Analysis and Opinion

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: Quake or tsunami? Panels at odds over cause of...
Isolation condensers and peeled thermal insulation are seen amid debris from an explosion at the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May 2013. (Provided by the Nuclear Regulation Authority)
The thousands of families wanting to know what specifically led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that turned their lives upside down might have to wait decades for an answer.
Study: Nankai Trough quake would create 11 times more debris than...
Debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake is loaded onto a truck in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 25. It was the prefecture’s last haul of waste from the disaster. (Toru Furusho)
A Nankai Trough earthquake would produce up to 11 times more debris, garbage and mud than the detritus left behind from the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to the...
Survey: 28% of kids from quake-hit areas suffer anxiety, depression
Children play at a park in quake-hit Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Almost 30 percent of children from the three prefectures in the Tohoku region that were the hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami suffer from anxiety, depression ...
Study: Tsunami sparked more than 40% of fires on 3/11
The massive tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, causes extensive fires in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 40 percent of all the fires spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake were the result of the massive tsunami that followed, a recent study by an academic society has ...
Nuclear power backers picking up steam on reactor restarts
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster triggered feverish calls among citizens and even politicians to abandon the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.
TOKYO AT RISK: Government estimates 23,000 killed in quake beneath ...
The Asahi Shimbun
A massive magnitude-7 earthquake, expected to strike beneath Tokyo with a high probability within 30 years, could claim up to 23,000 lives, destroy more than 600,000 buildings...
TOKYO AT RISK: Imagining a magnitude-7 quake in Tokyo
Residents living in Chiba Prefecture are forced to walk home from Tokyo after public transportation was severely disrupted following the Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
If a magnitude-7 earthquake were to strike the nation's capital, the total figures for fatalities and economic damage would be overwhelming, according to a central government...
TEPCO: Not all pumped-in water reached overheating Fukushima...
The Asahi Shimbun
Fire engines were used in a desperate, and ultimately futile, attempt to pump water to cool overheating reactors during the early phase of the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
Survey: Families in Fukushima Prefecture still apart after nuclear ...
An evacuee, who is living in temporary housing in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in late November looks over photos of her grandchildren who moved to Tokyo following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster. (Shinichi Fujiwara)
Evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster are still being forced to live apart from their families more than two and a half years later due to cramped...
INTERVIEW/ Peter Bradford: Independent watchdog needed to monitor...
Peter Bradford during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Peru, Vermont (Shiro Namekata)
PERU, Vermont--An independent watchdog should oversee the daunting task of decommissioning the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and combating the contaminated water...
Scientists: 2011 tsunami originated from slip in seabed clay layer
Tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake tears through Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11, 2011. (Provided by a reader)
The towering tsunami created by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 originated from a slip in a clay layer along a plate boundary beneath the seabed off the Pacific coast...
Geological records of Tohoku tsunami discovered in sand layers
A research member explains geographical layers showing signs of tsunami in three different periods in the Shimonogo district of Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on Nov. 10. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
IWANUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Sand layers near an archaeological site in northern Japan provide clear evidence of three tsunami, one dating back more than 1,000 years.
Pro-nuclear voices dominate energy policy committee
An emergency vent equipped with filters is installed on the No. 1 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant on Oct. 2. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kikuko Tatsumi has found herself increasingly isolated on a government panel discussing the nation’s energy policy.
Survey: Housing projects delayed for more than 10,000 evacuees
Due to bidding problems, construction has yet to start on this site of a planned public housing complex in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, for evacuees of the Tohoku disaster. (Tateki Iwai)
Problems such as difficulties in securing land and shortages of public employees and bidders are cited by governments in an Asahi Shimbun survey showing about 30 percent of the ...
New research predicts giant quakes in 17 areas globally
The Asahi Shimbun
The Okinawa and Ogasawara island chains are among 17 areas around the world that are at risk of being hit by magnitude-9 class earthquakes, based on estimates of seismic energy ...
INSIGHT: Frozen soil wall at Fukushima plant riddled with...
The Asahi Shimbun
An ambitious plan to create a frozen underground soil wall at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to contain contaminated groundwater is facing hurdles, most...
Psychiatric society releases first PTSD treatment guidelines after ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Psychiatrists have taken one of the greatest natural disasters in Japan’s recent history as an opportunity to help doctors as well as patients better understand...
POINT OF VIEW/ Keiji Takeuchi: Pursuing responsibility for...
Former TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, center, and vice president Sakae Muto, right, during a news conference on March 20, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Sept. 9 decision by prosecutors to not indict anyone connected to the Fukushima nuclear accident only concluded that it is technically difficult to pursue legal...
INTERVIEW: Former member of 'nuclear village' calls for local...
Yukiteru Naka in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (Motooki Hayasaka)
In his 40 years of involvement at nuclear plants in Fukushima Prefecture, Yukiteru Naka witnessed the safety myth surrounding nuclear energy grow to levels that left him...