The tsunami wall in Minaimsoma, Fukushima Prefecture. Photograph: David McNeill

Like hundreds of communities along Japan’s northeast coast, the village of Koizumi exists on maps only. Five years ago, an earthquake under the Pacifi(...)

An image from a manga comic book by Kazuto Tatsuta, a former employee at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Image: Kodansha

Like many other men, Shinya Yamada was glad of the work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Because he toiled close to its wrecked reactors, his h(...)

Members of the public observe a moment of silence to mark the exact time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan’s coast in 2011. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan on Friday mourned the thousands who lost their lives in a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago that turned towns to matchwood and trigg(...)

Mayor of Minamisoma Katsunobu Sakurai: ‘We have to appeal to people to return, tell them that the food and air here is safe.’ Photograph: David McNeill

Katsunobu Sakurai’s mayoral office overlooks a lattice of dense, squat housing stretching to the Pacific coast about seven miles away. From here, he(...)

Workers wearing protective suits and masks as they work on contaminated water storage tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this week. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has upgraded its alert level for radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, underlying the deepening crisis at t(...)

A worker walks in front of water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on June 12th last. Photograph: Noboru Hashimoto/Reuters

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has ordered the government to help in the clean-up of radioactive waste from the country’s crippled Fukushima nuclea(...)

 The No 3 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture last month.  Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Japanese researchers say the cost of cleaning up from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could top $50 billion (€37.7 billion), four times the amount esti(...)