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

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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THREE YEARS AFTER: Fisherman who lost family on 3/11 sails with them in spirit
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Quake and Tsunami Read More

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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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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Recovery Read More

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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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Raw voices from Fukushima's aftermath heard in Tokyo
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tsunami survivor who could not save mother finds role in life
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: Many schools still not rebuilt due to rising costs, other priorities
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FOUR YEARS AFTER: 80% of Fukushima municipalities expect full restoration in fiscal 2021 or later
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Tsunami-hit Kamaishi to host games in Rugby World Cup
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Persevering Miyagi, Iwate students graduate from temporary school buildings
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Young craftsmen carve reconstruction minister's new seal from 'miracle pine'
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'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 nuclear crisisRead More

TEPCO to come clean on radiation levels, allow checks by outside...
Local government representatives are briefed by TEPCO officials about the leakage of water from a storage tank of contaminated water at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in April 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. pledged to disclose all data on radiation levels at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after it was taken to task for delaying...
Radioactive soil finally moved to Futaba site
Workers place bags of contaminated soil trucked to an interim storage facility in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25. (Keisuke Sato)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Environment Ministry has begun transporting radioactive soil to the planned site of an interim storage facility here after years of tough...

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
Local government representatives are briefed by TEPCO officials about the leakage of water from a storage tank of contaminated water at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in April 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Participants at Nobiru Station in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 29 get to walk along the tracks of the JR Senseki Line, which is nearing final repairs for damage caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Visitors check out a reproduced anime studio at “Kuso to Art no Museum--Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha” in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 28. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Workers place bags of contaminated soil trucked to an interim storage facility in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25. (Keisuke Sato)
AKB48 members perform at a concert in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11, the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Naoko Kawamura)
Workers check portable devices to remove strontium from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October. (Pool)
Teacher Satomi Senzaki comforts Chika Akimoto after the graduation ceremony at Kawauchi Elementary School in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear accident undergo radiation exposure testing at an evacuation center in Fukushima on March 15, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Haruka Onodera, a second-year student at Fukushima High School in Fukushima, will present the findings on radiation levels in four countries at an international gathering in France. (Yuri Oiwa)
Reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant housing (from back to front) the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, in March 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A train leaves Onagawa Station in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Ishinomaki Line for the first time in four years, on March 21. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The Asahi Shimbun
The No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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Shizuo Shoyama stands in front of a bay that separates his neighborhood from the nuclear reactor buildings at the Mihama nuclear power plant. (Masatomo Ono)
The booklet "10 Lessons from Fukushima" and translated versions line an exhibition space in Sendai on March 16. (Shunsuke Kimura)
Yuji Onuma holds a sign saying, "Absolutely opposed to sign removal" in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. As a child, he wrote the slogan on the signboard that says, "Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future." (Masakazu Honda)
In full protective gear, workers conduct various tasks near the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An unclaimed notebook found in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is on display at the Recycle Plaza in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Wataru Sekita)
Researchers show off a flying robot designed to measure radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at Tohoku University in Sendai. (Ryoma Komiyama)
Workers continue their decommissioning efforts at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the night of March 12. The luminous line in front is the Joban Expressway, which fully opened on March 1. (Wataru Sekita)
Airi Sato, who was killed in the tsunami on March 11, 2011 (Provided by Mika Sato)
A radiation monitoring post installed in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture (Yosuke Fukudome)
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the front of the Mihama nuclear power plant in Mihama, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11 (Shinichi Sekine)
Masashi Yoshida joins a search effort to find people still missing from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 11. (Takuro Negishi)
Shinji Seo, center, visits the memorial for his daughter, Kanae, along with his wife and son in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Only the foundation of JR Tomioka Station remains after the station building was demolished due to damage from the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Hiroki Ito)
Rows of solar panels line a field in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Storage tanks for highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Staff members of an agricultural cooperative in Fukushima pick out flawless peaches from a conveyor belt. (Mana Nagano)
Kinki University's nuclear reactor in Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, had been used by other universities for practical training. (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
The city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, faces the onslaught of tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Katsujiro Kakezono)
Yotaro Hatamura during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
One signboard hanging across the entrance to the town center in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, says “Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future.” (Takuro Negishi)
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
Prototype smart glasses show how a Tohoku town appeared before the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Shinya Takagi)
Eiji Aoyama, president of NA Tech, tests a prototype floatable futon in Lake Biwako in February 2014. (Provided by NA Tech)
A pair of children and their mother jump for photographer Katsuhiro Ichikawa at Tokyo's Haneda Airport as part of the "Tohoku Smile Project" organized by photographer Katsuhiro Ichikawa. (Louis Templado)
The devastation from the 2011 tsunami is evident in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, in December 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A portrait of daughter Emi hangs in the living room of the new home of Masaaki and Hiromi Narita in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takaharu Yagi)
Workers wearing protective suits install a temporary electric switchboard at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 18, 2011. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Ichie Watanabe speaks to the audience gathered at the "Fukushima no koe wo kiko!" (I'll hear Fukushima's voice) event in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on March 3. (Louis Templado)
Sayaka Sugawara (Photo by Masahiko Takai)
Bags containing radioactive debris accumulate in the compound of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 24. (Satoru Semba)
Students of Unosumai Elementary School in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, attend classes in prefabricated school buildings as reconstruction of school buildings are delayed. (Eiichiro Suganuma)
Temporary housing units constructed in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A 1/40 scale model of a building undergoes a seismic test at a Shimizu Corp. facility in Tokyo on March 4. (Takashi Kamiguri)
A Miyagi prefectural police officer compares characteristics of unidentified bodies with those of missing individuals at the prefectural police's headquarters in Sendai. (Shuhei Takei)
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Tanks storing water contaminated with radioactive materials at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Akira Onoda films the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 22. (Takeshi Teruya)
Temporary housing for evacuees from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 31, 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in a recent photo before the fourth anniversary of the nuclear accident (Naoko Kawamura)
The last runners of the 1964 Olympic torch relay are seen in Fukushima on Sept. 30, 1964. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Residents in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, celebrate the announcement of the city's selection as a venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on March 2. (Takaharu Yagi)
Underclass students at the city-run Joshi Shogyo (all-girls commercial) high school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, hand bouquets of flowers to graduating seniors on March 1. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The reconstruction minister's new seal made from the "miracle pine tree" of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, is displayed in Tokyo on Feb. 28 (Nobuyoshi Nakamura)
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)