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In grief, former fisherman relentlessly builds crafts for son...
Tokuhiko Takezawa and his wife, Hime, sit in a room filled with handicrafts at their house in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on Feb. 9. The couple's eldest son was killed in the tsunami in March 2011. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--Handcrafted butterflies, fish, flowers, dolls and other works cover the walls, windows and ceiling of a room in Tokuhiko Takezawa’s home. So...
Merchants stuck in prefab markets in sluggish recovery from 3/11...
Only a handful of visitors are seen at the Minamimachi Murasaki market, a makeshift shopping center, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 11. The market was inundated with volunteers and workers for rebuilding efforts for a few years following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Around 90 percent of temporary markets set up in three prefectures devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami still occupy prefabricated buildings due to poor sales almost...
Tsunami-hit towns in Tohoku shaken by alarming rate of population...
Municipalities particularly hard-hit by the earthquake and tsunami disaster five years ago are reeling from drops in population that were projected to occur over decades due to ...
PHOTO: Bittersweet goodbyes for seniors at school destroyed in...
Memorial pictures and messages are projected on an exterior wall of the makeshift gymnasium of Kesennuma Koyo High School during a special event to see off departing senior students on Feb. 8. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Students at Kesennuma Koyo High School here are saying goodbye to the temporary facilities where they spent their entire high school years after...
In post-3/11 Japan, seismologists look to history for improved...
The Asahi Shimbun
Seismologists were dealt a bitter blow in failing to anticipate the magnitude-9.0 earthquake occurring in the Tohoku region in 2011, not taking history into account.
Anguish of tsunami-stricken family: Don't call off search...
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Just one last time, that's all Chikara Yoshida is asking for as he seeks closure over his son's disappearance in the 2011 earthquake and...
From mayor to scrivener, the man who won't stop serving...
Yutaka Ikarigawa in front of his office as an administrative scrivener in the tsunami-hit town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, where he previously served as mayor (Yusuke Hoshino)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--As mayor here, Yutaka Ikarigawa led rebuilding efforts after the 2011 tsunami disaster, and following electoral defeat he will continue the task by...
Study tour gives students glimpse of stark reality facing town...
Students who joined a study tour from the Kansai region stroll through the neighborhood near JR Namie Station on Nov. 8, 2015. (Natsuki Edogawa)
NAMIE, Fukushima Prefecture--A convenience store might seem an odd venue to start a study trip, especially when it is closed.
Taxi drivers report 'ghost passengers' in area devastated in 2011...
Yuka Kudo, 22, a senior at Tohoku Gakuin University, discusses her graduation thesis in Sendai on Dec. 28. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
SENDAI--In early summer 2011, a taxi driver working in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, which had been devastated by the tsunami a few months earlier, had a mysterious encounter.
Coastal areas of tsunami-ravaged prefecture still hurt by drop in...
Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture was devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake. This photo was taken on March 12, 2011, a day after the disaster. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--Tsunami-stricken coastal areas of Miyagi Prefecture registered significant population declines, but the overall number of residents dropped only slightly due to an...
Struggling Fukushima fishermen hold 1st New Year's ceremony in 5...
Boats take off from Hisanohama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to pray for a safe and plentiful harvest in a New Year’s ceremony on Jan. 8. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Fishermen held a traditional New Year’s ceremony here on Jan. 8 for the first time since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster killed ...
Pasona seeks popular SNS users abroad to bring tourists to Tohoku
A guide from a Hong Kong travel agency show tourists Aizuwakamatsu Castle in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, in November 2015. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To revive tourism in the disaster-hit Tohoku region, human resources giant Pasona Group Inc. will offer free trips to foreign “stars” on social networking services to help...
Temporary housing in Tohoku to get new life after evacuees move out
Temporary housing for evacuees of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prefabricated temporary housing for disaster evacuees in Miyagi Prefecture will find new uses as a warehouse and nursing facilities after residents vacate them.
A toast to Iwate winemaker who overcame 2011 tsunami to produce a...
Akihiro Kumagai checks wine grapes ahead of the fermentation process at his vineyard in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Satsuki Fujita)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--Seemingly against all odds, Akihiro Kumagai's vineyard is producing wine.
Seedling from lone pine that survived 2011 tsunami headed to Izumo ...
Yoshihiro Oyama takes care of “Kenage,” a seedling from the "miracle" pine tree, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on Oct. 14. (Hiromu Imabayashi)
A seedling from the "miracle" pine tree in Iwate Prefecture that survived the 2011 tsunami will be planted at Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Shimane Prefecture in March 2016, the ...
Sea squirt farm in Miyagi producing local delicacy in recovery...
Sea squirts grow on underwater ledges off the coast of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 29. (Takuya Isayama)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--A large cluster of ascidians, commonly known as sea squirts, are thriving on a new underwater farm off the coast here as the industry is making a...
Coastal Iwate suffers population loss of 8% following 2011 disaster
Debris fills the downtown area of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, a day after it was engulfed by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MORIOKA, Iwate Prefecture--Coastal regions of the prefecture that suffered major damage in the 2011 tsunami have experienced a population decline of 8.3 percent, according to...
Restoring memories: Volunteers return thousands of photos to...
The digitally restored photo of Kumi Hoshi's son and her niece. Isao Matsumura, a volunteer in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, worked on the photo using image editing software. (Provided by Kumi Hoshi)
KOBE--It's a typical family photo, sentimental but nothing to rave about ordinarily, that was assumed lost forever in the devastation in northeastern Japan caused by the 2011...
PHOTO: Tsunami-ravaged beach welcomes New Year's prayers with new...
Local residents and voluteer workers enact a torii religious gate on Nobiru beach in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 26. (Yosuke Fukudome)
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Local residents and volunteer workers from elsewhere erected a symbolic torii gate on Dec. 26 for New Year worshippers on Nobiru beach,...
From ‘sorrow and despair,’ tsunami-hit Miyagi town opens...
A shopping street extending from JR Onagawa Station toward the Pacific Ocean opened on Dec. 23 in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--With its population depleted, this coastal town opened a shopping street on Dec. 23 in hopes of generating a buzz and putting the misery of the 2011 ...