Great East Japan Earthquake

Anguish of tsunami-stricken family: Don't call off search...
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Just one last time, that's all Chikara Yoshida is asking for as he seeks closure over his son's disappearance in the 2011 earthquake and...
From mayor to scrivener, the man who won't stop serving...
Yutaka Ikarigawa in front of his office as an administrative scrivener in the tsunami-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, where he previously served as mayor (Yusuke Hoshino)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--As mayor here, Yutaka Ikarigawa led rebuilding efforts after the 2011 tsunami disaster, and following electoral defeat he will continue the task by...
INSIGHT: Ballet schools in disaster areas help young dancers...
Dorothee Gilbert, an etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, gives a lesson at the Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School in Fukushima in July 2014. (Toshihide Ueda)
A ballet, just like an opera, fills me with what I call “motivation for life.”
Seaside community washed away by tsunami to house memorial park
A cenotaph in the Yuriage district in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, which honors the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, is seen on Jan. 18 from nearby Hiyoriyama mountain. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
NATORI, Miyagi Prefecture--A coastal area here that was wiped out by the tsunami spawned by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake will be reborn as a memorial park to those who...
Taxi drivers report 'ghost passengers' in area devastated in 2011...
Yuka Kudo, 22, a senior at Tohoku Gakuin University, discusses her graduation thesis in Sendai on Dec. 28. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
SENDAI--In early summer 2011, a taxi driver working in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, which had been devastated by the tsunami a few months earlier, had a mysterious encounter.
EDITORIAL: Disaster plans should ease way to receive outside help
Fires rage in Kobe about five hours after the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck on Jan. 17, 1995. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Responding to natural disasters is often likened to playing jazz.
Collection of anime shorts to mark 5th anniversary of Fukushima...
A still from an episode set in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi (Provided by Fukushima Gainax Co.)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--The studio that produced the famed Evangelion TV anime series is working on an omnibus of shorts that depicts the recovery and struggles that...
Coastal areas of tsunami-ravaged prefecture still hurt by drop in...
Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture was devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake. This photo was taken on March 12, 2011, a day after the disaster. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--Tsunami-stricken coastal areas of Miyagi Prefecture registered significant population declines, but the overall number of residents dropped only slightly due to an...
Fukushima town holds first Coming-of-Age Day ceremony since...
Participants pose Jan. 10 during a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony held in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, for the first time following the 2011 disaster. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--Seventy-three young people marked their entry into adulthood Jan. 10 in the first such ceremony held in their hometown here since the 2011 nuclear ...
Tokyo entrepreneurs boost traditional industries in disaster-hit...
Yosuke Kajiya, at his outlet selling domestically produced guitars in Sendai’s Aoba Ward, tests a prototype guitar produced in a plant in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
In what is sweet music to those in Tohoku, young entrepreneurs who came from Tokyo are collaborating with disaster victims to help revitalize this hard-hit northeastern region.
Struggling Fukushima fishermen hold 1st New Year's ceremony in 5...
Boats take off from Hisanohama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to pray for a safe and plentiful harvest in a New Year’s ceremony on Jan. 8. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Fishermen held a traditional New Year’s ceremony here on Jan. 8 for the first time since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster killed ...
Pasona seeks popular SNS users abroad to bring tourists to Tohoku
A guide from a Hong Kong travel agency show tourists Aizuwakamatsu Castle in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, in November 2015. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To revive tourism in the disaster-hit Tohoku region, human resources giant Pasona Group Inc. will offer free trips to foreign “stars” on social networking services to help...
Temporary housing in Tohoku to get new life after evacuees move out
Temporary housing for evacuees of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prefabricated temporary housing for disaster evacuees in Miyagi Prefecture will find new uses as a warehouse and nursing facilities after residents vacate them.
Emperor prays at New Year's for peace, reconstruction of affected...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers from the Imperial Palace veranda in central Tokyo on Jan. 2 as they receive New Year's greetings from them. (Takuya Isayama)
Emperor Akihito prayed for peace of his nation and the reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in his annual New Year’s statement...
A toast to Iwate winemaker who overcame 2011 tsunami to produce a...
Akihiro Kumagai checks wine grapes ahead of the fermentation process at his vineyard in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Satsuki Fujita)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Seemingly against all odds, Akihiro Kumagai's vineyard is producing wine.
INSIGHT: Communities displaced by 2011 disaster deprived of rights ...
Keizo Oguro, traveling from Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, explains the town's situation at an intersection in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Nov. 9 during the mayoral election campaign. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In the lead-up to the fifth winter since the 2011 disasters, a man from Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, was speaking into a microphone at the side of Hachiko, the iconic statue of ...
Seedling from lone pine that survived 2011 tsunami headed to Izumo ...
Yoshihiro Oyama takes care of “Kenage,” a seedling from the "miracle" pine tree, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on Oct. 14. (Hiromu Imabayashi)
A seedling from the "miracle" pine tree in Iwate Prefecture that survived the 2011 tsunami will be planted at Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Shimane Prefecture in March 2016, the ...
Coastal Iwate suffers population loss of 8% following 2011 disaster
Debris fills the downtown area of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, a day after it was engulfed by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MORIOKA, Iwate Prefecture--Coastal regions of the prefecture that suffered major damage in the 2011 tsunami have experienced a population decline of 8.3 percent, according to...
Restoring memories: Volunteers return thousands of photos to...
The digitally restored photo of Kumi Hoshi's son and her niece. Isao Matsumura, a volunteer in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, worked on the photo using image editing software. (Provided by Kumi Hoshi)
KOBE--It's a typical family photo, sentimental but nothing to rave about ordinarily, that was assumed lost forever in the devastation in northeastern Japan caused by the 2011...
VOX POPULI: Daibutsu-sized baseball glove for big dreamers
Young ballplayers stitch the glove for the Great Buddha on Aug. 31 at Todaiji temple in Nara Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The website of Todaiji temple in Nara outlines the site's early history.