Great East Japan Earthquake

Tohoku teenager recounts harrowing ordeal in 2011 tsunami for...
Ryoka Endo, a third-year high school student from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, discusses her experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami during a cultural festival in Paris on Aug. 30. (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--A 17-year-old girl from the Tohoku region who barely survived the devastating quake and tsunami of 2011 shared her experience with audiences here on Aug. 30 in the...
U.S. aid volunteer becomes tsunami disaster-zone ambassador to the ...
Angela Ortiz (Photo by Hideyuki Miura)
In Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, the town's first non-Japanese reconstruction support ambassador is trying to send a message out to the world that assistance is still...
SURVEY: More than 500 agricultural dams at risk in major earthquake
A resident of Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, stands near the site of his former residence, which was washed away in the failure of the Fujinuma dam in the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. His new house is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
At least 510 dams and irrigation ponds for agricultural use have poor quake resistance strength, according to a nationwide survey by local governments.
More than 10,000 students affected by 2011 disasters still in...
Elementary school students in Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three years after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, more than 11,000 students from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures are...
Students from tsunami-hit, nuke disaster-affected towns to hold...
Rinoa Nakai, left, and Yuta Miura hold a presentation on their experiences at the time of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on Aug. 12 in Tokyo. (Natsuki Edogawa)
High school students from a tsunami-ravaged town in Tohoku and a municipality near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will hold a joint exhibition of then-and-now ...
Giant watercolor captures devastation of Fukushima nuclear disaster
Hiroshige Kagawa's watercolor of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on display at Sendai Mediatheque (Mayu Horie)
SENDAI--A giant image of a destroyed reactor building in a nuclear wasteland is drawing crowds at the Sendai Mediatheque cultural hall in Aoba Ward here.
Grieving mother learns of son's giving nature in aftermath of 3/11
Takeko Suzuki prays in front of the photo of her son Kentaro in Fukushima on Aug. 11. She does so twice every day--in the morning and before going to bed at night. (Yosuke Fukudome)
FUKUSHIMA--Before the Buddhist altar in the living room of her home at a temporary housing facility here, Takeko Suzuki prayed for the spirit of her eldest son, Kentaro. His...
PHOTO: Sendai ablaze in color as famed festival begins
Colorful “fukinagashi” streamers adorn the city of Sendai during the Sendai Tanabata Festival on Aug. 6. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
SENDAI--The quake-hit downtown area of this northeastern city turned into a rainbow paradise as the annual Sendai Festival kicked off Aug. 6.
PHOTO: Joyous parade opens Morioka's Sansa dance festival
Drummers march through the streets of downtown Morioka in the Sansa Odori dance festival Aug. 1. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MORIOKA--Dancers and drummers decked out in vibrant costumes marked the beginning of the Sansa Odori dance festival as they marched along the downtown streets here Aug. 1.
Tapestries created from disaster-damaged kimono near 1,000 mark
Eriko Shiomi, a music producer in Tokyo's Tachikawa, holds a tapestry created from kimono damaged in the 2011 Tohoku disaster. (Aya Shioiri)
A project to create 1,000 tapestries from kimono damaged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is near completion, with 130 more pieces to go.
INTERVIEW: Anthropologist says Tohoku region must gain...
Norio Akasaka, a Gakushuin University professor and director of Fukushima Museum, describes the Tohoku region during a interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Hiroki Nishida)
After seeing the rebuilding efforts for the devastation wrought by the triple disaster in March 2011, anthropologist Norio Akasaka said he wondered if the Tohoku region would...
Mother cherishes flowers from seeds left by young son killed in...
Tomoko Sato looks at morning glories that were grown from seeds that belonged to her deceased son, Kenta. Her son was killed in the tsunami that was triggered by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Satomi Ono)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Tomoko Sato takes special care of the morning glories that she has planted under the eaves of her small house, feeling that they are gifts from...
Jimmy Choo promotes Fukushima traditional craftwork with original...
Jimmy Choo with a shoe made with materials including Aizu lacquerware (Natsuki Edogawa)
World-renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo's latest "Fukushima" brand name footwear incorporates traditional craftwork from the struggling prefecture.
One-eyed 'Ararky' continues quest of no-holds-barred photography
Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki speaks during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Hikaru Uchida)
For a famed photographer, the loss of eyesight could mean the end of a career.
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...