A year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, recovery is slow on Japan’s coast, but residents endure trying conditions in the hope that, eventually, they’ll regain normal lives in functional towns.
March 11, 2012 Wakana Kumagai, 7, and her mother, Yoshiko, cry as they visit the spot where their house, which was washed away by the March 11, 2011, tsunami, used to stand in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture to mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis. Wakana 's father, Kazuyuki, called his wife just after the earthquake to tell her to take the children to Omagari elementary school which was serving as a shelter. He was found near the shelter four days after the tsunami, Yoshiko said. Toru Hanai/Reuters Buy Photo