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

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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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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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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20% of fire stations at risk of collapse in major earthquake
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Recovery Read More

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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Tohoku cat, missing since 2011 disaster, reunited with owners
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PHOTO: Fukushima kids rock runway at Tohoku fashion event
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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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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose planned restart of Kyushu reactors
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nearly 60 percent of citizens are opposed to the planned restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the first such restart under tougher...
Fukushima ballet students get a lift from top dancers from Paris
Students receive instructions at the Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School from top dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet on July 26. (Toshihide Ueda)
FUKUSHIMA--Ballet students in Fukushima Prefecture received world-class instruction and encouragement on July 26 as top dancers from the internationally renowned Paris Opera...

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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
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)
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)
Yui Kimura calls for the abolition of nuclear power in front of the building where Tokyo Electric Power Co. held its shareholders’ meeting on June 26. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (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
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)
Deserted farmland in a 'difficult-to-return' zone in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Keiko Sawauchi’s damaged grand piano sits in a room scattered with books and other articles in her house in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 21. (Masakazu Honda)
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. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Anji Hino performs a dance during her final stage performance in “Dance Romanesque” in 2011. (C)Takarazuka Revue Co.
Two waitresses dance to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" in a YouTube video that was made to show that life still goes on in Fukushima Prefecture despite the March 2011 nuclear accident. (Taken from YouTube)
Google Inc. workers aboard a small boat shoot images off the coast of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on June 18. The photos will be released online on Google Street View in January. (Provided by Google Inc.)
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a factory of Kikuchi Seisakusho Co. in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture. (Pool)
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara explains his comment about money at a June 17 news conference. (Teru Okumura)
Upper House member Tetsuro Fukuyama (The Asahi Shimbun)
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive at Fukushima Airport on May 11, 2011. (Pool)
A man asks government officials to give details of the construction of intermediate storage facilities for radioactive debris at an explanatory session on June 15 in Sendai. (Yoshitaka Ito)
Holding banners and signs, opponents of nuclear power march to the local branch of Kyushu Electric Power Co. in Kagoshima, capital of Kagoshima Prefecture, after a protest rally June 13. (Koichi Ueda)
Emperor Akihito, second from right, visits an evacuation shelter in Fukushima city along with Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, third from right, on May 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kenichi Shimomura being interviewed by The Asahi Shimbun (Tomomi Miyazaki)
Anti-nuclear demonstrators in front of the venue hosting TEPCO's annual shareholders' meeting in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on June 27, 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko acknowledge residents of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, during a visit in May 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulation Authority study geological formations along a fault line at the Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture in December 2013. (Pool)
The old town hall building of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, being demolished on June 11 (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Kazuo Matsukawa, center, is reunited with his fishing boat Matsukazu Maru in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 30. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
Empress Michiko, in stockinged feet, talks to disaster victims at Utatsu Junior High School in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, in April 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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In a prerecorded program, Emperor Akihito delivers a speech on March 16, 2011. (Provided by Imperial Household Agency)
Naoto Kan presides over an emergency Cabinet meeting after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The meeting was held at the prime minister's office on March 16, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Masao Yoshida, manager at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, takes questions from reporters in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 12, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)