Recovery

PHOTO: Bittersweet goodbyes for seniors at school destroyed in...
Memorial pictures and messages are projected on an exterior wall of the makeshift gymnasium of Kesennuma Koyo High School during a special event to see off departing senior students on Feb. 8. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Students at Kesennuma Koyo High School here are saying goodbye to the temporary facilities where they spent their entire high school years after...
From mayor to scrivener, the man who won't stop serving...
Yutaka Ikarigawa in front of his office as an administrative scrivener in the tsunami-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, where he previously served as mayor (Yusuke Hoshino)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--As mayor here, Yutaka Ikarigawa led rebuilding efforts after the 2011 tsunami disaster, and following electoral defeat he will continue the task by...
Students aim to revive beef farming in Fukushima village hit by...
Sota Sato in the beef cattle barn that used to be operated by Masao Kobayashi in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in December 2015 (Sayuri Ide)
When Sota Sato sought a way to help rebuild his hometown of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, still evacuated from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, he discovered a...
Seaside community washed away by tsunami to house memorial park
A cenotaph in the Yuriage district in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, which honors the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, is seen on Jan. 18 from nearby Hiyoriyama mountain. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
NATORI, Miyagi Prefecture--A coastal area here that was wiped out by the tsunami spawned by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake will be reborn as a memorial park to those who...
Fukushima governor pushes sake in Davos to eradicate safety...
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori introduces premium sake from his prefecture at the Japan Night promotion event held on the sidelines of the Davos forum in Switzerland on Jan. 21. (Ichiro Matsuo)
DAVOS, Switzerland--Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori pitched sake on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Jan. 21 to prove the safety and quality of his prefecture’s ...
Repentant ex-TEPCO exec helps Fukushima with new tomato farm
Employees tend to tomato seedlings at a computerized farm that opened in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 20. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executive who feels guilt over the 2011 nuclear disaster is behind the start-up of a tomato farm which...
Paving companies raided in 3/11 reconstruction collusion case
Investigators enter the headquarters of Nippon Road Co. on Jan. 20. (Takuya Isayama)
Investigators raided the offices of major paving companies on Jan. 20 in connection with a massive collusion case related to reconstruction after the 2011 Great East Japan...
Kobe 'antenna shop' enterprise will help disaster victims across...
Cho Hong-ri, who proposed a plan to open the Maru-Go Marche "antenna shop" in Kobe to sell items from disaster-affected regions across Japan, poses in front of the outlet. (Daiki Ishizuka)
KOBE--An “antenna shop” to help disaster victims and revitalize a market in an area that was heavily damaged in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake will open here on the 21st ...
Collection of anime shorts to mark 5th anniversary of Fukushima...
A still from an episode set in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi (Provided by Fukushima Gainax Co.)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--The studio that produced the famed Evangelion TV anime series is working on an omnibus of shorts that depicts the recovery and struggles that...
Fukushima town holds first Coming-of-Age Day ceremony since...
Participants pose Jan. 10 during a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony held in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, for the first time following the 2011 disaster. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--Seventy-three young people marked their entry into adulthood Jan. 10 in the first such ceremony held in their hometown here since the 2011 nuclear ...
Tokyo entrepreneurs boost traditional industries in disaster-hit...
Yosuke Kajiya, at his outlet selling domestically produced guitars in Sendai’s Aoba Ward, tests a prototype guitar produced in a plant in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
In what is sweet music to those in Tohoku, young entrepreneurs who came from Tokyo are collaborating with disaster victims to help revitalize this hard-hit northeastern region.
Struggling Fukushima fishermen hold 1st New Year's ceremony in 5...
Boats take off from Hisanohama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to pray for a safe and plentiful harvest in a New Year’s ceremony on Jan. 8. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Fishermen held a traditional New Year’s ceremony here on Jan. 8 for the first time since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster killed ...
NUCLEAR CONNECTION: Nagasaki festival to feature float using wood...
Keizo Imura shows hinoki cypress boards shipped from the Fukushima village of Kawauchi in Nagasaki. (Shoko Rikimaru)
NAGASAKI--To offer encouragement to a Fukushima community displaced by the nuclear crisis, the famed Nagasaki Kunchi autumn festival here will use wood from the hard-hit...
A toast to Iwate winemaker who overcame 2011 tsunami to produce a...
Akihiro Kumagai checks wine grapes ahead of the fermentation process at his vineyard in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Satsuki Fujita)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Seemingly against all odds, Akihiro Kumagai's vineyard is producing wine.
Seedling from lone pine that survived 2011 tsunami headed to Izumo ...
Yoshihiro Oyama takes care of “Kenage,” a seedling from the "miracle" pine tree, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on Oct. 14. (Hiromu Imabayashi)
A seedling from the "miracle" pine tree in Iwate Prefecture that survived the 2011 tsunami will be planted at Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Shimane Prefecture in March 2016, the ...
Sea squirt farm in Miyagi producing local delicacy in recovery...
Sea squirts grow on underwater ledges off the coast of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 29. (Takuya Isayama)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--A large cluster of ascidians, commonly known as sea squirts, are thriving on a new underwater farm off the coast here as the industry is making a...
Restoring memories: Volunteers return thousands of photos to...
The digitally restored photo of Kumi Hoshi's son and her niece. Isao Matsumura, a volunteer in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, worked on the photo using image editing software. (Provided by Kumi Hoshi)
KOBE--It's a typical family photo, sentimental but nothing to rave about ordinarily, that was assumed lost forever in the devastation in northeastern Japan caused by the 2011...
PHOTO: Put me in coach--Nara's Great Buddha gets a baseball mitt
Children from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, present their giant baseball glove to the Great Buddha statue on Dec. 26 in Nara. (Eijiro Morii)
NARA--A giant baseball glove stitched together by 2,000 children from across the earthquake-devastated Tohoku region and elsewhere was donated to the Great Buddha of Nara on...
Sakamoto to bring his youth orchestra from quake areas to Tokyo
Smiling members of the Tohoku Youth Orchestra with Ryuichi Sakamoto at a Fukushima high school on Dec. 23 (Satoru Semba)
FUKUSHIMA--Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's orchestra of 100 young musicians affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster is coming to Tokyo to perform next year.
From ‘sorrow and despair,’ tsunami-hit Miyagi town opens...
A shopping street extending from JR Onagawa Station toward the Pacific Ocean opened on Dec. 23 in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--With its population depleted, this coastal town opened a shopping street on Dec. 23 in hopes of generating a buzz and putting the misery of the 2011 ...