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

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

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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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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Fukushima nuclear crisisRead More

Plaintiffs suing over Fukushima nuclear disaster form nationwide...
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)
NIHONMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--Ten groups of plaintiffs in lawsuits and other legal actions over the Fukushima nuclear disaster have joined forces to demand compensation and ...
Risk of hydrogen explosion from leaking containers at Fukushima...
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)
Inspections of containers holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant found that at least 10 percent have leaks, which could trigger a hydrogen...

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
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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A young evacuee takes a cancer-preventing potassium iodide agent in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfolded. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukushima evacuees relax in temporary housing in April 2014. A recent survey of evacuees revealed that many are suffering from some sort of health problem. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Preparatory work to remove the cover around the No. 1 reactor building starts on May 15 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Iwate University visit a reconstruction work site in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on May 9. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
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Kinichi Okubo sits in a field full of yellow narcissus flowers in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in April. (Yukiko Seino)
An aerial photo of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kenji Kubota, far left, and three other members of the organizing committee walk to a rental car in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 18 to drive to “difficult-to-return zones.” (Noriyoshi Otsuki)
Plywood walls of 2.3 meters and 3.3 meters in height are seen in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 16. Residents say a proposed 3.3-meter tsunami barrier would destroy their views of the ocean. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant check for leaks from storage tanks holding highly radioactive water. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at a news conference in April in Taipei. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pipes installed south of the No. 4 reactor building to create an underground frozen soil wall at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Pool)
Work near the No. 1 reactor turbine building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2013 (Pool)
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The skeletal framework of a building that housed the town’s disaster response center is reflected on puddle in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. The building, destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, is at the center of debate over possible preservation. (Yosuke Fukudome)
An iodine filter to reduce the release of radioactive materials in event of an accident is installed at the Shimane nuclear power plant in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, on April 27. (Ryo Isshiki)
Plaintiffs hold up banners in Kagoshima on April 22 to protest the district court’s ruling that rejected their demand for an injunction against the restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant. (Koichi Ueda)
Workers conduct a safety check around tanks storing radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in February. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Land development work is under way around a relocated section of the JR Senseki Line in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 21. (Hikaru Uchida)
Central Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the earthquake and tsunami disaster (Provided by the Great East Japan Earthquake digital archives support center)
A composite photo shows a robotic probe that became immobilized inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on April 10. (Provided by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning)
Yauemon Sato stands before a bank of solar panels at his company's Oguni power plant in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture. (Rei Kishitsu)
The No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Workers remove spent nuclear-fuel rods from a storage pool at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October 2014. (Pool)
The Takahama nuclear power plant (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
A robotic probe to survey the inside of reactor containment vessels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Decontamination work in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kiyomi Igari, left, releases juvenile salmon into the Tomiokagawa river in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 15. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer representing plaintiffs, explains the Fukui District Court’s ruling against the restarts of two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui on April 14. (Kenta Sujino)
Flap gates rise in a test at Nagoya University on April 7. (Taku Hosokawa)
An image taken by a probe robot inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows what appears to be a latch. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The robot that became stuck inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
Interns are taught how to wash oysters in an program organized by Pasona Group Inc. in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, in late March. (Provided by Pasona Group Inc.)
A robot used to study the interior of the No. 1 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
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A photo taken March 15, 2011, of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 3 reactor, left foreground, and No. 4 reactor, rear (Photo by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Hisatomo Suzuki and his former colleagues at the Okuma town hall watch carp streamers flutter in the wind from Suzuki’s home, shown in the right background, in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 4. (Yosuke Fukudome)
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A young girl is checked for internal radiation exposure using the Baby Scan device in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in September 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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)