Great East Japan Earthquake

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POINT OF VIEW/ Arata Hirakawa: Saving historical documents helps...
Arata Hirakawa checks repairs to historical documents at Tohoku University in Sendai.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 ...
Student peddling Fukushima air to revive interest in nuclear...
Atsu, creator of the Tohoku Cans containing air from Fukushima Prefecture (Akemi Harada)
A teenager is selling cans of “Fukushima air” to shock the public into reviving debate over the 2011 nuclear disaster.
Alumni of tsunami-stricken school campaign for preserving damaged...
The damaged main building of Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although only the shell of an elementary school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, remains from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, former students are campaigning ...
Journeying sunflower seeds brighten the mood in quake-stricken...
Sunflowers blossom in the summer of 2008 in the former village of Yamakoshi, now part of Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture. (Provided by Isao Arai)
Generations of sunflower seeds harvested and donated by survivors of major earthquakes in Japan over the past two decades now blossom each summer as symbols of recovery from...
Sold-out gourmet train drawing tourists to tsunami-devastated...
The dining car of the Tohoku Emotion gourmet train (Shuji Shida)
HACHINOHE, Aomori Prefecture--A symbol of recovery and a gourmet's delight, a special restaurant train that travels along the northern Tohoku coastal area that was devastated...
COMMENTARY: Family members scarred by suicides help disaster-hit...
Hiroyuki Miura stands in front of his photos of people in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Gifu in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--I accompanied freelance photographer Hiroyuki Miura this summer on his tour to assist communities that were hit hard by the Great East Japan...
Miyagi installing stronger coastal forest bulwark against tsunami
Black pine seedlings are being planted on this earthen mound that will eventually stretch 40 kilometers along Miyagi Prefecture’s coastline and act as a forest barrier against future tsunamis. The seedlings are planted between timber barriers intended to protect them from high winds. (Yosuke Fukudome)
SENDAI--A new coastal forest is being planted along Miyagi Prefecture’s coastline as a buffer against future tsunami such as the massive one generated by the March 2011 Great ...
Families mourn tsunami victims, seek answers from bank employer
Nagako Tanno sits on a chair and weeps on Nov. 11 at the former site of 77 Bank’s Onagawa branch in Miyagi Prefecture. Her eldest daughter was swept away by the tsunami spawned by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Takaharu Yagi)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--Family members of 12 bank employees killed or left missing in the 2011 tsunami offered prayers on Nov. 11 and again asked if their loved ones could...
First bags of contaminated debris prepared for transfer to...
A bag filled with contaminated debris is placed inside a new bag at a temporary storage site in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 11. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--Preparation work has started for the transfer of radiation-contaminated debris from a temporary storage site here to a planned interim facility...
Swiss travel agency owner pedals around Tohoku to promote region
Swiss travel agency owner Thomas Kohler poses for a photograph in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, on Nov. 8. A message, “Jitensha de Tohoku wo” (In Tohoku on a bicycle), is written on his bicycle and T-shirt. (Mitomu Narita)
HACHINOHE, Aomori Prefecture--After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Tohoku region in 2011, Thomas Kohler walked from Hokkaido in northern Japan to...
Japan, South Korea leaders deepening strain by putting state...
In his book "Atarashii Kuni e" (Toward a new country), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe states, "We learned civility from Confucianism, the spirit of self-discipline from Zen Buddhism,...
Survey: 303 municipalities to use religious facilities for...
Katsuura Mayor Hisao Saruta, left, and Kyozui Toda, head of the local Buddhism temples' association, show off an agreement on disaster cooperation at the city office in  Chiba Prefecture in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite the separation of church and state in Japan, an increasing number of local municipalities formed partnerships with religious institutions following the 2011 Great East...
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Town once blessed by nuclear power...
Incumbent Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa, center, opens the new Futaba Town Hall in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. ((c)2014 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It...
Nautical charts to be revised to reflect unprecedented changes...
A dinghy of the Tenyo, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Japan Coast Guard, navigates Onagawa Bay. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--About an hour into a Japan Coast Guard hydrographic survey mission, a crew member on lookout abruptly shouted for the dinghy to stop.