tsunami

Colorfully decorated floats brighten tsunami-hit city in Tohoku
Floats adorned with Tanabata festival decorations parade through the old urban area of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, during the Ugoku Tanabata Matsuri festival on Aug. 7. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Eleven floats created a buzz here Aug. 7 as this disaster-stricken city celebrated the annual Tanabata festival.
Fukushima high school evacuee to share experiences at United...
Ayumi Kikuchi, left, practices the speech she will give at a United Nations event with her English teacher, Fumi Arimura, in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 23. She attends the relocated Futaba High School, now operating in the city of Iwaki. (Takuro Negishi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A high school student who thought she was only temporarily fleeing her home during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and remains an evacuee to...
EDITORIAL: Trials of ex-TEPCO bigwigs a chance to take fresh look...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is hit by tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will stand trial over their criminal responsibility for the 2011 disaster at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Tsunami-surviving ‘dragon tree’ beheaded, but will roar once...
Local residents bow to the "dragon pine tree," which survived the 2011 disaster, before felling the tree on July 29 in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takeshi Aose)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--The city government here will spend 24 million yen ($194,000) to preserve a tree shaped like a dragon that survived the 2011 tsunami but was...
Emperor and empress visit Fukushima, console evacuees
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko listen to a peach farmer in Koori town, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 16. (Pool)
FUKUSHIMA--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on July 16 offered words of encouragement to six people who were evacuated from their hometowns after the March 2011 earthquake...
Document shows TEPCO recognized risk of huge tsunami at Fukushima...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. in 2008 recognized the “indispensable” need for countermeasures against a towering tsunami at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but it ended up...
'Diva of temporary housing facilities' to perform landmark 400th...
Singer Hikaru Okuno performs at a meeting hall of a temporary housing facility in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on June 9. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Hikaru Okuno may be from distant Osaka Prefecture, but she's about to give her 400th performance for evacuees in the disaster-stricken Tohoku...
Tsunami-stricken Miyako rebuilds by combining disaster education,...
Yuki Matsumoto, president of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, and his mother, Miya. The hotel opened June 1 on a hill in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MIYAKO, Iwate Prefecture--In a special room next to the lobby of the Nagisatei Taro-an hotel, guests can gain a sense of shock, horror and utter helplessness.
In Miyagi, residents now commuting like in pre-disaster times
A train travels the section of track between Tona and Nobiru stations in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Senseki Line, which resumed full operation on May 30. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--After a more than four-year wait, the tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line in Miyagi Prefecture resumed full operation on May 30, and local residents were ...
Gutted tsunami-hit structure to be preserved as memorial
The tsunami-wrecked disaster management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved as a memorial. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--The skeletal steel frame of a building that stands as a symbol of the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami disaster is to be preserved as a ...
For tsunami-hit town, preserving disaster symbol becoming a taboo...
The skeletal framework of a building that housed the town’s disaster response center is reflected on puddle in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. The building, destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, is at the center of debate over possible preservation. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Every week, a woman prays in front of the rusted skeletal framework of a building that once housed this town’s disaster response center,...
Tsunami-ravaged city releases 10,000 images of disaster,...
Central Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the earthquake and tsunami disaster (Provided by the Great East Japan Earthquake digital archives support center)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--This tsunami-ravaged northeastern city has released 10,500 images online of the destruction caused by the 2011 disaster and subsequent...
Self-elevating sea walls able to counter tsunami hundreds of...
Flap gates rise in a test at Nagoya University on April 7. (Taku Hosokawa)
NAGOYA--Researchers say coastal barriers that use the force of waves to elevate automatically, and so spread the impact of tsunami or storm surges, proved effective in...
Fukushima residents suing government for lifting evacuation...
A young girl is checked for internal radiation exposure using the Baby Scan device in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in September 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of residents here plan to sue the central government for lifting evacuation advisories near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant,...
Train service resumes on final stretch of JR line in disaster-hit...
A train leaves Onagawa Station in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on the JR Ishinomaki Line for the first time in four years, on March 21. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--After a four-year wait, trains are up and running the full length of the restored JR Ishinomaki Line, which was ravaged by the 2011 earthquake and...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Abe promises $4 billion in international...
The opening ceremony of the 3rd U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is held in Sendai on March 14. (Pool)
SENDAI--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $4 billion (480 billion yen) in assistance over four years to help other countries better prepare for disasters.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Fukushima city offers last look in effort to...
An unclaimed notebook found in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is on display at the Recycle Plaza in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Wataru Sekita)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--For the final time, unclaimed photographs, notebooks and other items salvaged from the detritus of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and...
EDITORIAL: Tsunami-hit areas need business ideas more than aid
Behind the reproduced “miracle pine tree,” large conveyor-belt facilities are used in public works to elevate low-lying land in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nobuaki Sasaki is looking for companies that can provide business-based support to help rebuild his disaster-hit hometown, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.
VOX POPULI: Anniversary of 2011 disaster a strong reminder of need ...
A refuge called an “inochiyama” (mountain of life) is under construction in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, in 2013 to prepare for an expected gigantic earthquake and tsunami along the Pacific coast of Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Inochiyama,” which is written in two kanji that stand for “life” and “mountain,” might make a suitable “shikona” ring name for a sumo wrestler who is strong...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Japan prays for Tohoku disaster victims
Shinji Seo, center, visits the memorial for his daughter, Kanae, along with his wife and son in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Members of the Seo family on March 11 made the familiar trek along the coast of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, to a plot where a stone monument, figurines, flowers and even a white ...