Fukushima probe shows new openness in Japan

    A far-reaching investigation into the nuclear disaster is an indicator of a growing capacity for open self-criticism in a nation that has been known for insularity and obedience.

    (DigitalGlobe/AFP/Getty Images)

  2. Foul seaweed invades Mass. shoreline

    From Cape Ann to Cape Cod, beaches have been blanketed in recent weeks with the smelly seaweed that hails from Japan.


  3. Japanese food porn in ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ documentary

    - A glistening piece of maguro sushi sits on a black lacquer tray. The tuna is so fresh it droops over a dollop of white rice. The kernels gently adhere to one another. The tray’s reflection creates an illusion of two symmetrical pieces. This image fills a movie screen.


    Japan tsunami pictures: before and after

    - In this first of three Big Picture posts on the anniversary of the Japan earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, we have a series of paired “then and now” pictures.

  5. Mainers hope to save spiny sea urchin trade

    - During its heyday, urchin fishermen from Maine harvested more than 40 million pounds of the spiny creatures a year. A move is now under way to jumpstart the industry, which has fallen on hard times and is just a skeleton of its former self.

  6. Cooking (and dining) from Japan

    - From young foreign visitor to regular resident to cookbook author, she has relished the foods of her second home.

  7. Why did Japan surrender?

    - Sixty-six years ago, we dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Now, some historians say that’s not what ended the war.

  8. THE BIG PICTURE: Japan continues to deal with the enormous task of cleaning up and moving forward three months after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast. Collected here are images from this past weekend marking the three-month point, as well then-and-now images of the destruction shot by Kyodo News via the Associated Press. (29 photos total)

  9. Packbots explore stricken reactor

    - Two robots made by iRobot Corp. of Bedford explored buildings inside Japan’s damaged nuclear reactor Sunday and sent back data that indicated radiation levels are still too high to allow human repair crews to go inside.

  10. Elevated radiation found in Massachusetts rainwater

    - Iodine levels pose no risk, state says; linked to disaster at plant in Japan.

  11. Bedford firm sends four robots to Japan’s rescue, recovery effort

    - A week after the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Japan, a truck left the headquarters of iRobot Corp. in Bedford. Its cargo: four military robots, two of them prototypes.

  12. GRAPHIC: Examining U.S. nuclear reactor/fault line geography

    - We decided to focus on a simple, practically important question; if the Mark 1 Reactor is indeed inferior on safety, where are ours and are they earthquake safe? The map tells the tale: 23 plants are presently using a Mark 1, all of which are in the eastern half of the country.

    (Source: shortformblog)

  13. Young Acton woman survived tsunami in hardest-hit area of Japan

    - A 22-year-old Acton resident has left the Japanese town where she narrowly escaped the tsunami to travel to a nearby city, where she hopes to find better shelter, her anxious mother says.

  14. The Big Picture - Japan: New fears as the tragedy deepens

    - Continued aftershocks and new earthquakes bring new fears to the survivors of the tragedy. Residents prepare for radiation leaks as the Prime Minister asks everyone to remain indoors - in their homes, their offices and shelters. Ninety one countries have offered help to Japan. Search and rescue and recovery continue in the devastated landscape. The death toll rises, but some hope is realized in the reunions of family and friends. — Paula Nelson (52 photos total)

  15. What to have on hand in case of a disaster

    - In the weeks following 9-11 and the anthrax scares, Americans, myself included, became attuned to disaster preparation. I dutifully bought rolls of duct tape — to seal my windows in the event of a bioterrorist attack — and tons of bottled water and flashlight batteries.