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Demolition work, volunteer activity under way in quake-hit Hakuba
A worker takes out clothes and other precious items from homes destroyed by the Nov. 22 quake in the demolition work in the Horinouchi district of Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, Nov. 29.
HAKUBA, Nagano Prefecture--Volunteers have arrived here from around Japan to help clear the rubble and debris caused by the magnitude-6.7 earthquake that struck northern Nagano ...
Origami project takes off, thanks in part to a former first lady
Noriko Sato, right, folds an origami crane in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 31. (Masakazu Higashino)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--A project to sell novel paper cranes lovingly created by a trio of women living as evacuees after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster has...
NRA blames tsunami for equipment failure at Fukushima plant
The embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Japan's nuclear watchdog says the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 was almost certainly triggered by towering tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Miyagi town marker, washed up in Canada after 2011 tsunami, comes...
Hiroki Takai, a staff member of the International Volunteer University Student Association, holds a marker from Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, that washed ashore in a Canadian town after it was swept up by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
A plastic boundary marker belonging to a town in northeastern Japan, swept out to sea by the March 2011 tsunami and ending up on a beach in Canada, has made the long journey...
Google adds time-travel feature to its Street View service
A Google Street View image of the Marunouchi terminal building at JR Tokyo Station taken in July 2013 (Provided by Google Japan)
Google Inc. is enabling users worldwide to feel like they are traveling back in time under a service initially set up to help victims of the March 2011 disaster in northeastern ...
EDITORIAL: Disaster-stricken region offers invaluable teaching...
Taking advantage of his background in the private sector, Takaaki Kanno works for the rebuilding of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, as a member of the town hall. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three years have passed since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan. The devastation in the Tohoku region prompted many of us to ask ourselves,...
Kobe marks 19th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake
Honoka Nakakuma, 7, left, with her mother, Nahoko, 28, of Kobe's Nishi Ward, pray at 5:46 a.m. on Jan. 17 at Kobe's Higashi Yuenchi park in memory of Honoka's uncle, who died when his home collapsed in the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. (Ryo Kato)
KOBE--Early on a cold winter morning, mourners packed a park here on Jan. 17 to remember the exact moment when the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck 19 years ago, devastating the ...
PHOTO: Firefighters display skills in quake drill
Ladder stunts performed at the New Year parade of firemen in Ariake, Tokyo, on Jan. 6 (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Thousands of Tokyo firefighters showed off their equipment and skills in a traditional New Year parade on Jan. 6.
Chubu Electric eyes Hamaoka reactor restart with heightened...
A four-meter-tall steel plate is moved into position to raise the height of the breakwater at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Dec. 19. (Yoichi Kawatsu)
OMAEZAKI, Shizuoka Prefecture--Chubu Electric Power Co. has reported progress in its effort to heighten the breakwater at its Hamaoka nuclear power plant, a requirement to...
Giving birth in Philippine quake: 'Push and pray'
Earthquake survivor Eileen Rose Carabana, 19, cradles her two-day-old baby, James Lyndon, outside a hospital in Calape, Bohol province, central Philippines on Oct. 17. (AP Photo)
CALAPE, Philippines--Eileen Rose Carabana and her mother were in their mountain village house when the 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippine island of Bohol....
Utility heightening tsunami breakwater at most vulnerable nuclear...
Steel tubes will be installed on top of the breakwater under construction at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Provided by Chubu Electric Power Co.)
OMAEZAKI, Shizuoka Prefecture--Chubu Electric Power Co. has started work to heighten the breakwater at its Hamaoka nuclear plant by 4 meters to clear a hurdle in its...
Quake victims in Japan and the Philippines bond and exchange
Japanese students paint flowers and fish on the exterior walls of an elementary school in La Libertad in the central Philippines on Aug. 7. (Provided by Katsutoshi Furukawa)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A shared experience of disaster has forged a lasting bond between teenagers in this quake-stricken city and children in a rural area of the...
EDITORIAL: Tokyo needs to be better prepared for fires spawned by...
Tokyo's Higashi-Ikebukuro district is one of the areas at great risk of fire due to its concentration of wooden houses in the event of a devastating quake striking the capital. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo could be struck at any time by a huge earthquake centered directly below the capital.
PHOTO: Fukushima packed with spectators enjoying 3rd combined...
Participants of the Morioka Sansa Odori Festival parade down a downtown city street followed by members of the Aomori Nebuta Festival in an event held in Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 1. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
FUKUSHIMA--More than 100,000 people gathered here June 1 to marvel at the spectacle of a procession of colorful festivals through downtown to honor the deceased in the 2011...
Survey: Half of disaster-hit communities need 6 to 10 more years...
Trucks transport rebuilding materials to the center of tsunami-hit Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 9. (Wataru Sekita)
More than half of local governments devastated by the 2011 disaster in northeastern Japan say they will need six to 10 more years to completely rebuild their communities, an...
New NRA rules tough on tsunami, could delay reactor restarts
A breakwater under construction at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, is shown to the media on Dec. 18, 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nuclear industry watchdog is pitching new safety standards on earthquake and tsunami preparedness, which could substantially delay restarts of some idled nuclear plants.
Run of salmon encourages residents of a disaster stricken town
Salmon run the Gensuigawa river in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on Oct. 10. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--Shoals of salmon have returned to a local river, an uplifting sign for residents that one of the many scars left by last year's earthquake and...
TEPCO releases new photos of quake, tsunami and nuclear accident
Fissures in a mound at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant immediately after the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake (Provided by TEPCO)
Previously unseen photos show tsunami swamping reactor buildings and wrecking equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, images which help explain the circumstances in...
Report: Public trust in scientists plummeted after 3/11 disasters
The Asahi Shimbun
The devastation from last year’s natural disasters and the failure to prevent the Fukushima nuclear accident have led to a huge loss of trust in scientists, a science...
BIZ BRIEF: Kashima Steel Works restores quake-damaged gas holder
The Kashima Steel Works of Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. has restored one of its two gas holders that were damaged in the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake.