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The main street of Namie in Fukushima prefecture. Just 1,200 of its 21,000 residents have so far returned. Photograph:   Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Ten years ago, Katsunobu Sakurai began another working day as mayor of Minamisoma, a small coastal city with roughly the same population as Galway. By(...)

A combination picture shows (L-R) former Tokyo Electric Power Co chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto. Photograph: Kyodo/via REUTERS.

Three former executives with Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) have gone on trial for failing to prevent the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Tepco(...)

A hearse leaves a residential care facility for disabled people in Sagamihara, near Tokyo, where at least 19 people were killed and dozens injured in a knife attack on Tuesday. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

The man blamed for Japan’s worst mass murder in decades had threatened for months to kill disabled people and said he wanted the government to legalis(...)

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(...)