Fukushima Prefecture

Determined sake brewer seeks to revive Fukushima with renewable...
Yauemon Sato stands before a bank of solar panels at his company's Oguni power plant in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture. (Rei Kishitsu)
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Yauemon Sato’s determination to forge ahead with his ideas, no matter how unorthodox, has led fellow workers to describe him as “a dump...
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...
HARUTOMO HAGI: Fukushima chef boosts local farmers with unique...
Harutomo Hagi talks to a local farmer about newly harvested cabbage in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Kazuyoshi Sako)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Three months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfurled in March 2011, business came to a standstill at chef Harutomo Hagi’s French restaurant ...
'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...
Meet the 12-year-old Fukushima girl who is braving it alone at...
Teacher Satomi Senzaki comforts Chika Akimoto after the graduation ceremony at Kawauchi Elementary School in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--For the past three years, all Chika Akimoto wanted to do was to hang out with kids of her age at school.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Radiation levels clear decontamination standard...
A radiation monitoring post installed in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture (Yosuke Fukudome)
Aerial radiation levels are lower than the standard requiring decontamination work in 88 percent of about 3,600 areas monitored in Fukushima Prefecture, an Asahi Shimbun survey ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Abe pledges new reconstruction framework by...
Only the foundation of JR Tomioka Station remains after the station building was demolished due to damage from the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Hiroki Ito)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged sharply increased support to revitalize business operations in Fukushima Prefecture, through measures to be decided in May.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Raw voices from Fukushima's aftermath heard in...
Ichie Watanabe speaks to the audience gathered at the "Fukushima no koe wo kiko!" (I'll hear Fukushima's voice) event in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on March 3. (Louis Templado)
Essayist Ichie Watanabe has heard dozens of life stories from people impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear accident that followed, but she has done more than...
Prince William delights nuclear accident-affected children before...
Prince William interacts with local children at the Smile Kids Park facility in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture on Feb. 28. (Pool)
MOTOMIYA, Fukushima Prefecture--Britain's Prince William visited areas in Fukushima Prefecture impacted by the nuclear accident on Feb. 28, drawing renewed attention from the...
Entire Joban Expressway set to open with completion of Fukushima...
A radiation reading on the Joban Expressway shows 5.5 microsieverts per hour on Feb. 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A major artery connecting Tokyo to the coastal Tohoku region will open March 1, with the completion of the final stretch that runs past the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
Trio of approvals in Fukushima seals deal for radioactive soil dump
Bags filled with contaminated soil pile up at a temporary storage site in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture. The bags will be transferred to the interim storage facility straddling Okuma and Futaba. (Eiji Hori)
Ending a prolonged and often contentious process, Fukushima Prefecture and two town governments agreed to host an interim storage facility for contaminated debris from the 2011 ...
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...