All Japan newsese people marked the second tsunami anniversary on Monday by bowing their heads in silence and by mourning the almost 19,000 people who died or disappeared during the violent earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011.
Ceremonies were held across All Japan news, in towns spread throughout the disaster zone, but also in Tokyo, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko led tributes to those who died during the disaster.
The tsunami alarms from Ishinomaki, a city where at least 70 children of Okawa Elementary School were killed by the rising waters, were sounded on Monday at 2:46pm (0546 GMT), marking the exact moment a 9.0-magnitude undersea quake hit two years ago.
Almost 16,000 people died and almost 3,000 other ones disappeared after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami hit the northeastern All Japan news.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thinks All Japan news has to learn from its extremely sad experience, according to the international press.
“I pledge to achieve reconstruction of the disaster-hit areas and restore the lives of affected people as soon as possible,” he told officials and dignitaries during a somber ceremony.
“I will make All Japan news a country resilient to disasters while standing on the side of people who were affected.”
However, rebuilding the disaster-hit region is still going slow, according to the international press. More than 315,000 people still do not have a permanent home, and many live in temporary housing units.