It is three months to the day since a cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami laid waste to a swathe of north-eastern Japan. At least 23,000 are known to have died in the catastrophe, which also triggered one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters at Fukushima.
To mark the anniversary, thousands of people have taken to the streets, calling for all of Japan’s nuclear reactors to be shut down.
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan has visited the disaster-affected areas in memory of the victims. 90,000 people are still living in temporary shelters while 8000 are still missing.
The government has been heavily criticised for being slow to react.