Great East Japan Earthquake

Foreign envoys sample Fukushima delicacies to promote exports
Four ambassadors--from left, New Zealand's Mark Sinclair, Britain's Tim Hitchens, Canada's Mackenzie Clugston and Australia's Bruce Miller--sample Fukushima delicacies at the Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan Midette in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Jan. 27. (Keiichiro Inoue)
Ambassadors of four Commonwealth nations tucked into rice balls and other tasty morsels from Fukushima at an event in Tokyo to show support for food from the disaster-stricken...
It's party time in once-devastated Ofunato Bay as 'yakatabune'...
People eat dishes in a test cruise of the ‘yakatabune’ boat in Ofunato Bay on Jan. 13. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--As a fun and lively symbol of recovery, a traditional "yakatabune" roofed party boat will soon set sail around Ofunato Bay, which was devastated by...
'Evangelion' producer to open anime studio, museum in rural...
Gainax Co. President Hiroyuki Yamaga, far right, Gainax Fukushima President Yoshinori Asao, center right, and Miharu Mayor Yoshinori Suzuki, center left, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 19 at the signing ceremony to establish a new anime studio in the area (Naoyuki Takahashi)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Gainax Co., the anime company best known for the hit series "Evangelion," is setting up a studio in Miharu to help draw people back to this...
British writer will never forget surviving the Great Hanshin...
Jan. 17 marks exactly 20 years since the Kobe earthquake (aka Great Hanshin Earthquake), at the time the most devastating earthquake to have occurred in Japan since the Great...
Bereaved families to decide fate of tsunami-gutted school building
The shell of the main building of Okawa Elementary School remains as the day when it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Shunichi Kawabata)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Nearly four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, discussion of the fate of a damaged school building that was engulfed by the tsunami...
Victims of 2011 disaster mark 20 year anniversary of deadly Kobe...
Participants at a Jan. 17 event in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, light 1,000 candles to honor those who died on the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Tohoku region communities devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami held memorial events Jan. 17 for victims of another disaster, the Great Hanshin Earthquake that struck...
EDITORIAL: Enhanced vigilance against natural disasters cannot be...
Elementary school children and their parents take part in a firefighting drill in the playground of a local school in Kobe's Tarumi Ward in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Great Hanshin Earthquake struck on this day 20 years ago, claiming 6,434 lives in Kobe and surrounding areas.
VOX POPULI: On earthquake milestone, let us not forget those who...
A bouquet and a doll placed by well-wishers in a residential area devastated by a landslide in Hiroshima's Asa-Minami Ward last August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
"Laid gently on the rubble/ The flower grieves." This is the poem "Kuyashii" (Grieving) in its entirety by Toshikazu Yasumizu, 83, a Kobe native who survived the Great Hanshin...
Learning materials created for children born after 1995 Kobe...
"Mirai e Tsunagu: Kobe Kizuna, Inochi, Omoi" (Connect to the future: Kobe bonds, life and thoughts), a pamphlet produced by the Kobe municipal board of education
The Kobe municipal board of education produced a pamphlet to ensure that knowledge of the devastating 1995 earthquake and efforts that pulled the city out of ruins will be...
Overturned phone booth used to 'contact' tsunami victims to be...
Itaru Sasaki surveys the damage to his "Kaze no Denwa Box" in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on Jan. 8. (Masataka Yamaura)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--A nonworking telephone booth used by grieving family members after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami is set to undergo repairs after it was...
Gutted structure to be preserved as reminder of tsunami devastation
The disaster-management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, in November 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--The shell of a municipal building that stands as a symbol of the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami disaster is to be taken over by the Miyagi prefectural...
Niigata governor scolds TEPCO president, rejects reactor restarts
Officials of Nuclear Regulation Authority inspect equipment at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Dec. 12. (pool)
NIIGATA--Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida on Jan. 6 remained adamantly opposed to restarting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant and chided the president of the plant...
EDITORIAL: Consensus-building process needed for nuclear policy...
Protesters in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Nov. 7 oppose the restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nearly four years have passed since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
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...
Tohoku railway to absorb tsunami-hit line in bid to reinvigorate...
Rail track remains disconnected at Namiita Kaigan Station in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on the JR Yamada Line as of Dec. 19. (Shiori Tabuchi)
MORIOKA--A scenic section of a JR line that hugs the Sanriku coastline and was all but torn apart in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami will be transferred to a local railway,...
POINT OF VIEW/ Arata Hirakawa: Saving historical documents helps...
Arata Hirakawa checks repairs to historical documents at Tohoku University in Sendai. (Satoshi Kimura)
SENDAI--The tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, swept away manuscripts and paintings that served as testaments to the histories of regional...
BASEBALL/ Matsui to team up with Jeter for charity in Japan
Hideki Matsui and former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter during Matsui's retirement ceremony in New York on July 28, 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hideki Matsui will team up with former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter to hold a baseball charity event in support children affected by the 2011 Great East Japan...
Court orders ministry to identify municipalities in survey on...
Debris and rubble from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are transferred to a school playground in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--The Osaka District Court ordered the Environment Ministry to reveal the names of local governments that agreed to accept or considered accepting debris from the 2011...
Elderly woman's death linked to 2011 disaster, court rules
Search efforts continue in Sendai on April 9, 2011, almost a month after the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the city. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--A district court here ordered the city government to retract its earlier decision not to pay special condolence money to the family of an 85-year-old woman who died...
OLYMPICS/ Tokyo governor reluctant to hold 2020 Games events...
The Olympic caldron at National Stadium in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward is ablaze for the 1964 Summer Games. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although the International Olympic Committee has given host cities the green light to hold some Olympic competitions even in other nations, Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe is not ...