Great East Japan Earthquake

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...
Survey: Quake-resistance work done on 11% of buildings deemed weak
The first floor of this apartment building in Kobe collapsed in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Reinforcement work has been conducted on only 11 percent of apartment and condominium buildings judged to have insufficient earthquake-resistance strength in Tokyo and other...
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.
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 ...
Tsunami-destroyed neighborhoods returning in 3-D worlds
A 3-D virtual panoramic view of Iwanuma's Ninokura and Hasegama areas (Provided by Akinobu Murakami)
Memories of communities lost to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are being brought back to life through the magic of 3-D imagery.
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...
Tohoku teenager recounts harrowing ordeal in 2011 tsunami for...
Ryoka Endo, a third-year high school student from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, discusses her experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami during a cultural festival in Paris on Aug. 30. (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--A 17-year-old girl from the Tohoku region who barely survived the devastating quake and tsunami of 2011 shared her experience with audiences here on Aug. 30 in the...
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.
More than 10,000 students affected by 2011 disasters still in...
Elementary school students in Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three years after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, more than 11,000 students from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures are...
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 ...
Giant watercolor captures devastation of Fukushima nuclear disaster
Hiroshige Kagawa's watercolor of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on display at Sendai Mediatheque (Mayu Horie)
SENDAI--A giant image of a destroyed reactor building in a nuclear wasteland is drawing crowds at the Sendai Mediatheque cultural hall in Aoba Ward here.
Grieving mother learns of son's giving nature in aftermath of 3/11
Takeko Suzuki prays in front of the photo of her son Kentaro in Fukushima on Aug. 11. She does so twice every day--in the morning and before going to bed at night. (Yosuke Fukudome)
FUKUSHIMA--Before the Buddhist altar in the living room of her home at a temporary housing facility here, Takeko Suzuki prayed for the spirit of her eldest son, Kentaro. His...
PHOTO: Sendai ablaze in color as famed festival begins
Colorful “fukinagashi” streamers adorn the city of Sendai during the Sendai Tanabata Festival on Aug. 6. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
SENDAI--The quake-hit downtown area of this northeastern city turned into a rainbow paradise as the annual Sendai Festival kicked off Aug. 6.
PHOTO: Joyous parade opens Morioka's Sansa dance festival
Drummers march through the streets of downtown Morioka in the Sansa Odori dance festival Aug. 1. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MORIOKA--Dancers and drummers decked out in vibrant costumes marked the beginning of the Sansa Odori dance festival as they marched along the downtown streets here Aug. 1.
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.