Tuesday, 12th March 2013
In General Japan News,
Prime minister pledges to rebuild tsunami-hit regions
Yesterday saw the two-year anniversary of Japan's earthquake and tsunami which left over 15,881 people dead and a further 2,668 unaccounted for.
The event was marked by services across the county and Japan fell silent for one minute to mark the time at which the earthquake hit, 14:46 or 05:46 GMT.
Recently appointed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who attended a memorial service in Tokyo, suggested that the loss of lives will never be forgotten but that the worst-hit areas must be rebuilt.
He said: "Japan will never experience a true spring if spring does not come to north-eastern Japan. I promise never to forget the weight of each day and promise to speed up the reconstruction of the region.
"I will make Japan a country resilient to disasters while standing on the side of people who were affected."
Despite it being two years since the disaster, some 310,000 people are still living in temporary accommodation following the event.