Japan Marks Sixth Anniversary of March 11 Quake, Tsunami (News)


Tokyo, March 11 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government held a ceremony on Saturday to mark the sixth anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent massive tsunami that mainly hit the Tōhoku northeastern region of the country.

Some 900 people attended the event, held at the National Theater in central Tokyo, including representatives of bereaved families of victims of the disaster, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, and Fumihito, Prince Akishino and his wife, Princess Kiko.

The participants observed a minute of silence at 2:46 pm (5:46 am GMT), the exact time when the earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011, praying for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the disaster and for the reconstruction of Tōhoku.

"I feel that the postdisaster reconstruction is starting to enter a new stage," Abe said in a speech at the ceremony, noting that infrastructure restoration has almost been completed and that the evacuation order issued after the severe accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant knocked out in the disaster is being gradually lifted in areas affected by radiation from the damaged plant.

However, more than 120,000 people still remain evacuated, Abe noted.

Prayers were also offered in areas that suffered the effects of the tsunami. Here, a family prays while facing the ocean in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, at 2:46 pm on March 11, 2017. (© Jiji)

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