Life and Death

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 ...
Minami-Soma OKs rice planting for 1st time in 4 years
Farmers in Minami-Soma remove debris in rice fields on Dec. 10. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The rice fields have lain fallow in this northern coastal city since tsunami deluged the area in 2011. But now, for the first time since then,...
Japan, U.S. eye new council to coordinate disaster response
U.S. military and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel during recovery efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake at the JR Senseki Line’s Nobiru Station in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 21, 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The governments of Japan and the United States are weighing the merits of setting up a council that will automatically activate in times of natural disasters,...
Panel decides to pay additional damages to long-term Fukushima...
An evacuee from the town of Hirono in Fukushima Prefecture, whose home was washed away by the March 2011 tsunami, walks through the temporary housing complex where she now lives in the city of Iwaki, of the same prefecture, on Nov. 11. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government panel responsible for deciding compensation levels for the victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster said Nov. 22 that people who face prolonged evacuation from...
Rakuten cheerleader keeps disaster victims in her thoughts
Sawayaka Nagai cheers on the Rakuten Eagles at Kleenex Stadium Miyagi in Sendai. (Provided by Rakuten Baseball Inc.)
As she celebrated the Rakuten Eagles’ first Pacific League baseball title on Sept. 26, team cheerleader Sawayaka Nagai thought of the devastated Tohoku region's long struggle ...
Trial fishing operations restart off Fukushima coast
Fishermen from the Soma-Futaba fisheries cooperative association check their first catch in three months on Sept. 25. (Masakazu Honda)
SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Fishermen in this northeastern city resumed trial operations on Sept. 25 for the first time in three months, despite little hope of ever capturing...
Underwater robot developed for work at Fukushima nuclear plant
Stairs pose no problems for Sakura No. 2 at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, on Sept. 25. (Takeshi Owada)
A robot capable of operating underwater and lifting heavy objects is expected to work in areas of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant that are still too dangerous for humans to...
Aichi art festival examines a 'shaky Earth'
Alfredo Jaar's installation "Umashimenkana" (We shall bring forth new life) on display at the Nagoya City Art Museum at the Aichi Triennale (Masahiro Takahashi)
NAGOYA--At the Aichi Triennale 2013, renowned contemporary artists look at the unpredictable nature of our world and society through works that reference the Great East Japan...
Fukushima fishermen to resume test operations by month's end
Fishermen prepare for resuming test fishing operations at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture on Sept. 9. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A local fishermen’s association in Fukushima Prefecture decided at a Sept. 12 meeting to resume test fishing operations off the prefecture by the end of this month, after...