Life and Death

Anguish of tsunami-stricken family: Don't call off search...
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Just one last time, that's all Chikara Yoshida is asking for as he seeks closure over his son's disappearance in the 2011 earthquake and...
Taxi drivers report 'ghost passengers' in area devastated in 2011...
Yuka Kudo, 22, a senior at Tohoku Gakuin University, discusses her graduation thesis in Sendai on Dec. 28. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
SENDAI--In early summer 2011, a taxi driver working in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, which had been devastated by the tsunami a few months earlier, had a mysterious encounter.
Bereaved husband hails tsunami-hit hospital's reopening
Masahiro Goto holds a photo of his wife, Hiromi, in his house in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on Nov. 21. One of her white coats, which was found in the hospital after the disaster, hangs in the background. (Yoshinobu Motegi)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--A hospital worker who lost his nurse wife and colleague when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami destroyed their workplace has hailed ...
Monument for tsunami victim gets permanent home
The parents of Kanae Seo, who was swept away in the 2011 tsunami, offer flowers to her stone monument at a site overlooking Okirai Bay in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on Aug. 16. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--A stone monument in honor of a university student who was last seen helping an elderly woman flee the 2011 tsunami has become a memorial for all...
Away from home but where the heart is--novelist moves to Fukushima
Author Yu Miri interviews local guests in a radio program in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--“Many people who know me think this is another abrupt and off-the-wall act,” said award-winning author Yu Miri. “But it's not. I have...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Girl killed in tsunami lives on in picture book
Airi Sato, who was killed in the tsunami on March 11, 2011 (Provided by Mika Sato)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Keiko Sekiguchi came up with a project to share in the sorrow of a grieving mother whose young daughter was killed in the 2011 disaster.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Nuclear power plant worker regrets not saving...
Masashi Yoshida joins a search effort to find people still missing from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 11. (Takuro Negishi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--On the morning of the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Masashi Yoshida offered water and freshly cooked rice to his late...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Father gets diving license, joins undersea...
A portrait of daughter Emi hangs in the living room of the new home of Masaaki and Hiromi Narita in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takaharu Yagi)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Once or twice each month, Masaaki Narita dives into the sea to search for anything related to his only daughter who was swept away in the tsunami ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Police race against time to ID 83 bodies ahead...
A Miyagi prefectural police officer compares characteristics of unidentified bodies with those of missing individuals at the prefectural police's headquarters in Sendai. (Shuhei Takei)
On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, police are accelerating efforts to identify the remains of 83 victims in the three hardest-hit...
‘Miracle pine’ that stood tall in tsunami offers hope for...
The “miracle pine tree” stands alone in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Nearly four years after the towering March 2011 tsunami swept away 70 households and claimed 54 lives in this seashore community, a lone...
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...