One of the biggest earthquakes in history shook Japan’s northeast five years ago.
It triggered a 10-metre tsunami which smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, triggering a meltdown and forcing nearby towns to evacuate.
The disaster killed more than 19,000 people across Japan and caused an estimated 16.9 trillion yen (137 billion euros) in damages.
Rebuilding, but for who?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the rebuilding of towns in the devastated northeast is crucial to reviving the country.
Tokyo has pledged 26.3 trillion yen (211 billion euros) over five years to rebuild the disaster area and will allocate more funds for the next five years.
More than 160,000 people were evacuated from towns around the Daiichi nuclear plant due to radiation contamination. Around 10 percent still live in temporary housing across Fukushima prefecture.
Most have settled outside their hometowns, they have started new lives and some of them don’t want to return.
In pictures: After the tsunami and today