Japan mourns tsunami victims

Japan is marking marks the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck the north-eastern coast, killing thousands and triggering a serious nuclear accident.

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Japan's images of remembrance

Relatives of earthquake and tsunami victims offer chrysanthemums during the national memorial service for the victims in Tokyo Credit: Press Association
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks in front of an image of disaster-hit areas Credit: Press Association
Moment of silence close to the 330 ton fishing vessel which was flung 800 meters inland from Kesennuma Credit: Press Association
A woman cries during a ceremony for victims at Jyodoji temple in Rikuzentakata Credit: Reuters
A woman kneels near a pile of debris while offering prayers in the devastated city of Rikuzentakata Credit: Press Association

Japan's leader remember disaster victims

Japan's Prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda and Emperor Akihito have spoken of the terrible events of a year ago and promised to emerge from the crisis even stronger.

A year has passed since the Great East Japan Disaster but it is still unbearable to think of the pain of the survivors and the despair of families who's loved ones have passed away. Our forebears who built this country's prosperity have emerged from each crisis even stronger. We will fulfill our historic mission of realizing the rebirth of this nation through reconstruction while holding hands with people in the disaster affected regions and being close to them.

– YOSHIHIKO NODA, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER

I would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank the people who helped the victims and those in the disaster zones, and those that helped deal with the nuclear crisis. It is important that we do not forget the memories of this big earthquake and pass them onto our descendants, so that readiness for natural disasters is fostered and we can make progress towards building a safer country.

– JAPANESE EMPEROR AKIHITO

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Japan pauses to remember dead

Japan held a minute's silence for the thousands of people killed exactly one year ago today in a devastating earthquake and the resulting Tsunami.

The main memorial service was in Tokyo and was attended by Japan's Emperor Akihito and prime minister Yoshihiko Noda. But dozens of communities hit by the terrifying tsunami also stopped to remember the dead and missing.

The quake that measured 9 on the Richter scale struck at 05.46 British time and 14.46 local time on March 11th 2011. Half an hour later the 75 foot Tsunami ripped through coastal towns and villages leaving a trail of death and destruction.

Anti-nuclear protests in Japan

Anti-nuclear protesters gathered outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in the country's capital on Sunday, as it marks the first anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Protestors claim that TEPCO's negligence was responsible for the leakage of radiation from the plant that led to the worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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