Great East Japan Earthquake

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.
Consumers suddenly more wary of produce from Fukushima
Japan Agricultural Cooperative staff members inspect peaches produced in Fukushima Prefecture in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Consumers are more reluctant than ever to buy products from Fukushima Prefecture, even though more than three years have passed since the nuclear disaster.
Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan ...
A photo provided by Reiko Sekiguchi shows people eating “nabe” (hot pot) dishes together at a workplace on March 11, 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. (Provided by 20 Seiki Archive Sendai)
SENDAI--In the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, many people snapped photos of their makeshift meals, as food became a precious and...
Photographer, designer help publish poems by Otsuchi woman penned...
Yutaka Matsubara, right, and Junji Hashimoto speak during an interview in Tsu, Mie Prefecture. (Sotaro Hata)
TSU, Mie Prefecture--When a photographer and a designer made frequent visits to Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, which was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in...
Survey: Quake-resistance work done on 11% of buildings deemed weak
The first floor of this apartment building in Kobe collapsed in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Reinforcement work has been conducted on only 11 percent of apartment and condominium buildings judged to have insufficient earthquake-resistance strength in Tokyo and other...
Tsunami-stricken town harvests rice for first time in 4 years
Farmers harvest rice in the Otomo district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, for the first time in four years on Sept. 20. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--As the Tohoku region enters harvest season, rice is being gathered here for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Kids harvest 'miracle' rice grown from stalks that survived 3/11...
Fifth-graders from a local elementary school harvest "miracle rice" in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 14. (Mayumi Ueda)
TONDABAYASHI, Osaka Prefecture--A "miracle" rice crop grown from a handful of seeds that survived the devastating 2011 tsunami were harvested on Sept. 14, a sign of hope and...