Great East Japan Earthquake

Website shares photos, memories of evacuated Fukushima town
A blackboard from Futaba Junior High School contains goodbye messages from graduating students that were written in 2011. (Provided by University of Tsukuba)
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--Once home to more than 6,000 people, the northeastern coastal town of Futaba today remains completely evacuated following the nuclear accident...
TEPCO robot finds Fukushima No. 2 reactor pressure venting system...
The Asahi Shimbun
The venting system designed to release pressure inside the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant likely failed during the 2011...
Filmmaker inspires young voters with movie about man's rise from...
Filmmaker Kiminari Suzuki attends a preview of his film, "NEET Senkyo," in Niigata's Chuo Ward. (Yuri Yamamoto)
NIIGATA--A semi-autobiographical film about a young penniless man with few friends who gets elected to a local city council has created a buzz on the Internet and has popped up ...
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.
Human snail crosses Japan with house on back
Artist Satoshi Murakami sits the entrance to his portable house set up inside Gallery Barco in the Kameari district of Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. (Louis Templado)
Satoshi Murakami tested the hospitality of lots of strangers on his recent pilgrimage across Japan. When he shows up on someone’s doorstep at dusk, instead of asking for a...
Lawson to offer long-term jobs to Fukushima evacuees nationwide
The Asahi Shimbun
Convenience store chain operator Lawson Inc. will be hiring evacuees from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to work at its outlets as well as offer them future employment...
For tsunami-hit town, preserving disaster symbol becoming a taboo...
The skeletal framework of a building that housed the town’s disaster response center is reflected on puddle in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. The building, destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, is at the center of debate over possible preservation. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Every week, a woman prays in front of the rusted skeletal framework of a building that once housed this town’s disaster response center,...
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...
Tsunami-ravaged city releases 10,000 images of disaster,...
Central Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the earthquake and tsunami disaster (Provided by the Great East Japan Earthquake digital archives support center)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--This tsunami-ravaged northeastern city has released 10,500 images online of the destruction caused by the 2011 disaster and subsequent...
Risk probability of major nuclear accident to be cut by half
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry intends to cut the risk probability of a major nuclear accident occurring to once in 80 years, half that of the once-in-40-years rate contrived just after ...
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...
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Post-disaster reconstruction is about...
A coastal levee, 7.2 meters high and 23.2 meters wide, is under construction in Watari, Miyagi Prefecture, to replace an embankment destroyed by the March 2011 tsunami. The government is spending 1 trillion yen to build coastal levees totaling 400 kilometers, mainly in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Communities along the Sanriku coast of the Tohoku region, devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, reportedly remain in plight as they face...
Fukushima residents suing government for lifting evacuation...
A young girl is checked for internal radiation exposure using the Baby Scan device in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in September 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of residents here plan to sue the central government for lifting evacuation advisories near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant,...
VOX POPULI: Quotes from March, a time for reflection and renewed...
Eri Watanabe visits Shichigahama, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 5. The tsunami on March 11, 2011, swept away her grandmother, as well as her home. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The spring weather cheers the heart, but this is also a season for contemplation. Below are some comments made during March, a month that brings to mind many things that should ...
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.
COMMENTARY: Fukushima laments fading memories of nuclear disaster
Construction of an interim storage facility for radioactive soil and other debris starts in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, in February. The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A daily calendar pad on a living room wall in a private home in this northeastern community still showed the fateful date: “March 11, 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...
Radioactive soil finally moved to Futaba site
Workers place bags of contaminated soil trucked to an interim storage facility in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25. (Keisuke Sato)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Environment Ministry has begun transporting radioactive soil to the planned site of an interim storage facility here after years of tough...
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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Jun'ichi Isomae: Time to form solidarity to link...
A monument bearing lines from Kenji Miyazawa's poem "Ame ni mo Makezu" (Unbeaten by rain) stands damaged at Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 29, 2011, two weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, was immediately followed by a legion of photo books, collections of...