Great East Japan Earthquake

Visually impaired struggle with life in post-tsunami towns
Ryo Nakamura and his sister Mimiko Nakamura, both visually impaired, were able to evacuate from their home in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, with the aid of a sighted guide on the morning of July 12. (Masataka Yamaura)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--Visually impaired people in areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster are becoming increasingly reluctant to leave their homes as...
Celebrities offer services, expertise to help launch new Fukushima ...
From left: architect Tadao Ando, astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and retired hurdler Dai Tamesue (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
An astronaut, former Olympians, a renowned international architect and a rising politician are part of the star power that will conduct classes and assist extracurricular...
Study shows muddy seabed off Fukushima coast has higher levels of...
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Concentrations of radioactive cesium on the seafloor after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster were discovered to be higher in muddy depressions than on the rocky seabed,...
'Uitemate' technique that saved lives in 2011 tsunami spreading...
The Asahi Shimbun
A simple technique for surviving while awaiting rescue at sea that saved the lives of teachers and children following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is...
Create cross-border cooperative arrangement for disasters,...
The growing hostility between Japan and its neighbors, China and South Korea, may be temporarily advantageous for each country’s immediate goals, but it will destabilize the...
Ex-Takarazuka heroine finds healing stage in disaster-stricken...
Anji Hino performs a dance during her final stage performance in “Dance Romanesque” in 2011. (C)Takarazuka Revue Co.
OSAKA--Although Anji Hino, a star of the famed all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue, was based in the Kansai region when the Great East Japan Earthquake and...
Otsuchi residents marking 3-year tsunami disaster hit with...
The old town hall building of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, being demolished on June 11 (Kengo Hiyoshi)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--As grieving family members arrived at the devastated town hall here on June 11 to pray for those who died more than three years ago in the tsunami,...
Fishing vessel swept away by tsunami reunited with owner
Kazuo Matsukawa, center, is reunited with his fishing boat Matsukazu Maru in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 30. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
ITOMAN, Okinawa Prefecture--A small fishing boat that was adrift for three years and two months after the March 2011 tsunami is now on display in this town.
SOCIAL BUSINESS: Entrepreneurs think, act locally to change the...
Dentetsu Odajima of Fujino Denryoku (Photo by Shinji Inada)
GOAL: To decrease reliance on oil and build disaster-resistant towns
SOCIAL BUSINESS: NPO helps rebuild quake-hit Tohoku region by...
Naoko Fukao, right, and Takaaki Ando of the Love-Gathering NPO pack wakame seaweed for sale. (Hitoki Nakagawa)
GOAL: Revive fishing industry in Ishinomaki
Court sets precedent by ordering TEPCO to pay provisional...
So-called voluntary evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster call for compensation in October 2011 outside the science ministry ahead of a hearing of the ministry’s Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KYOTO--A court here ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay provisional compensation to a man who took it upon himself to flee Fukushima Prefecture after the nuclear disaster...
'Reconstruction rice' from stalks that survived 2011 tsunami...
Children plant seedlings of "reconstruction rice" in a paddy in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on May 25. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
TONDABAYASHI, Osaka Prefecture--Rice seedlings grown from stalks that survived the 2011 tsunami in northeastern Japan to flourish where a house once stood were sowed in a paddy ...
'Tokyo Girls Collection in Fukushima' brings big smiles to...
Angelica Michibata (Yusaku Kanagawa)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC) 2014 came to Fukushima on April 29 at Big Palette Fukushima convention center, marking the first time that the...
Yokohama employee gets married in ‘2nd hometown’ devastated by ...
Naomi Senga, center, poses for a photo with her husband, Dai Izumi, their family members and local residents in the compound of Shiogama-jinja shrine in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 30. (Provided by the Shiogama city government)
SHIOGAMA, Miyagi Prefecture--When Yokohama city employee Naomi Senga applied for a personnel exchange program, she didn't know the assignment would place her in the middle of...
Survey: 4% of residents follow evacuation instructions during...
Heavy rain forces residents of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, to flee to the gymnasium of the municipal Nomi Elementary School on July 29, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Only 4.2 percent of residents followed government evacuation instructions issued for flooding last year, a disturbingly low ratio caused by ineffective communication, public...
Urbanites head to stricken region to be liaison between officials, ...
Masayoshi Yamaguchi, standing, back left, a member of a group that assists Kamaishi in rebuilding efforts, practices the tiger dance for a traditional festival in the city’s Toni district in Iwate Prefecture on April 20. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--On a recent day, Masayoshi Yamaguchi rehearsed a tiger dance for a traditional festival in a seaside community in this coastal city ravaged by the...
Kamaishi continues selling 3rd anniversary postcards of 3/11...
Three types of special postcards sold in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, to commemorate the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are shown. A world map locating recipients can be seen in the background. (Masataka Yamaura)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--Bowing to popular demand, residents and companies here continue sending postcards commemorating the third anniversary of the Great East Japan...
Tohoku cat, missing since 2011 disaster, reunited with owners
Suika returns to his owners' home in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, after disappearing in March 2011. (Wataru Sekita)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--A cat was reunited with its owners on May 9, more than three years after the pet disappeared and was presumed killed by the 2011 tsunami that...
UPDATE: Tokyo's strongest tremor since Great East Japan Earthquake ...
The strongest earthquake registered in Tokyo since the 2011 Tohoku disaster rocked the nation’s capital early on May 5, injuring 16 people and causing minor disruptions in...
Sekisui, Sendai city design female-friendly temporary toilet
A temporary toilet jointly developed by Sekisui House Ltd. and the Sendai city government (Provided by Sekisui House Ltd.)
Homebuilder Sekisui House Ltd. and the Sendai city government have jointly developed a temporary toilet that women and children can use safely and comfortably, the company said.