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

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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Dairy farmer records changes to his Fukushima village
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Quake and Tsunami Read More

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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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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Recovery Read More

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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Google Maps shows state of disaster recovery along Tohoku coastline
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Disaster-hit communities in Tohoku using local specialties to survive
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Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan Earthquake
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Photographer, designer help publish poems by Otsuchi woman penned after tsunami
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Tsunami-stricken town harvests rice for first time in 4 years
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Kids harvest 'miracle' rice grown from stalks that survived 3/11 tsunami
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

1st bus service starts through Fukushima no-entry zone
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)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Public transportation has finally returned to an evacuation zone close to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, with a bus route that...
Around-the-clock convenience store reopens in Fukushima restricted ...
The FamilyMart in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, that reopened on Jan. 30 (Yosuke Fukudome)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--A 24-hour convenience store has reopened in this small town, even though the former residents are still not allowed to stay overnight due to...

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
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)
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)
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
Workers use a cask to remove unspent nuclear fuel assemblies from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Dec. 20. Part of the photo has been altered. (Pool)
Parents of missing police officer Yuta Sato visit a destroyed patrol car left behind in the Hotokehama district of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 8. (Yasuo Kojima)
Rail track remains disconnected at Namiita Kaigan Station in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on the JR Yamada Line as of Dec. 19. (Shiori Tabuchi)
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The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers check the No. 1 reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Dec. 16. (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
Makoto Yagi, president of Kansai Electric Power Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, right, inspects facilities at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which is expected to be decommissioned, in November. (Pool)
The Oma nuclear power plant under construction in July 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka, foreground, inspects storage tanks holding water contaminated with radioactive substances at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Satoru Semba)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Dec. 11. (Ryo Ikeda)
Debris and rubble from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are transferred to a school playground in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A scene from "Samurai Girl: One Girl's Story of Becoming a Samurai" featuring the Soma Nomaoi (Soma wild horse chase) festival in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in July (Provided by Hitomi Kumasaka)
Search efforts continue in Sendai on April 9, 2011, almost a month after the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the city. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Atsu, creator of the Tohoku Cans containing air from Fukushima Prefecture (Akemi Harada)
The damaged main building of Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers remove fuel in the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 31. (Pool)
A thermal power plant in Yokohama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The germanium semiconductor detector at Fukushima University's Institute of Environmental Radioactivity on Dec. 3 (Yukiko Kiyono)
Keith Baverstock speaks about a U.N. report on the health effects of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Masakazu Honda)
Yoshitaka Takagai, an associate professor at Fukushima University, talks about the specifications of the new analytical equipment that can detect strontium 90 in less than 30 minutes. (Yukiko Seino)
Sunflowers blossom in the summer of 2008 in the former village of Yamakoshi, now part of Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture. (Provided by Isao Arai)
The dining car of the Tohoku Emotion gourmet train (Shuji Shida)
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Workers transfer a nuclear assembly into a transportation cask inside the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)