Fukushima Prefecture

JR East begins dismantling deserted railway station near Fukushima ...
Workers prepare to dismantle a bridge connecting platforms at JR Tomioka Station in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 26. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--Workers have begun tearing down structures at a train station here that was devastated in the deadly tsunami of 2011, citing the danger of...
Obesity a growing problem among children in Fukushima
Children play in a facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 10, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fears that playing outdoors will risk radiation exposure, and other lifestyle changes brought on by the 2011 nuclear crisis, are being blamed for a rise in obesity among...
Local train service to offer tea and cakes as part of the ride
Inside the FruiTea, where passengers can enjoy cakes and tarts along with drinks. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
A local two-car train will offer a "cafe on rails" as part of efforts to promote nuclear-stricken Fukushima Prefecture.
Idol group Baby Tiara offers support to orphaned children from...
Baby Tiara members Noa Hinata, center, Jurika Takeda, left, Yuzuki Minato, right, and Konon Mizuki, which are all their stage names, perform during a concert in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in October. A fifth member, Haru Kusunoki, was unable to participate in the performance. (Kazuhiro Sekine)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Jumping on the nationwide bandwagon of local all-girl idol groups, five junior and senior high school students here have formed a pop group to...
Fukushima gathering objects to remember 2011 quake, tsunami,...
Parents of missing police officer Yuta Sato visit a destroyed patrol car left behind in the Hotokehama district of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 8. (Yasuo Kojima)
FUKUSHIMA--Although the top is completely gone and the rest of the vehicle a rusting hulk, a police car that helped save lives from the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan...
Work begins in Fukushima to demolish ships stranded by 2011 tsunami
A crane removes structures from the deck of a fishing boat in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 21. The vessel was wrecked and washed inland by the tsunami generated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NAMIE, Fukushima Prefecture--Work got under way here on Nov. 21 to demolish and remove ships that were wrecked and swept inland by the tsunami generated by the March 2011 Great ...
Tsunami survivors revive rice planting dance in Fukushima
A preservation group performs the Taueodori dance at Kibunejinja shrine in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 15. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A group here performed a traditional local dance on its home ground on Nov. 15 for the first time since the 2011 tsunami killed 30 percent of ...
Dates set for sequel on Fukushima community ripped apart by...
A scene from Atsushi Funahashi's "Nuclear Nation II" ((c) 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
“Nuclear Nation II,” a sequel to Atsushi Funahashi documentary that showed the world how the Fukushima nuclear disaster destroyed a local community, will hit theaters in...
ASAHI POLL: 27% of Fukushima voters want immediate end to nuclear...
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, for evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Twenty-seven percent of voters in Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, want Japan to immediately abolish nuclear energy, around double the...
SURVEY: Iwaki residents harbor mixed emotions toward Fukushima...
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, accommodates evacuees from Naraha, a town that hosts the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--The majority of residents in this city, which has taken in a large outpouring of the evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, feel sympathy...
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 ...
LDP headquarters reluctantly backing Nakaima in Okinawa election
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Trapped in a corner, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to back Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima in his re-election bid this autumn, even though the party does not like ...
Marubeni launches hydropower project in Fukushima Prefecture
Marubeni Corp. has started construction of a small hydropower plant in the Minami-Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, the first such project in the prefecture since the March...
Chastened Ishihara apologizes to Fukushima mayors, governor for...
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, left center, bows deeply in apology to Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe, second from right, in a meeting in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 23. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Embattled Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara visited Fukushima Prefecture on June 23 to personally apologize for suggesting last week that buying off locals will pave 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.
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (10): Emperor...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a factory of Kikuchi Seisakusho Co. in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture. (Pool)
Editor's note: This is the final part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great East ...
Environment minister suggests Fukushima residents can be bought
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara explains his comment about money at a June 17 news conference. (Teru Okumura)
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara apologized on June 17 for suggesting that payments to residents in Fukushima Prefecture would resolve the problem of selecting a site to...
Fukushima governor wants Olympic torch runners to see recovery
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, right, poses with Yoshiro Mori, head of 2020 Olympic organizing committee, after signing a joint statement at the office of the Fukushima prefectural government June 17. (Keisuke Sato/ The Asahi Shimbun)
FUKUSHIMA--The governor of Fukushima said June 17 that he wants the Olympic torch relay to come to the prefecture ahead of the 2020 Tokyo games so the world can see how far the ...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (9): Imperial...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive at Fukushima Airport on May 11, 2011. (Pool)
Editor's note: This is the ninth part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great East ...
State to lift evacuation order for Fukushima town next spring
A train takes a test run on the JR Joban Line in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 29. Bags containing radioactive soil can be seen along the railway. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The government plans to lift the mandatory evacuation order for Naraha, allowing residents to return to the town hit hard by the Fukushima nuclear disaster as early as spring...