Today, marks the second anniversary of of the devastating Japanese earthquake that killed 19,000 people and displaced 300,000 more. In Tokyo and barren towns across the country's northeast, people gathered to bow their heads in silence.
Two years later, there is still much to be done and a growing dissatisfaction with the pace of recovery. There are still tens of thousands of people living in temporary housing, and 160,000 evacuees wonder if they will ever be able to return to their homes. As the Associated Press reports:
Japan has struggled to rebuild communities and to clean up radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, whose reactors melted down after its cooling systems were disabled by the tsunami. The government has yet to devise a new energy strategy -- a central issue for its struggling economy with all but two of the country's nuclear reactors offline.
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