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.