Recovery

Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan ...
A photo provided by Reiko Sekiguchi shows people eating “nabe” (hot pot) dishes together at a workplace on March 11, 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. (Provided by 20 Seiki Archive Sendai)
SENDAI--In the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, many people snapped photos of their makeshift meals, as food became a precious and...
Photographer, designer help publish poems by Otsuchi woman penned...
Yutaka Matsubara, right, and Junji Hashimoto speak during an interview in Tsu, Mie Prefecture. (Sotaro Hata)
TSU, Mie Prefecture--When a photographer and a designer made frequent visits to Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, which was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in...
Tsunami-stricken town harvests rice for first time in 4 years
Farmers harvest rice in the Otomo district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, for the first time in four years on Sept. 20. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--As the Tohoku region enters harvest season, rice is being gathered here for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Impact Journalism Day: Briton relies on kindness of strangers to...
Daniel Olsson smiles in relief after reaching Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido, on July 8 in a cycling tour to raise funds for the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster. (Ryosuke Ishibashi)
A British man who cycled the breadth of Japan to raise funds for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster found himself on the receiving end of charity from those...
Kids harvest 'miracle' rice grown from stalks that survived 3/11...
Fifth-graders from a local elementary school harvest "miracle rice" in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 14. (Mayumi Ueda)
TONDABAYASHI, Osaka Prefecture--A "miracle" rice crop grown from a handful of seeds that survived the devastating 2011 tsunami were harvested on Sept. 14, a sign of hope and...
Gigantic belt brings mud to raise ground of tsunami-hit city
The three-kilometer-long conveyor set up in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture (Shinichi Iizuka)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--An industrial-scale conveyor belt stretching three kilometers is transporting thousands of tons of clay from a mountainside to the lowland of...
Young people launch website featuring gift items from 3/11...
Yuichi Tomohiro, who founded the TOHOK online gift shop featuring traditional small brooms and other items from the region impacted by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, right, and a staffer of the outlet (Nami Hamada)
After the Great East Japan Earthquake ravaged the Tohoku region, Yuichi Tomohiro immediately headed to Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, as a volunteer worker.
89,000 still living in temporary housing in Tohoku disaster area
In the Asuto-Nagamachi temporary housing complex in Sendai, 332 evacuees live in 183 housing units. (Yosuke Fukudome)
More than 89,000 evacuees are still living in prefabricated temporary housing in northeastern Japan three and a half years after the 3/11 disaster.
Salmon still affected by 3/11 disaster, dealing blow to Tohoku...
Salmon being harvested in Hokkaido (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The salmon run in northeastern Japan this autumn will likely plummet by 40 percent compared with last year due to damage to hatcheries caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami ...
Origami project takes off, thanks in part to a former first lady
Noriko Sato, right, folds an origami crane in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 31. (Masakazu Higashino)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--A project to sell novel paper cranes lovingly created by a trio of women living as evacuees after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster has...
JR East enters tomato-growing business to help rebuild Fukushima
Agricultural co-op Tomato Land Iwaki grows vegetables in a plant in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) and an agricultural co-op on Sept. 4 set up a joint company to produce tomatoes and help revitalize the area...
Fukushima student gets her wish by planting sakura tree of hope in ...
Rina Matsumoto, a high school student from Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, plants a cherry blossom tree at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development headquarters in Paris on Sept. 2. (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--A high school girl from Fukushima Prefecture who was forced to evacuate due to the nuclear crisis planted a sakura cherry tree in the French capital as a symbol of hope...
U.S. aid volunteer becomes tsunami disaster-zone ambassador to the ...
Angela Ortiz (Photo by Hideyuki Miura)
In Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, the town's first non-Japanese reconstruction support ambassador is trying to send a message out to the world that assistance is still...
SURVEY: More than 500 agricultural dams at risk in major earthquake
A resident of Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, stands near the site of his former residence, which was washed away in the failure of the Fujinuma dam in the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. His new house is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
At least 510 dams and irrigation ponds for agricultural use have poor quake resistance strength, according to a nationwide survey by local governments.
Moved by 'incredible love story,' French composer writes song for...
Yasuo Takamatsu e-mailed this five-year-old photo of himself and his wife, Yuko, to French composer Sylvain Guinet. (Provided by Yasuo Takamatsu)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--When Yasuo Takamatsu is overwhelmed by guilt, he listens to a piano solo to experience the feeling that he is talking to the beloved wife he lost...
Singapore a springboard to expand 1st rice exports from Fukushima...
A farmer harvests rice in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Rice grown in Fukushima Prefecture will be exported in late August for the first time since the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Second group of Fukushima residents given OK to return home in...
The Asahi Shimbun
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--Some residents of this village who lived within the 20-kilometer restricted zone surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were told...
Residents light fires for the dead in Bon festival in...
Children roast manju buns over a fire during the Bon festival for the dead at the site where their grandparents formerly operated an inn in the Yuriage district in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on Aug. 16. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NATORI, Miyagi Prefecture--Circles of people formed one after another around buckets of flames that illuminated the city’s desolate Yuriage district after dusk on Aug. 16 in...
Tapestries created from disaster-damaged kimono near 1,000 mark
Eriko Shiomi, a music producer in Tokyo's Tachikawa, holds a tapestry created from kimono damaged in the 2011 Tohoku disaster. (Aya Shioiri)
A project to create 1,000 tapestries from kimono damaged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is near completion, with 130 more pieces to go.
INTERVIEW: Anthropologist says Tohoku region must gain...
Norio Akasaka, a Gakushuin University professor and director of Fukushima Museum, describes the Tohoku region during a interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Hiroki Nishida)
After seeing the rebuilding efforts for the devastation wrought by the triple disaster in March 2011, anthropologist Norio Akasaka said he wondered if the Tohoku region would...