Recovery

1st algae-based oil producing facility in Fukushima set up in...
Pools to mass-produce algae by stirring the culture fluid with paddle wheels are seen in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 7. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--An experimental facility to produce oil from algae was constructed on former farmland that was abandoned after the March 2011 Great East...
Led by Greek-born pianist, Fukushima student orchestra set to...
Panos Karan, a Britain-based concert pianist, works with junior high and high school students in Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by Fumiko Tanaka)
When Greek concert pianist Panos Karan performed for evacuees following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, he received a renewed awareness of...
Tsunami-surviving ‘dragon tree’ beheaded, but will roar once...
Local residents bow to the "dragon pine tree," which survived the 2011 disaster, before felling the tree on July 29 in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takeshi Aose)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--The city government here will spend 24 million yen ($194,000) to preserve a tree shaped like a dragon that survived the 2011 tsunami but was...
Minami-Soma deputy mayor makes ‘samurai’ debut in Soma Nomaoi...
Riders compete in the Kacchu-Keiba horse race, one of the main events of the Soma Nomaoi Festival, at the Hibarigaharasaijochi racetrack in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 26. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Decked out in a traditional samurai warrior costume, Minami-Soma Deputy Mayor Tetsuro Eguchi proudly rode on horseback on July 26 as part of...
Tsunami survivors open new town on Miyagi farmland
The town of Tamaura-Nishi is born in Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 19. (Provided by Takeki Izumi, assistant professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University)
IWANUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--They prayed for their lost loved ones, reminisced about their agony and despair and thanked the people who came to their rescue. And then, more than ...
Buckwheat-based imitation beer hits shelves in nuclear...
Imitation beers made from buckwheat (Susumu Okamoto)
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--A tourism association here has turned to booze created with buckwheat, a local specialty, to breathe life back into a village depleted by the...
Cauldron lit at 1964 Tokyo Olympics inspires again in battered...
Koji Murofushi lights the Olympic cauldron on June 27 at a park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Sayuri Ide)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--A proud symbol of Japan's revival after World War II is now offering hope to a region still trying to pick itself up from the 2011 Great East...
'Diva of temporary housing facilities' to perform landmark 400th...
Singer Hikaru Okuno performs at a meeting hall of a temporary housing facility in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on June 9. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Hikaru Okuno may be from distant Osaka Prefecture, but she's about to give her 400th performance for evacuees in the disaster-stricken Tohoku...
Tsunami-stricken Miyako rebuilds by combining disaster education,...
Yuki Matsumoto, president of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, and his mother, Miya. The hotel opened June 1 on a hill in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--In a special room next to the lobby of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, guests can gain a sense of shock, horror and utter helplessness.
In Miyagi, residents now commuting like in pre-disaster times
A train travels the section of track between Tona and Nobiru stations in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Senseki Line, which resumed full operation on May 30. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--After a more than four-year wait, the tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line in Miyagi Prefecture resumed full operation on May 30, and local residents were ...
PHOTO: Purple flowers returning to tsunami-stricken Miyagi beach
Purple sea bell flowers blossom on a 150-meter stretch of Nobiru beach in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on May 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Purple sea bells are making a comeback on Nobiru beach here after the 2011 tsunami wiped out nearly all of the flowering bindweeds.
Fukushima again tops in grand prizes at sake competition
The Asahi Shimbun
Fukushima Prefecture won the most grand prizes at the Annual Japan Sake Awards for the third straight year, lifting the spirits of brewers still struggling with the effects of...
Alaska students study disaster preparedness in Iwate, where...
Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Iwate University visit a reconstruction work site in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on May 9. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--An American affectionately called "Monty Sensei" (Teacher Monty), who died here in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is the inspiration for a...
Fukushima evacuee aims to repay kindness with garden full of sakura
Kinichi Okubo sits in a field full of yellow narcissus flowers in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in April. (Yukiko Seino)
IITATE, Fukushima Prefecture--Kinichi Okubo dreams of the day the garden around his home is filled with mature cherry blossom trees that will flower for generations to come.
Tsunami-hit Miyagi railway to resume full operation
Land development work is under way around a relocated section of the JR Senseki Line in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 21. (Hikaru Uchida)
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--The tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line is gearing up to resume full operations next month after a trial run was held April 21 on a previously...
Juvenile salmon released to keep spawning cycle alive in a...
Kiyomi Igari, left, releases juvenile salmon into the Tomiokagawa river in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 15. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--Although all residents of Tomioka remain evacuated due to the nuclear accident, a local fishermen’s union is ensuring that salmon don't...
Pasona to dispatch interns to help Tohoku recovery
Interns are taught how to wash oysters in an program organized by Pasona Group Inc. in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, in late March. (Provided by Pasona Group Inc.)
Human resources company Pasona Group Inc. will arrange internships for young people seeking hands-on experience in coastal Tohoku areas hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan...
Tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line nearing full operations in Miyagi
Participants at Nobiru Station in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 29 get to walk along the tracks of the JR Senseki Line, which is nearing final repairs for damage caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Around 200 people were allowed to walk along a relocated section of the JR Senseki Line that was heavily damaged by the tsunami in 2011.
'Evangelion' producer hopes anime museum will put world spotlight...
Visitors check out a reproduced anime studio at “Kuso to Art no Museum--Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha” in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 28. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--In a twist for anime fans, the production company of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" is coming to the assistance of a rural area recovering from the...
AKB48 members continue to bring smiles to disaster-hit areas...
AKB48 members perform at a concert in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11, the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Naoko Kawamura)
Four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the number of entertainers visiting the devastated areas is declining.