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Japan marks 2nd anniversary of devastating earthquake, tsunami

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Much of Japan's coastline is still desolate two years after a deadly tsunami swept through.

Even now, the clean-up continues. And the anguish of those who survived the disaster is still very real.

Many in the Fukushima district are still living in temporary shelters. They were forced to flee their homes because of radiation leaking from a nuclear plant damaged in the original earthquake.

Japan's Prime Minister is promising to speed up the process of rebuilding so victims can "feel the recovery." He says, "Reconstruction is a battle against time."

In Tokyo's subway, people spent the anniversary of the disaster practicing emergency drills. The government is trying to prepare people for future natural disasters.

Critics have accused Japanese authorities of mishandling the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Two former US Navy Sailors have joined a lawsuit against the plant's owner. They claim they were directly exposed to radiation while delivering aid in the area.

In Japan, thousands took time to pause and reflect with a moment of silence. Even though the tsunami struck two years ago, people are still suffering today.

Japan restarted two of its fifty nuclear reactors last summer, but most Japanese are opposed to restarting more plants.

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