tsunami

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...
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...
Kamaishi continues selling 3rd anniversary postcards of 3/11...
Three types of special postcards sold in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, to commemorate the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are shown. A world map locating recipients can be seen in the background. (Masataka Yamaura)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--Bowing to popular demand, residents and companies here continue sending postcards commemorating the third anniversary of the Great East Japan...
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 ...
NPO leader draws from his past in helping post-earthquake orphans
Masahiro Nishida (Photo by Kengo Hiyoshi)
SENDAI--In a room littered with toys in a building outside JR Sendai Station, the headquarters of the Children's Grief Support Station, children are often hesitant to enter,...
Beloved Sanriku Railway making full comeback, despite fears for...
The first train in the morning on Sanriku Railway Co.’s South Rias Line leaves Kamaishi Station in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 5. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--A local railway operator here that won the hearts and minds of the nation with its tireless efforts to rebound from the earthquake and tsunami...
Survivors of 2011 disaster race to flee as tsunami arrives from...
This woman, taking shelter at a municipal health and welfare center in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 3, said she woke her son, lying asleep on the sofa, immediately after a tsunami advisory was issued. (Masataka Yamaura)
Tsunami generated by the magnitide-8.2 earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Chile on April 1 took nearly a full day to cross the Pacific Ocean.
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,...
IHI unveils tsunami-proof 'Noah's Ark' for those unable to flee
The exterior of a tsunami lifeboat developed by IHI Corp. (Takumi Fujii)
AIOI, Hyogo Prefecture--Shipbuilder IHI Corp. has unveiled an unsinkable lifeboat for people unable to reach safe high ground in the event of a tsunami and for those physically ...
Fisheries wiped out by 2011 tsunami seek ways to revive struggling ...
Hiromitu Ito, 53, left, shovels oysters as Yuki Miura, 23, works on a rope on March 7 after harvesting oysters from one of their oyster farms three years after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Ogatsu town, Miyagi Prefecture. (AP Photo)
When the tsunami smashed the seafood processing factory where Shoichi Sato was working, he lost his job but eventually found a new life. Three years later, Sato is among the...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Man sues over failures in 3/11 tsunami warnings
Local residents evacuate to a shrine on a hill after a tsunami alert was issued following an aftershock of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Aug. 14, 2011, in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--A man who lost his wife in the 2011 disaster has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for what he claims were failures in the tsunami warning...