Members in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha observed silence as a mark of respect to those killed in the catastrophe which struck the northern pacific coast of Japan on March 11.
Parliament today paid homage to thousands of people killed in the devastating earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, observing that it was a “tragedy of incalculable magnitude”.
Japan: With a minute of silence, tolling bells and prayers, Japan will today mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis that shattered public trust in atomic power and the nation's leaders.
A year after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a wall of water that hit Japan's northeastern coast, killing nearly 16,000 and leaving nearly 3,300 unaccounted for, the country is still grappling with the human, economic and political costs.
Parliament today paid homage to thousands of people
killed in the devastating earthquake and Tsunami in
Japan, observing that it was a “tragedy of incalculable ...
One year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan, killing nearly 16,000 people and sparking the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years, the country will pause Sunday to remember the exact moment the earth shook.
At exactly 2:46 p.m. local time (12:46 a.m. ET), a moment of silence will be held to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude quake -- a tremor so great, it literally shifted the earth's axis.
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Observances will be held across the country, with a main ceremony at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to attend that event and offer remarks.
Radiation fears across Fukushima and beyond were expected to swell the number of those taking part in the protests.
Setsuko Kuroda, an organiser of a two-day anti-nuclear protest in Koriyama, said 20,000 people were expected on Sunday.
"We demand all children are evacuated from Fukushima now," she told AFP.
"Some experts say one third of children in Fukushima were affected by radiation.
"Leaving the situation like this is like they are committing a murder every day."
A summary of a government meeting held about four hours after a giant earthquake sent a wall of water crashing into the atomic power station showed that one unidentified participant had cautioned of the risk of a meltdown
"On the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we remember that today we face a challenge of similar proportions."
The Japanese people earned the world's admiration for their composure, discipline and resilience in the face of the disaster while its companies impressed with the speed with which they bounced back, mending torn supply chains.