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.
– YOSHIHIKO NODA, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER
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.
– JAPANESE EMPEROR AKIHITO
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.