Great East Japan Earthquake

FOUR YEARS AFTER: Police race against time to ID 83 bodies ahead...
A Miyagi prefectural police officer compares characteristics of unidentified bodies with those of missing individuals at the prefectural police's headquarters in Sendai. (Shuhei Takei)
On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, police are accelerating efforts to identify the remains of 83 victims in the three hardest-hit...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: 80% of Fukushima municipalities expect full...
The Asahi Shimbun
Hampered by radiation contamination, about 80 percent of disaster-hit municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture will need until at least fiscal 2021 to completely restore their...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Blood problems continue to plague residents at...
Temporary housing for evacuees from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 31, 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cases of blood clots among evacuees living in temporary housing units in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures have risen significantly in the past four years, research shows.
VOX POPULI: Kamaishi rises from 3/11 devastation to host 2019...
Residents in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, celebrate the announcement of the city's selection as a host city for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on March 2. (The Asahi Shimbun)
"No Saido" (No side), a rugby-themed 1980s hit by popular singer-songwriter Yumi Matsutoya, is a melancholic tune about youth. Matsutoya was inspired to write the song after...
Tsunami-hit Kamaishi to host games in Rugby World Cup
Residents in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, celebrate the announcement of the city's selection as a venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on March 2. (Takaharu Yagi)
The tsunami-ravaged city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, was named as one of 12 sites that will host matches for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Persevering Miyagi, Iwate students graduate from temporary school...
Underclass students at the city-run Joshi Shogyo (all-girls commercial) high school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, hand bouquets of flowers to graduating seniors on March 1. (Yosuke Fukudome)
In the three years that students attended a temporary school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the landscape outside ...
Young craftsmen carve reconstruction minister's new seal from...
The reconstruction minister's new seal made from the "miracle pine tree" of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, is displayed in Tokyo on Feb. 28 (Nobuyoshi Nakamura)
When a reconstruction minister gives his official stamp of approval, it will be forever linked to the "miracle pine tree" that survived the March 2011 deadly tsunami and became ...
Prince William delights nuclear accident-affected children before...
Prince William interacts with local children at the Smile Kids Park facility in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture on Feb. 28. (Pool)
MOTOMIYA, Fukushima Prefecture--Britain's Prince William visited areas in Fukushima Prefecture impacted by the nuclear accident on Feb. 28, drawing renewed attention from the...
'Miracle pine' gets new life as luxury pen
A Montblanc fountain pen made from branches of the "miracle pine tree" in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, which withstood the deadly tsunami on March 11, 2011 (Naoaki Terasawa)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--A memorial pen made from branches of the “miracle pine tree” that survived the 2011 tsunami was displayed on Feb. 25 with a whopping price...
Hot on the trail of radioactivity, despite dwindling public...
Specially trained members and participants in the event measure the radioactivity levels of pears from Fukushima at the facility Albireo in Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo, last November. (Yukari Takahashi)
Although there is less call for their services, a number of Tokyo-based citizens groups continue to monitor radioactivity levels to assuage those still not convinced that the...
Nagoya exec exploited boy, 15, for radioactive clean-up work
Workers going about decontamination work in a residential area in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGOYA--Police arrested the manager of a construction firm here for using a teenager to help remove soil and debris contaminated by radioactive substances released in the...
'Akira' creator hopes airport mural will serve as reminder of 3/11 ...
An original illustration drawn by Katsuhiro Otomo for a large mural to be displayed at Sendai Airport (Provided by the Japan Traffic Culture Association)
Manga giant Katsuhiro Otomo hopes that a huge mural based on his illustration, to be displayed at Sendai Airport from March, will serve as a powerful reminder of the March 2011 ...
Anti-nuclear movement in Taiwan faces a lengthy fight
Two square concrete buildings that resemble gigantic warehouses are fenced off from a local road where traffic flows.
Tectonic stress levels off northeastern Japan back to pre-disaster ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Pressure exerted by tectonic plate movement off Tohoku that triggered the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has returned to pre-disaster levels, seismologists say.
PHOTO: Giant 'recovery' artwork by ‘Akira’ creator Otomo...
A wall relief designed by Katsuhiko Otomo is viewed by visitors before it is mounted at Sendai Airport. It will be on display from March 12. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ATAMI, Shizuoka Prefecture--A huge wall relief created by renowned manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo representing the Tohoku region's recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan...
Robot development zone planned for Fukushima to accelerate...
A reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last October (Provided by TEPCO)
A special economic zone will be set up in Fukushima Prefecture to promote the development of robots that the central government hopes will speed the return of residents to the...
From tsunami-swept land, IT expert helps grow 'edible gem'...
Hiroki Iwasa holds a strawberry in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture. (Sakura Funazaki)
YAMAMOTO, Miyagi Prefecture--A venture capital company executive returned from Tokyo to southern Miyagi Prefecture to see what he could do for his hometown that was devastated...
Foreign envoys sample Fukushima delicacies to promote exports
Four ambassadors--from left, New Zealand's Mark Sinclair, Britain's Tim Hitchens, Canada's Mackenzie Clugston and Australia's Bruce Miller--sample Fukushima delicacies at the Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan Midette in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Jan. 27. (Keiichiro Inoue)
Ambassadors of four Commonwealth nations tucked into rice balls and other tasty morsels from Fukushima at an event in Tokyo to show support for food from the disaster-stricken...
It's party time in once-devastated Ofunato Bay as 'yakatabune'...
People eat dishes in a test cruise of the ‘yakatabune’ boat in Ofunato Bay on Jan. 13. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--As a fun and lively symbol of recovery, a traditional "yakatabune" roofed party boat will soon set sail around Ofunato Bay, which was devastated by...
'Evangelion' producer to open anime studio, museum in rural...
Gainax Co. President Hiroyuki Yamaga, far right, Gainax Fukushima President Yoshinori Asao, center right, and Miharu Mayor Yoshinori Suzuki, center left, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 19 at the signing ceremony to establish a new anime studio in the area (Naoyuki Takahashi)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Gainax Co., the anime company best known for the hit series "Evangelion," is setting up a studio in Miharu to help draw people back to this...