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

Away from home but where the heart is--novelist moves to Fukushima
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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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Quake and Tsunami Read More

Gutted tsunami-hit structure to be preserved as memorial
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Residents of tsunami-hit island call for lower seawall to preserve ocean views
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For tsunami-hit town, preserving disaster symbol becoming a taboo subject
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Tsunami-ravaged city releases 10,000 images of disaster, reconstruction
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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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Recovery Read More

Tsunami-surviving ‘dragon tree’ beheaded, but will roar once again
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Minami-Soma deputy mayor makes ‘samurai’ debut in Soma Nomaoi Festival
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Tsunami survivors open new town on Miyagi farmland
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Buckwheat-based imitation beer hits shelves in nuclear disaster-affected village
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Cauldron lit at 1964 Tokyo Olympics inspires again in battered Tohoku region
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'Diva of temporary housing facilities' to perform landmark 400th show in Tohoku
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Tsunami-stricken Miyako rebuilds by combining disaster education, sightseeing
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In Miyagi, residents now commuting like in pre-disaster times
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PHOTO: Purple flowers returning to tsunami-stricken Miyagi beach
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Fukushima again tops in grand prizes at sake competition
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Alaska students study disaster preparedness in Iwate, where alumnus died in 2011 tsunami
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Fukushima evacuee aims to repay kindness with garden full of sakura
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Tsunami-hit Miyagi railway to resume full operation
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Juvenile salmon released to keep spawning cycle alive in a Fukushima river
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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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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

In delicate operation, 20-ton object removed from Fukushima fuel...
Two cranes are used to remove a huge piece of debris from the nuclear fuel storage pool of the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Aug. 2. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Aug. 2 removed a 20-ton piece of debris from a nuclear fuel storage pool, a small but critical step in decommissioning the crippled Fukushima No. 1...
Indictment of TEPCO trio encourages Fukushima nuclear accident...
From right: Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai, Ruiko Muto, who heads a group pursuing the criminal responsibility of TEPCO, and lawyer Yuichi Kaido celebrate outside the Tokyo District Court the independent judicial panel of citizens’ decision to indict three former TEPCO executives for their roles in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Finally, there is a sense of justice in the air over who should take responsibility for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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
Two cranes are used to remove a huge piece of debris from the nuclear fuel storage pool of the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Aug. 2. (Tatsuya Shimada)
From right: Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai, Ruiko Muto, who heads a group pursuing the criminal responsibility of TEPCO, and lawyer Yuichi Kaido celebrate outside the Tokyo District Court the independent judicial panel of citizens’ decision to indict three former TEPCO executives for their roles in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Ayumi Kikuchi, left, practices the speech she will give at a United Nations event with her English teacher, Fumi Arimura, in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 23. She attends the relocated Futaba High School, now operating in the city of Iwaki. (Takuro Negishi)
Former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Rows of tanks storing radiation-contaminated water occupy the compound of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 28. (Eiji Hori)
Local residents bow to the "dragon pine tree," which survived the 2011 disaster, before felling the tree on July 29 in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takeshi Aose)
The interior of the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant can be seen from above after a canopy panel was removed on July 28. (Eiji Hori)
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Donning a mask to protect themselves from radioactive materials, Kyushu Electric Power Co. employees conduct a drill to respond to a serious accident at the central control room of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on July 27. (Motoki Nagasawa)
Riders compete in the Kacchu-Keiba horse race, one of the main events of the Soma Nomaoi Festival, at the Hibarigaharasaijochi racetrack in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 26. (Masakazu Honda)
Kazuo Ueno points to a large pile of manure on his ranch in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 14. (Yasuo Kojima)
The town of Tamaura-Nishi is born in Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 19. (Provided by Takeki Izumi, assistant professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Imitation beers made from buckwheat (Susumu Okamoto)
Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko listen to a peach farmer in Koori town, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 16. (Pool)
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A crane moves an iodine filter to an underground venting facility during upgrading work at the No. 2 reactor of the Shimane nuclear power plant in Matsue in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A bundle of 264 nuclear fuel rods is loaded into a reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant on July 8. (Jun Kaneko)
Protesters opposed to the resumption of operations at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture gather in front of the main gate on July 7. (Jun Kaneko)
Yosuke Takagi, state minister of economy, trade and industry, right, notifies Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto of the government's plan to remove the Fukushima town's evacuation order on Sept. 5 at the town office on July 6. (Takuro Negishi)
Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toshiba Corp.’s robotic probe makes its way through a course created to simulate conditions inside the reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a demonstration in Yokohama on June 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Koji Murofushi lights the Olympic cauldron on June 27 at a park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Sayuri Ide)
Activists hold a demonstration to oppose Kansai Electric Power Co.’s plans to restart nuclear reactors as shareholders walk toward the venue of the company’s annual meeting in Kobe on June 25. (Ryo Kato)
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A signboard in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, says: “Genshiryoku--Akarui Mirai no Energy” (Nuclear power is the energy of a bright future) (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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Residents of northern Tochigi Prefecture, who filed an appeal with the government's nuclear damage compensation dispute resolution center, and their lawyers speak at a news conference in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on June 15. (Masaaki Horii)
A signboard carrying the slogan written by Yuji Onuma stands in front of the municipal gymnasium in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuro Negishi)
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The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Singer Hikaru Okuno performs at a meeting hall of a temporary housing facility in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on June 9. (Yosuke Fukudome)
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
Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., explains the company’s new compensation policy in Fukushima on June 7. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
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Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, explains the government’s nationalization plan to heads of local governments in a Fukushima prefectural government office on June 5. (Akifumi Nagahashi)
Rows of tanks holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Experts examine geological strata on the site of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Author Yu Miri interviews local guests in a radio program in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Masakazu Honda)
Yuki Matsumoto, president of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, and his mother, Miya. The hotel opened June 1 on a hill in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
A train travels the section of track between Tona and Nobiru stations in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Senseki Line, which resumed full operation on May 30. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Yukiya Amano, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks in an interview in April in Vienna. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Purple sea bell flowers blossom on a 150-meter stretch of Nobiru beach in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on May 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Nobuyo Tada and her husband, Degenhard von Twickel, watch children play on a swing donated from Germany to an interim elementary school in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 22. (Yoshitaka Ito)
The Takahama nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, right, is briefed on the ALPS system that removes radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2014. (Pool)
Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Taiji Mizutani shows off ceramic blocks he developed to safely store radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on May 25 in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. (Keizo Fukatsu)
The tsunami-wrecked disaster management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved as a memorial. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Equipment to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Pool)
Ruiko Muto, who heads a group seeking criminal charges against TEPCO and government officials, declares the establishment of a liaison conference concerning the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Masakazu Honda)
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, right, is briefed on the ALPS system that removes radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November. (Pool)
A blackboard from Futaba Junior High School contains goodbye messages from graduating students that were written in 2011. (Provided by University of Tsukuba)
Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, speaks in Fukui Prefecture on Jan. 25, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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