Japan gathered Sunday amid tears, prayers and a moment of silence to mark one year since an earthquake and tsunami killed thousands, and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.
Throngs nationwide observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. local time (12:46 a.m. ET), the exact time the earth shook on March 11, 2011.
At the main event at a Tokyo theater, hundreds bowed their heads in silence during the service.
“A lot of lives were lost … I feel the grieving families’ pain and I cannot express my sorrow enough,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said at the ceremony.
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