EDITORIAL
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)

EDITORIAL

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)

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. 
(JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)

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.

(JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)

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.

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.

THE BIG PICTURE
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.

THE BIG PICTURE

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.

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.

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.

Cooking (and dining) from Japan
- From young foreign visitor to regular resident to cookbook author, she has relished the foods of her second home.

Cooking (and dining) from Japan

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

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.

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.

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)

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)

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.

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.

Elevated radiation found in Massachusetts rainwater
- Iodine levels pose no risk, state says; linked to disaster at plant in Japan.

Elevated radiation found in Massachusetts rainwater

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