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

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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Minami-Soma OKs rice planting for 1st time in 4 years
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Quake and Tsunami Read More

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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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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Recovery Read More

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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Gigantic belt brings mud to raise ground of tsunami-hit city
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Young people launch website featuring gift items from 3/11 disaster-hit region
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89,000 still living in temporary housing in Tohoku disaster area
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Salmon still affected by 3/11 disaster, dealing blow to Tohoku economy
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Origami project takes off, thanks in part to a former first lady
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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

After failures, TEPCO to use special cement to prevent...
The Asahi Shimbun
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant plans to fill in trenches on the coastline in yet another attempt to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into...
TEPCO starts transferring remaining unspent fuel from Fukushima No....
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.)
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has started removing unspent nuclear fuel from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building, which was heavily...

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
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)
The Asahi Shimbun
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.)
A crane removes structures from the deck of a fishing boat in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 21. The vessel was wrecked and washed inland by the tsunami generated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Yosuke Fukudome)
An aerial view of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, hands a copy of the revised law to mandate the eventual removal of radioactive waste from Fukushima Prefecture to Governor Masao Uchibori in Iwaki on Nov. 19. (Takuro Negishi)
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, second from right, and Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba, second from left, sample rice balls in Tokyo on Nov. 19. The "onigiri" was made from rice harvested in Namie near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Teru Okumura)
A preservation group performs the Taueodori dance at Kibunejinja shrine in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 15. (Masakazu Honda)
The Oma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture is currently under construction. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A scene from Atsushi Funahashi's "Nuclear Nation II" ((c) 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
Tanks storing contaminated water are seen at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on Nov. 12. (AP Photo/ Pool)
Nagako Tanno sits on a chair and weeps on Nov. 11 at the former site of 77 Bank’s Onagawa branch in Miyagi Prefecture. Her eldest daughter was swept away by the tsunami spawned by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Takaharu Yagi)
A bag filled with contaminated debris is placed inside a new bag at a temporary storage site in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 11. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The Asahi Shimbun
Swiss travel agency owner Thomas Kohler poses for a photograph in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, on Nov. 8. A message, “Jitensha de Tohoku wo” (In Tohoku on a bicycle), is written on his bicycle and T-shirt. (Mitomu Narita)
The damaged interior of the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant can be seen from above, with two of the six panels of a canopy over the reactor building removed, on Nov. 10. (Shiro Nishihata)
Minamata disease victim Koichiro Matsunaga, second from right, and members of his group oppose the restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima  Prefecture. (Yasushi Saito)
A decontamination robot developed by Sugino Machine Ltd. is shown in Namerikawa, Toyama Prefecture. (Makoto Ukai)
Major league pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, center, and Sanriku Railway Co. President Masahiko Mochizuki, second from right, attend a Nov. 6 news conference in Tokyo to announce the formation of the Sanriku Tetsudo Kit Dreams amateur baseball team. (Ryusaburo Matsumoto)
A special cask receptacle removes nuclear fuel assemblies from a storage pool inside the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The Asahi Shimbun
Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa, second from left, inspects the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Nov. 3. (Ryo Ikeda)
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Tsuruga nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A panel is lifted by crane at the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 31. (Takaharu Yagi)
The No. 3 reactor building, second from foreground, at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Rokkasho processing plant in Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Work starts to dismantle a canopy installed over the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Pool)
Protesters rally in Tokyo's Shinbashi district on Oct. 29. (Wataru Sekita)
Anti-nuclear protesters stage a rally outside the city hall in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Oct. 28. (Koichi Ueda)
Sendai nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Katsuura Mayor Hisao Saruta, left, and Kyozui Toda, head of the local Buddhism temples' association, show off an agreement on disaster cooperation at the city office in  Chiba Prefecture in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Residents of Kami, Miyagi Prefecture, refuse to budge even after an explanation by an Environment Ministry official, far right. (Shuhei Takei)
The No. 3 reactor, left foreground, and No. 4 reactor, background, shortly after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 (Provided by TEPCO)
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 drill into a panel of a canopy covering the damaged No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
A dinghy of the Tenyo, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Japan Coast Guard, navigates Onagawa Bay. (Yosuke Fukudome)
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, for evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Photos of the Sanriku coastline are taken from fishing boats off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, for Google Inc.'s "Sanriku Street View From the sea" project. (Provided by Google Inc.)
A mobile screen shows Facebook’s Safety Check notification. Users can check the safety of those on their friends list through the new service, which started on Oct. 16. (Provided by Facebook Inc.)
The Asahi Shimbun
The cover over the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in June 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Environment Ministry holds a briefing session on the planned nuclear waste storage facility for landowners in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sept. 29. (Teru Okumura)
Takashi Murakami's art installation was moved to a different room before an exhibition at Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s Green Plaza was opened to the public. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
Evacuee Mamoru Takano and his wife Yayoi are temporarily reunited with their dogs at their home in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 12. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) in 2011 (Pool)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fishermen wash scallops after hauling in their catch at Koishihama fishing port in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. (Ryusaburo Matsumoto)
A temporary levee constructed on the coastline at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan Agricultural Cooperative staff members inspect peaches produced in Fukushima Prefecture in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Residents are transported by a chartered private bus during a drill for a nuclear accident in Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture, in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pupils bid goodbye to their classmates at an elementary school in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, in March 2013 before moving on. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kajima Corp. and Nikkin Flux Inc.’s water analysis equipment quickly measures radioactive cesium levels. (Provided by Kajima Corp.)
A photo provided by Reiko Sekiguchi shows people eating “nabe” (hot pot) dishes together at a workplace on March 11, 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. (Provided by 20 Seiki Archive Sendai)
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, accommodates evacuees from Naraha, a town that hosts the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yutaka Matsubara, right, and Junji Hashimoto speak during an interview in Tsu, Mie Prefecture. (Sotaro Hata)
Farmers harvest rice in the Otomo district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, for the first time in four years on Sept. 20. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The Otaki falls on the Nishi-Arakawa river in Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture. The river runs near an area being considered as a final disposal site for radioactive waste. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Daniel Olsson smiles in relief after reaching Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido, on July 8 in a cycling tour to raise funds for the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster. (Ryosuke Ishibashi)