Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
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Japan marks earthquake and tsunami anniversary

11 March 2013 Last updated at 07:14 GMT

Services have been held in Japan to mark the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck two years ago.

Ceremonies took place in the three worst-hit prefectures and a minute's silence was observed at 14:46 (05:46 GMT), when the quake hit.

More than 18,000 people were left dead or missing in the disaster, which also caused the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says little re-building has been done in the worst-hit areas.