Great East Japan Earthquake

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.
Google Maps shows state of disaster recovery along Tohoku coastline
Photos of the Sanriku coastline are taken from fishing boats off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, for Google Inc.'s "Sanriku Street View From the sea" project. (Provided by Google Inc.)
Google Inc. has started a service that allows users to get an offshore look at the latest recovery efforts in the Tohoku region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake...
Facebook's new Safety Check service born from Japan's 2011 quake,...
A mobile screen shows Facebook’s Safety Check notification. Users can check the safety of those on their friends list through the new service, which started on Oct. 16. (Provided by Facebook Inc.)
When the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck in March 2011, Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg noticed that many users confirmed the safety of their friends and...
POINT OF VIEW/ Mikiko Abe: With nuclear plant idled, townsfolk in...
Onagawa town assembly member Mikiko Abe stands against the backdrop of Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s Onagawa nuclear power plant. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--As an opponent of atomic energy, I have watched this town for more than four decades--from before Tohoku Electric Power Co. began constructing the...
Plans to remove cover over damaged Fukushima reactor draws concern
The cover over the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in June 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Amid local concerns of the further spread of radioactive materials, Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced plans to start dismantling the canopy installed over the destroyed...
POINT OF VIEW/ Akira Kugiko: Public indifference to disaster...
Akira Kugiko holds up a photograph of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--I began relating accounts of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami one year after the disaster, and I started my own storytelling...
Fukushima fashion designer rebounds from 2011 disaster to shine at ...
Yuji Miyamori, who exhibited his collection at the recent Milan Fashion Week, shows off his works at his workshop in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Natsuki Edogawa)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Up-and-coming local designer Yuji Miyamori hopes his recent exhibition at Milan Fashion Week will draw attention to the fashion he believes...
Electrical causes blamed for 30% of blazes in 2011 quake and...
An outlet that can suspend power distribution after detecting a tremor is installed at a shop at the Golden Hall of Toji temple in Kyoto. (Mari Endo)
Thirty percent of the fires that raged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and in aftershocks during the following month were ignited by electrical causes,...
Disaster-hit communities in Tohoku using local specialties to...
Fishermen wash scallops after hauling in their catch at Koishihama fishing port in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. (Ryusaburo Matsumoto)
Like many other local communities around Japan, towns in the Tohoku region have tried to brand their specialty products to promote sales.
Gundam robots based on plans from a school in Tohoku region will...
Students assemble a robot at Higashiyodo Technical High School in Osaka's Yodogawa Ward on Oct. 3. It is 4.5 meters high, 1.5 meters taller than those created by students at Shiogama High School in Miyagi Prefecture. (Nahoko Kyotani)
OSAKA--Three towering robots similar to the popular anime character “Mobile Suit Gundam” will appear in the downtown area here on Oct. 10 and 11, but local denizens should...
TEPCO doubles tsunami height in damage estimate for Fukushima plant
A temporary levee constructed on the coastline at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A tsunami of 26 meters would inundate the already-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant, causing a huge amount of radioactive substances to spill into the sea, according to...
POINT OF VIEW/ Akiko Iwasaki: Tsunami-ravaged Sanriku ready for...
Akiko Iwasaki, owner of the Horaikan inn in Kamaishi (Masataka Yamaura)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--I don’t think rebuilding from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 can be easily accomplished in a decade.