In Japan, euronews went to the small fishing community at Yamada Funakoshi, one of the towns devastated by the tsunami.
Our reporter Chris Cummins spoke to Minato Ken, a fisherman whose office was on the waterfront.
Cummins: “Where did you evacuate to? What happened when you realised there was the potential for a tsunami? Where did you go and how were you feeling?”
Ken: “I escaped by climbing the mountain. There is a track that leads to a temple and cemetery so I headed for the grave yard. As the wave hit, I thought, what am I going to do? The tsunami was much bigger. It was gigantic.”
Cummins: “How do you think this community has been affected?”
Ken: “This is a fishing community. It is the main industry here. Without fishing, life will be difficult. It will take a long time to build it up again. For the next three or four years, we won’t be able to make a living.”
Cummins: “How do you think the community’s relationship with the sea has changed since the tsunami? Before, the sea provided food and work. Then it came and took it all away.”
Ken: “We will return to a life dependent on the sea, and with a strong spirit. We will not give up. We will recover.”