Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered 7 years on

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Anti-nuclear campaigners will mark the 7th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on Sunday 11 March 2018 outside the Japanese Embassy in London before marching to a rally opposite Parliament.

Fox News reports that residents in coastal towns observed a moment of silence on Sunday after sirens wailed at 2:46 p.m., the moment the magnitude-9.0 offshore quake that triggered the tsunami struck on March 11, 2011.

Prince Akishino, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito, expressed hope that the tsunami would raise awareness and help prevent or mitigate damage from future natural disasters.

Cleaning up the still-radioactive nuclear plant remains a daunting challenge that will take decades. However, Abe's government has been eager to restart offline reactors.

A woman in her 70s said her relatives were killed in the tsunami.

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More than 73,000 people still remain displaced, while no one is officially recorded as having died as a direct result of the nuclear catastrophe.

Last year, the government lifted evacuation orders in numerous towns surrounding the plant as it said decontamination work was completed.

But not many residents are returning to live in their hometowns.

Around 12,000 people who fled their homes for fear of radiation have filed dozens of lawsuits against the government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the stricken nuclear plant.