Life and Death

Elderly woman's death linked to 2011 disaster, court rules
Search efforts continue in Sendai on April 9, 2011, almost a month after the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the city. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--A district court here ordered the city government to retract its earlier decision not to pay special condolence money to the family of an 85-year-old woman who died...
Students from tsunami-hit, nuke disaster-affected towns to hold...
Rinoa Nakai, left, and Yuta Miura hold a presentation on their experiences at the time of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on Aug. 12 in Tokyo. (Natsuki Edogawa)
High school students from a tsunami-ravaged town in Tohoku and a municipality near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will hold a joint exhibition of then-and-now ...
Grieving mother learns of son's giving nature in aftermath of 3/11
Takeko Suzuki prays in front of the photo of her son Kentaro in Fukushima on Aug. 11. She does so twice every day--in the morning and before going to bed at night. (Yosuke Fukudome)
FUKUSHIMA--Before the Buddhist altar in the living room of her home at a temporary housing facility here, Takeko Suzuki prayed for the spirit of her eldest son, Kentaro. His...
Poems of Fukushima native pluck heartstrings overseas
Fukushima native Taro Aizu displays pages of a book that contain overseas artists’ works featuring his poetry. (Kanako Miyajima)
HADANO, Kanagawa Prefecture--Poet Taro Aizu is still trying to adjust to his newfound fame overseas.
Fukushima farm ships 1st produce cultivated in evacuation zone
Hiroshi Sato harvests strawberries grown in a greenhouse at his farm in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture. (Yukiko Seino)
IITATE, Fukushima Prefecture--Forty kilograms of fresh strawberries were shipped from Iitate Ichigo Land farm on July 31, the first produce dispatched from an area designated...
Mother cherishes flowers from seeds left by young son killed in...
Tomoko Sato looks at morning glories that were grown from seeds that belonged to her deceased son, Kenta. Her son was killed in the tsunami that was triggered by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Satomi Ono)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Tomoko Sato takes special care of the morning glories that she has planted under the eaves of her small house, feeling that they are gifts from...
Fukushima evacuee collects memories of those who can never return
Hidenori Konno, second from right, shows his collection of testimonies on April 9 in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture. They were provided by some of those who were forced to flee their homes due to the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The other four people are, from right, Yoshimi Saito, Kazuko Konno, Yoichi Konno and Taka Saito. (Mikio Kano)
MOTOMIYA, Fukushima Prefecture--A retired social welfare official who was forced to flee his home in the Tsushima district of the town of Namie after the accident at the...
Fukushima residents make YouTube 'Happy' dance video to show life...
Two waitresses dance to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" in a YouTube video that was made to show that life still goes on in Fukushima Prefecture despite the March 2011 nuclear accident. (Taken from YouTube)
FUKUSHIMA--An amateur video of residents from Fukushima Prefecture dancing to the hit U.S. single “Happy” is proving to be somewhat of a minor sensation on YouTube.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Tohoku women express inner feelings at 3/11...
“Time stands still” taken by Junko Yoshida, a resident of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, in August 2013. The caption says, “More than two years have passed since the disaster, but the time in my mind is still 2:46 p.m. of that day. Although the world is changing, my thoughts are still there. Please do not let me be alone. Don’t forget me.”
Women who survived the 2011 disaster in the Tohoku region are holding a photo exhibition in Tokyo that has enabled them to pour out their emotions.
Fisheries wiped out by 2011 tsunami seek ways to revive struggling ...
Hiromitu Ito, 53, left, shovels oysters as Yuki Miura, 23, works on a rope on March 7 after harvesting oysters from one of their oyster farms three years after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Ogatsu town, Miyagi Prefecture. (AP Photo)
When the tsunami smashed the seafood processing factory where Shoichi Sato was working, he lost his job but eventually found a new life. Three years later, Sato is among the...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Man sues over failures in 3/11 tsunami warnings
Local residents evacuate to a shrine on a hill after a tsunami alert was issued following an aftershock of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Aug. 14, 2011, in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--A man who lost his wife in the 2011 disaster has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for what he claims were failures in the tsunami warning...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Silent prayers offered throughout Japan at 2:46 ...
People offer silent prayers in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 amid a wailing siren, the exact time the Great East Japan Earthquake struck three years ago. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
People throughout Japan bowed their heads in silent prayer on March 11, which marked the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Daughter of TEPCO worker struggles with family...
Haruka Yashiro receives her high school diploma at a graduation ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 1. (Satoru Ogawa)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A teenage girl whose family has fallen apart since the Fukushima nuclear crisis unfolded is finally coming to terms with her father's job.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Stress-related deaths reach 2,973 in Tohoku
Elderly evacuees from Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, at a temporary housing complex in Iwaki in the prefecture in January (Yusuke Fukui)
Stress-related deaths have exceeded the death toll of those directly killed by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima Prefecture, as Asahi Shimbun survey ...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Fisherman who lost family on 3/11 sails with...
Yasuhiro Igarashi talks with a crew member of the Yusei Maru in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, before the boat leaves on a fishing expedition on Feb. 25. (Atsushi Matsukawa)
YAMADA, Iwate Prefecture--A fisherman who lost his family in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami three years ago hopes to rejuvenate himself with a ship he named after...
Film shows lifestyles of traditional Miyagi village before 3/11...
In the film “The People Living in Hadenya--Part One,” a fisherman and his wife prepare for oyster farming in Hadenya, a community in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, before the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. (Courtesy of Kazuki Agatsuma)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--A filmmaker who started documenting a fishing community in this town, three years before it was swept away by the tsunami on March 11, 2011,...
Strong U.S.-Japan bond formed in aftermath of 3/11
Andy Anderson and his wife Jean at their home near Richmond, Virginia. At left is Takeshi Yamawaki, American general bureau chief of The Asahi Shimbun. (Yuko Lanham)
Nearly three years ago, Taylor Anderson was teaching in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Then the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami disaster happened, and Taylor, just 24, lost her...
Radio station in tsunami-hit city breaks world record
Kamaishi Mayor Takenori Noda, center, and drama cast members hold a Guinness World Records certificate for "longest nonstop live radio play" at the Kamaishi city hall on Jan. 23. (The Asahi Shimbun)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--A radio drama intended to draw attention to this coastal city devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and to encourage survivors has broken...
Famed Sanriku Railway soon back to pre-disaster operations
The Sanriku Railway runs along the coast in Fudai, Iwate Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--A railway that was thrown out of action by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster will be back to full strength this spring.
Dairy farmer records changes to his Fukushima village
Kenichi Hasegawa (Photo by Maki Okubo)
DATE, Fukushima Prefecture--Kenichi Hasegawa’s home videos and photos do not contain the usual fare. They show cows heading for slaughter, villagers bidding farewell, and men ...