tsunami

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...
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...
Tsunami-destroyed neighborhoods returning in 3-D worlds
A 3-D virtual panoramic view of Iwanuma's Ninokura and Hasegama areas (Provided by Akinobu Murakami)
Memories of communities lost to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are being brought back to life through the magic of 3-D imagery.
Fukushima student gets her wish by planting sakura tree of hope in ...
Rina Matsumoto, a high school student from Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, plants a cherry blossom tree at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development headquarters in Paris on Sept. 2. (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--A high school girl from Fukushima Prefecture who was forced to evacuate due to the nuclear crisis planted a sakura cherry tree in the French capital as a symbol of hope...
Tohoku teenager recounts harrowing ordeal in 2011 tsunami for...
Ryoka Endo, a third-year high school student from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, discusses her experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami during a cultural festival in Paris on Aug. 30. (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--A 17-year-old girl from the Tohoku region who barely survived the devastating quake and tsunami of 2011 shared her experience with audiences here on Aug. 30 in the...
Tsunami risk in Sea of Japan region just as high as Pacific...
The Asahi Shimbun
A panel of experts has found that the previously unexamined Sea of Japan region is just as vulnerable to devastating tsunami in a big earthquake as the Pacific Ocean coastline...
More than 10,000 students affected by 2011 disasters still in...
Elementary school students in Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three years after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, more than 11,000 students from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures are...
Giant watercolor captures devastation of Fukushima nuclear disaster
Hiroshige Kagawa's watercolor of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on display at Sendai Mediatheque (Mayu Horie)
SENDAI--A giant image of a destroyed reactor building in a nuclear wasteland is drawing crowds at the Sendai Mediatheque cultural hall in Aoba Ward here.
Grieving mother learns of son's giving nature in aftermath of 3/11
Takeko Suzuki prays in front of the photo of her son Kentaro in Fukushima on Aug. 11. She does so twice every day--in the morning and before going to bed at night. (Yosuke Fukudome)
FUKUSHIMA--Before the Buddhist altar in the living room of her home at a temporary housing facility here, Takeko Suzuki prayed for the spirit of her eldest son, Kentaro. His...
Emperor, empress visit temporary shopping street in Miyagi
The emperor and empress tour shops in the Minami-Sanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village on July 23 in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko dropped by a makeshift market here July 23 to offer encouragement to store owners affected by March 2011...
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.
Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan, no damage
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan early morning on July 12, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with minor tsunami of up to 20 cm but no reports of damage...
Ex-Takarazuka heroine finds healing stage in disaster-stricken...
Anji Hino performs a dance during her final stage performance in “Dance Romanesque” in 2011. (C)Takarazuka Revue Co.
OSAKA--Although Anji Hino, a star of the famed all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue, was based in the Kansai region when the Great East Japan Earthquake and...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (7): Nothing but...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko acknowledge residents of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, during a visit in May 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor's note: This is the seventh part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great...
Otsuchi residents marking 3-year tsunami disaster hit with...
The old town hall building of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, being demolished on June 11 (Kengo Hiyoshi)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--As grieving family members arrived at the devastated town hall here on June 11 to pray for those who died more than three years ago in the tsunami,...
Fishing vessel swept away by tsunami reunited with owner
Kazuo Matsukawa, center, is reunited with his fishing boat Matsukazu Maru in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 30. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
ITOMAN, Okinawa Prefecture--A small fishing boat that was adrift for three years and two months after the March 2011 tsunami is now on display in this town.
'Reconstruction rice' from stalks that survived 2011 tsunami...
Children plant seedlings of "reconstruction rice" in a paddy in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on May 25. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
TONDABAYASHI, Osaka Prefecture--Rice seedlings grown from stalks that survived the 2011 tsunami in northeastern Japan to flourish where a house once stood were sowed in a paddy ...
Survey: 4% of residents follow evacuation instructions during...
Heavy rain forces residents of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, to flee to the gymnasium of the municipal Nomi Elementary School on July 29, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Only 4.2 percent of residents followed government evacuation instructions issued for flooding last year, a disturbingly low ratio caused by ineffective communication, public...
Urbanites head to stricken region to be liaison between officials, ...
Masayoshi Yamaguchi, standing, back left, a member of a group that assists Kamaishi in rebuilding efforts, practices the tiger dance for a traditional festival in the city’s Toni district in Iwate Prefecture on April 20. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--On a recent day, Masayoshi Yamaguchi rehearsed a tiger dance for a traditional festival in a seaside community in this coastal city ravaged by the...