Four years to the day since Fukushima, a minute of silence has been observed across Japan to remember the more than 18,000 people dead or missing in an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that have marked the country’s history forever.
Tributes in Tokyo were led by Japan’s Emperor Akihito.
“Circumstances for survivors remain harsh,” he told a solemn ceremony in the capital, attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of regions affected by the disaster.
“It is important that all the people of this nation unite our hearts into one, and stand by them.”
Four years on, however, some 230,000 people are still without permanent housing as a result of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.