| Apr 9, 2011
The calls came into Tokyo's metropolitan government soon after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. What can we do to help, some asked. Others, seeing shocking television video of people homeless and desperate for food, urged officials to take up a...
| Apr 14, 2011
For Mika Terui, unit 5-2 of this devastated community's newest housing complex was home, finally home.
The 39-year-old mother of three felt like one of the luckiest survivors of the magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami that killed thousands of...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 7:10 PM
Hoshi Jyunichu lives in a nuclear ghost town.
On a recent afternoon, he calmly swept the entrance to his downtown coffeehouse, even though only one solitary soul had crossed the threshold the entire day. His customers, his neighbors, even his family,...
| Apr 2, 2011
After declaring he would convene a national council on rebuilding within 10 days, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited the devastated city of Rikuzentakata on Saturday as well as the site serving as the emergency staging headquarters for the...
| Mar 30, 2011
| 10:03 AM
The chairman of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Wednesday said the facility's four tsunami-battered reactors would have to be scrapped, and he apologized to the Japanese public for the nuclear disaster.
| Apr 7, 2011
| 9:18 AM
A magnitude 7.1 aftershock struck northeastern Japan late Thursday night, prompting a brief tsunami warning for areas already ravaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to the nation's meteorological agency.
The Japanese Meteorological...
| Mar 29, 2011
Structural engineer Kit Miyamoto was giving a speech in Japan on earthquake safety when this month's record quake struck, giving him a front-row seat for the unfolding disaster and what steps might save lives next time.
"This disaster basically paralyzed...
| Mar 17, 2011
Most of the dozens of tsunami-battered towns along Japan's northeastern coast remain mired in mud, but the situation in Ishinomaki is a bit different. Nearly a week after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the city of 162,000, large portions remain...
| Apr 3, 2011
| 5:26 AM
Japan's Red Cross has collected more than $1 billion in the first three weeks after the massive earthquake and tsunami but has yet to distribute any funds directly to victims, prompting Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano to urge Sunday that the process...
| Mar 17, 2011
An awful realization is setting in for those trapped in the vicinity of the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex: People are afraid to help them.
Residents describe spooky scenes of municipal cars driving down near-empty streets telling people to stay...
| Mar 15, 2011
When a loved one dies (as my brother did last month), one of the standard pieces of advice is to not make any big decisions. Don't reorganize your life in a moment of existential panic or remorse. Take your time. Cope.
But when thousands die, or when...