke Fukui)
Bags of radioactive waste lie under a tent at the garbage incineration site in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Kazuhiro Ueta, right, and Tsutomu Toichi (Photos by Takashi Ebuchi)
Isolation condensers and peeled thermal insulation are seen amid debris from an explosion at the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May 2013. (Provided by the Nuclear Regulation Authority)
Yasuhiro Igarashi talks with a crew member of the Yusei Maru in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, before the boat leaves on a fishing expedition on Feb. 25. (Atsushi Matsukawa)