Great East Japan Earthquake

Okazaki's Red Salamander disaster vehicle hopefully not coming to...
The Red Salamander all-terrain vehicle moves through water in a drill. (Provided by the Okazaki city fire defense headquarters)
OKAZAKI, Aichi Prefecture--At the Okazaki city fire defense headquarters here, the Red Salamander is patiently engaged in preparations.
Cauldron lit at 1964 Tokyo Olympics inspires again in battered...
Koji Murofushi lights the Olympic cauldron on June 27 at a park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Sayuri Ide)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--A proud symbol of Japan's revival after World War II is now offering hope to a region still trying to pick itself up from the 2011 Great East...
Prince Fumihito, Princess Kiko to celebrate 25 years of support,...
Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko attend a news conference on Nov. 25, 2014, before Fumihito’s 49th birthday. (Pool)
Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko will celebrate their silver wedding anniversary on June 29, marking 25 years of close ties and expanded activities with the public, including...
'Diva of temporary housing facilities' to perform landmark 400th...
Singer Hikaru Okuno performs at a meeting hall of a temporary housing facility in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on June 9. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Hikaru Okuno may be from distant Osaka Prefecture, but she's about to give her 400th performance for evacuees in the disaster-stricken Tohoku...
Tsunami-stricken Miyako rebuilds by combining disaster education,...
Yuki Matsumoto, president of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, and his mother, Miya. The hotel opened June 1 on a hill in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--In a special room next to the lobby of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, guests can gain a sense of shock, horror and utter helplessness.
In Miyagi, residents now commuting like in pre-disaster times
A train travels the section of track between Tona and Nobiru stations in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Senseki Line, which resumed full operation on May 30. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--After a more than four-year wait, the tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line in Miyagi Prefecture resumed full operation on May 30, and local residents were ...
PHOTO: Purple flowers returning to tsunami-stricken Miyagi beach
Purple sea bell flowers blossom on a 150-meter stretch of Nobiru beach in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on May 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Purple sea bells are making a comeback on Nobiru beach here after the 2011 tsunami wiped out nearly all of the flowering bindweeds.
After spontaneous remark, gifts from Germany lift spirits of...
Nobuyo Tada and her husband, Degenhard von Twickel, watch children play on a swing donated from Germany to an interim elementary school in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 22. (Yoshitaka Ito)
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--Nobuyo Tada beamed at the sights and sounds of disaster-affected pupils swinging on playground equipment here, the result of a...
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Time to relearn the...
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Makoto Kaku)
After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, the university where I was teaching at the time canceled the graduation ceremony that was scheduled for...
Gutted tsunami-hit structure to be preserved as memorial
The tsunami-wrecked disaster management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved as a memorial. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--The skeletal steel frame of a building that stands as a symbol of the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami disaster is to be preserved as a ...
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 ...