Great East Japan Earthquake

VOX POPULI: Quotes from March, a time for reflection and renewed...
Eri Watanabe visits Shichigahama, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 5. The tsunami on March 11, 2011, swept away her grandmother, as well as her home. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The spring weather cheers the heart, but this is also a season for contemplation. Below are some comments made during March, a month that brings to mind many things that should ...
Tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line nearing full operations in Miyagi
Participants at Nobiru Station in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 29 get to walk along the tracks of the JR Senseki Line, which is nearing final repairs for damage caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Around 200 people were allowed to walk along a relocated section of the JR Senseki Line that was heavily damaged by the tsunami in 2011.
COMMENTARY: Fukushima laments fading memories of nuclear disaster
Construction of an interim storage facility for radioactive soil and other debris starts in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, in February. The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A daily calendar pad on a living room wall in a private home in this northeastern community still showed the fateful date: “March 11, 2011.”
'Evangelion' producer hopes anime museum will put world spotlight...
Visitors check out a reproduced anime studio at “Kuso to Art no Museum--Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha” in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 28. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--In a twist for anime fans, the production company of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" is coming to the assistance of a rural area recovering from the...
Radioactive soil finally moved to Futaba site
Workers place bags of contaminated soil trucked to an interim storage facility in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25. (Keisuke Sato)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Environment Ministry has begun transporting radioactive soil to the planned site of an interim storage facility here after years of tough...
AKB48 members continue to bring smiles to disaster-hit areas...
AKB48 members perform at a concert in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11, the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Naoko Kawamura)
Four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the number of entertainers visiting the devastated areas is declining.
POINT OF VIEW/ Jun'ichi Isomae: Time to form solidarity to link...
A monument bearing lines from Kenji Miyazawa's poem "Ame ni mo Makezu" (Unbeaten by rain) stands damaged at Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 29, 2011, two weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, was immediately followed by a legion of photo books, collections of...
Costs in problem-plagued struggle at Fukushima plant near 600...
Workers check portable devices to remove strontium from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October. (Pool)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government have spent 590 billion yen ($4.93 billion) battling the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but problems persist and taxpayers could lose if ...
Train service resumes on final stretch of JR line in disaster-hit...
A train leaves Onagawa Station in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Ishinomaki Line for the first time in four years, on March 21. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--After a four-year wait, trains are up and running the full length of the restored JR Ishinomaki Line, which was ravaged by the 2011 earthquake and...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tohoku researchers, companies exhibit...
Kenichi Yamamoto, a professor of Ishinomaki Senshu University, shows off a newly developed lifesaver car seat at the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 15. (Satoshi Kimura)
SENDAI--When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in March 2011, Kenichi Yamamoto's vehicle was swept away by the ensuing tsunami.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Abe promises $4 billion in international...
The opening ceremony of the 3rd U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is held in Sendai on March 14. (Pool)
SENDAI--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $4 billion (480 billion yen) in assistance over four years to help other countries better prepare for disasters.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Fukushima city offers last look in effort to...
An unclaimed notebook found in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is on display at the Recycle Plaza in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Wataru Sekita)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--For the final time, unclaimed photographs, notebooks and other items salvaged from the detritus of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and...
EDITORIAL: Tsunami-hit areas need business ideas more than aid
Behind the reproduced “miracle pine tree,” large conveyor-belt facilities are used in public works to elevate low-lying land in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nobuaki Sasaki is looking for companies that can provide business-based support to help rebuild his disaster-hit hometown, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Girl killed in tsunami lives on in picture book
Airi Sato, who was killed in the tsunami on March 11, 2011 (Provided by Mika Sato)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Keiko Sekiguchi came up with a project to share in the sorrow of a grieving mother whose young daughter was killed in the 2011 disaster.
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Singing the praises of a...
Katsuhiko Nobue (2014(c)FILM ‘REIKODO’ PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP)
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, a longtime resident of Japan who specializes in creating English subtitles for Japanese ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Koizumi blasts Abe's nuclear policy, remark...
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11 (Shinichi Sekine)
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he was “dumbfounded” by his protege’s push to restart nuclear reactors and his claim that the ...
VOX POPULI: Anniversary of 2011 disaster a strong reminder of need ...
A refuge called an “inochiyama” (mountain of life) is under construction in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, in 2013 to prepare for an expected gigantic earthquake and tsunami along the Pacific coast of Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Inochiyama,” which is written in two kanji that stand for “life” and “mountain,” might make a suitable “shikona” ring name for a sumo wrestler who is strong...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Nuclear power plant worker regrets not saving...
Masashi Yoshida joins a search effort to find people still missing from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 11. (Takuro Negishi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--On the morning of the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Masashi Yoshida offered water and freshly cooked rice to his late...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Japan prays for Tohoku disaster victims
Shinji Seo, center, visits the memorial for his daughter, Kanae, along with his wife and son in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Members of the Seo family on March 11 made the familiar trek along the coast of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, to a plot where a stone monument, figurines, flowers and even a white ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Trading houses fueling comebacks of Tohoku...
Employees pack mackerel cooked in miso at a Morishita Suisan plant in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, in January. (Ken Miyazaki)
General trading houses are providing lifelines to businesses in the Tohoku region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami four years ago.