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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 ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: NTT Docomo to offer foreign language quake,...
The city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, faces the onslaught of tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Katsujiro Kakezono)
NTT Docomo Inc. is set to start a service that translates earthquake and tsunami alert messages into multiple languages for users of Android-based smartphones.
VOX POPULI: 3/11 anniversary an opportunity to look to the future
Takako Kimura, a clerical worker at Unosumai Elementary School in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, remained in the staff room after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, and perished in the consequent tsunami. (Provided by her husband)
The name of a place is often used in a phrase as a symbolic reminder of a memorable incident that once took place there. In soccer, "Doha no Higeki" (Agony of Doha) refers to a ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Students' vision realized with smart glasses...
Prototype smart glasses show how a Tohoku town appeared before the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Shinya Takagi)
Sendai website development firm DMP and Sony Corp. have teamed to create a pair of smart glasses that will show how the Tohoku region appeared before the devastation caused by...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Palestinian, Iwate children exchange words of...
Children fly kites in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on March 9, shortly before the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Takashi Watanabe)
Despite living in perpetual strife, around 1,000 children in Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, flew kites in the colors of the Japanese and Palestinian flags on March 9 to mourn victims...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Hold onto your futon when disaster strikes home
Eiji Aoyama, president of NA Tech, tests a prototype floatable futon in Lake Biwako in February 2014. (Provided by NA Tech)
HIGASHI-OMI, Shiga Prefecture--In cooperation with a Kyoto University laboratory, a local company here has developed a floatable futon that users can cling to as a lifesaving...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Father gets diving license, joins undersea...
A portrait of daughter Emi hangs in the living room of the new home of Masaaki and Hiromi Narita in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takaharu Yagi)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Once or twice each month, Masaaki Narita dives into the sea to search for anything related to his only daughter who was swept away in the tsunami ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tsunami survivor who could not save mother finds ...
Sayaka Sugawara (Photo by Masahiko Takai)
It was still morning, but Sayaka Sugawara already felt it was “a special day that I will remember forever.”
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Many schools still not rebuilt due to rising...
Students of Unosumai Elementary School in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, attend classes in prefabricated school buildings as reconstruction of school buildings are delayed. (Eiichiro Suganuma)
For students who entered Unosumai Elementary School in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, they will attend classes in prefabricated...
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...
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 ...
COMMENTARY: 10 years after Indian Ocean tsunami, memories of lost...
Subramanian, left, with daughter Subbulakshmi and son Vetriselvan, in Nagapattinam, India, in December (Ryosuke Ono)
NAGAPATTINAM, India--I see a plume of smoke rising toward the sky from a beach that is shimmering under the scorching rays of the sun. Coming closer, I recognize the boy...
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...