Emperor of Japan in Tokyo national mourning ends the memory of victims of tsunami, earthquake and nuclear
million people in Japan have paid tribute to the thousands of victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's north east coast a year ago and triggered the worst crisis for 25 nuclear years.
local time 14:46 (5:46 pm GMT), a year after when the earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit people across Japan bowed their heads and observed a minute of silence as sirens sounded in dozens of coastal communities still in mourning for the 15,800 people were killed and 3,300 are still missing.
In Tokyo, some train services stopped, and the Emperor, Empress, Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries and hundreds of survivors attended a ceremony at the National Theatre of the capital.
In Ishinomaki, where the tsunami killed more than 5,700 dead or missing, hundreds of people attended a service at Minato Elementary School, where some had taken refuge after the disaster.
Many remained silent after the official silence, hands in prayer, Buddhist monks chanted sutras before an altar in charge of white chrysanthemums. As night fell, the children lit paper lanterns with simple messages that resonate throughout the region. The union, the hope and strength
The inhabitants of the city, nearly half of which was submerged by waves of 10 meters high, is torn between two overwhelming emotions: sadness at the loss of life, and the determination of looking forward.
Masaru Sasaki, a taxi driver of 71 years, came to remember his wife, daughter and grand-son, washed ashore. "In a way, the last 12 months have passed quickly," he said. "But when I think of my family, it seems that all of life.
"I am fortunate to work, and is reinforced every day of my passengers. If you do not have that, do not think I can go on living."
Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, Japan has promised to be "reborn as a better place."
"Our predecessors have sometimes brought prosperity to the crisis is past, becoming stronger," he said. "We are with people in areas affected by the disaster and join efforts to achieve the historic task of reconstruction."
is impossible to overstate the magnitude of the task. Exactly one year after they were sent by the waves of up to 20 meters high, over 320,000 displaced persons still live in temporary housing along the northeast coast. A 23 million tons of debris have been removed and placed in a pile, but only a fraction has been buried or cremated.
The cost of rebuilding dozens of towns and villages on higher ground would cost taxpayers $ 230bn Japanese (145 billion pounds) over the next 10 years. Some who come from an expected doubling of sales tax, but less enjoyable for many, are tens of billions that the government will spend to support the company at the center of the nuclear crisis, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) .Amid the solemn protest arrived. In Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo, thousands of people came to demand the dismantling of all nuclear reactors in Japan. An estimated 12,000 demonstrators in the capital have formed a human chain around the parliament building.
All but two of the reactors 54 countries are currently closed for maintenance checks and restarting will not be permitted unless they pass the tests of their ability to withstand catastrophic events and win the approval of the host communities Fukushima frightened by the accident.
Fukushima triple crisis has forced the immediate evacuation of 80,000 people living within 20 km. A similar number have left for other towns and villages outside the evacuation zone where high radiation levels were found aa
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