Great East Japan Earthquake

Manga artist warns of dangers of quake-driven soil liquefaction
A page from "Ashita, Jishin ga Yattekuru!" (An earthquake comes tomorrow!) ((c) Asuka Setoridone/ Kadokawa Enterbrain)
URAYASU, Chiba Prefecture--Artist and writer Asuka Setori was working on a one-shot girls' manga in her apartment at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, when the magnitude-9.0 Great...
Abe administration steers away from nuclear-free policy
Demonstrators gather near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 11 to protest the Cabinet's approval of the new basic energy plan. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Turning a blind eye to the Fukushima crisis and public outcry over the safety of atomic power, the Abe administration has decided not to pursue a nuclear-free society.
HIDEKI TAKAHASHI: Fisherman rebounds from tsunami with Norwegian...
The sea, Hideki Takahashi’s place of work, has swallowed many lives. “But I’m not afraid of the sea,” he says. (Kazuyoshi Sako)
A sudden shower passed, and calm clear weather settled upon the twilight-bathed sea. Hideki Takahashi cut the engine on his boat, the 6-ton Hidekimaru, as it came to rest about ...
Chefs create gourmet canned food to help tsunami-hit cities
Kiyomi Mikuni holds up his creation in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Takashi Kamiguri)
Chefs in Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district have developed “the ultimate canned foods” using ingredients from the disaster-stricken Sanriku region in northeastern Japan.
Ninja master: Essence of 'ninjutsu' still relevant today
Hiroshi Jinkawa, back, who operates a “ninjutsu” program, performs a sword-fighting exercise in a tatami room of a traditional house in Akiruno in western Tokyo on March 25. (Motooki Hayasaka)
A man wearing a dark outfit as stealthily as the night performs an incantation in a candle-lit room to expel evil spirits at the start of a program.
Elementary school welcomes back students after lifting of...
Students at Furumichi Elementary School in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, are welcomed by many local residents on April 7 at their entrance ceremony. (Yosuke Fukudome)
TAMURA, Fukushima Prefecture--Days after an evacuation order was lifted for the first time around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, students attended the...
Beloved Sanriku Railway making full comeback, despite fears for...
The first train in the morning on Sanriku Railway Co.’s South Rias Line leaves Kamaishi Station in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 5. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--A local railway operator here that won the hearts and minds of the nation with its tireless efforts to rebound from the earthquake and tsunami...
Survivors of 2011 disaster race to flee as tsunami arrives from...
This woman, taking shelter at a municipal health and welfare center in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 3, said she woke her son, lying asleep on the sofa, immediately after a tsunami advisory was issued. (Masataka Yamaura)
Tsunami generated by the magnitide-8.2 earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Chile on April 1 took nearly a full day to cross the Pacific Ocean.
ANIME NEWS: Director Goda, British band Sade collaborate in short...
“By Your Side” ((c) Team By Your Side/ dwarf)
“By Your Side,” a stop-motion animation short film directed by Tsuneo Goda and featuring music by British band Sade, has been available for streaming since March 11, the...
Transport ministry: Tokyo quake would strand 1.8 million commuters
Stranded passengers fill the roads and square in front of Tokyo's Shinjuku Station in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A huge morning earthquake striking directly beneath the Tokyo metropolitan area would strand about 1.8 million railway commuters and force 45 flights to divert their landings...
Artist, folklorist use power of art to tackle issues in post-quake ...
Participants of the "Futo no Ie" (house of envelope) workshop, held in August 2013 on the sidelines of the Yappeshi Festival,  draw illustrations on envelopes and exchange works. A special edition of the festival was also held at the "Making is Living" exhibition in Tokyo. (Provided by artist Emiko Tsutsumi)
An artist and a folklorist are taking different approaches but with the same goal of using art to deal with social issues left in the aftermath of the Tohoku disaster three...
Horyuji treasures go on the road to pray for reconstruction
Statues of Kichijo-ten, left, and Bishamon-ten owned by Horyuji temple (The photo of Kichijo-ten was taken by Kinji Morimoto and provided by Nara National Museum)
To pray for recovery from the 2011 disaster, a major exhibition of Horyuji temple treasures will be held in Tokyo from April 26 through June 22 for the first time in 20 years...
Demonstrators turn out in force in Kagoshima to oppose Sendai...
An estimated 6,000 demonstrators rallied in Kagoshima city on March 16 to protest the potential restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
KAGOSHIMA--An estimated 6,000 anti-nuclear activists rallied on March 16 here to protest the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s decision to short-list reactors at the Sendai...
IHI unveils tsunami-proof 'Noah's Ark' for those unable to flee
The exterior of a tsunami lifeboat developed by IHI Corp. (Takumi Fujii)
AIOI, Hyogo Prefecture--Shipbuilder IHI Corp. has unveiled an unsinkable lifeboat for people unable to reach safe high ground in the event of a tsunami and for those physically ...
Fukushima evacuees offer cautionary tale against reactor restarts
Demonstrators who oppose the government’s decision to place reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on the shortlist for safety screenings ahead of their possible restart gather in front of a building that houses Nuclear Regulation Authority offices in Tokyo on March 13. (Katsuhei Kawamura)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Fukushima evacuees say they are concerned over what they see is a rapid shift away from the public’s anti-nuclear sentiment as two...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Tohoku women express inner feelings at 3/11...
“Time stands still” taken by Junko Yoshida, a resident of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, in August 2013. The caption says, “More than two years have passed since the disaster, but the time in my mind is still 2:46 p.m. of that day. Although the world is changing, my thoughts are still there. Please do not let me be alone. Don’t forget me.”
Women who survived the 2011 disaster in the Tohoku region are holding a photo exhibition in Tokyo that has enabled them to pour out their emotions.
Fisheries wiped out by 2011 tsunami seek ways to revive struggling ...
Hiromitu Ito, 53, left, shovels oysters as Yuki Miura, 23, works on a rope on March 7 after harvesting oysters from one of their oyster farms three years after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Ogatsu town, Miyagi Prefecture. (AP Photo)
When the tsunami smashed the seafood processing factory where Shoichi Sato was working, he lost his job but eventually found a new life. Three years later, Sato is among the...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Majority of Japan's nuclear reactors face bleak ...
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors, shown in the background, at the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture started operations more than 40 years ago. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Due to stricter government safety regulations, 30 of Japan's idled 48 nuclear reactors have no immediate prospects of restarting operations, at least in the near future,...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Anti-nuclear idol Fujinami frustrated by waning ...
Cocoro Fujinami (Photo by Noriyuki Kaneta)
Stardom is often fleeting for aspiring idols, but for Cocoro Fujinami, the fading interest she has seen is particularly frustrating.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Photographer restores 750,000 pictures thought...
Munemasa Takahashi (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
Munemasa Takahashi has restored and returned 340,000 photos that were washed away by the 2011 tsunami to their rightful and grateful owners.