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Japanese hold moment of silence on disaster anniversary

Thousands gather in Tokyo's Hibiya Park for a moment of silence to commemorate victims of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster two years ago. Nearly 19,000 people were killed in what was the worst disaster since World War Two that struck Japan's northeast. Several thousand people are still unaccounted. More than 300,000 were stranded immediately after the disaster. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) 31-YEAR-OLD MAKI NAKAMURA, SAYING: "Of course, it can never be the same as experiencing the disaster for yourself, but I came because I wanted to share in the grief of the victims of the disaster as a fellow Japanese." The nuclear meltdown at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Daiichi plant forced a further 315,000 people from their homes. In the north local communities held vigils to mark the day a series of waves, up to 30 metres in height, swept over the coast line following the massive quake. The destruction and loss of life has left resident

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