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With sadness but no ceremony, Japan marks disaster anniversary

Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. (0546 GMT), the time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011, to mark the nine-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis, in Namie, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 11, 2020. Japan marked the somber nine-year anniversary as official commemorations and vigils were canceled because of fears over the spread of the coronavirus.

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Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. (0546 GMT), the time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011, to mark the nine-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a...more

Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. (0546 GMT), the time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011, to mark the nine-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis, in Namie, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 11, 2020. Japan marked the somber nine-year anniversary as official commemorations and vigils were canceled because of fears over the spread of the coronavirus. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Flowers placed by police officers are seen after a moment of silence in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Flowers placed by police officers are seen after a moment of silence in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Flowers placed by police officers are seen after a moment of silence in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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People, wearing protective face masks following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), attend a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

People, wearing protective face masks following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), attend a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

People, wearing protective face masks following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), attend a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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A woman wearing a protective face mask prays during a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A woman wearing a protective face mask prays during a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A woman wearing a protective face mask prays during a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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A woman carries her dog as she pays her respects to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A woman carries her dog as she pays her respects to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A woman carries her dog as she pays her respects to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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People place candles as they pay their respect to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

People place candles as they pay their respect to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

People place candles as they pay their respect to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A Buddhist monk places a candle as he pays his respect to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A Buddhist monk places a candle as he pays his respect to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A Buddhist monk places a candle as he pays his respect to victims in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A woman prays during a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A woman prays during a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A woman prays during a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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Police officers take part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing after the disaster in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing after the disaster in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing after the disaster in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Police officers take part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing after the disaster in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing after the disaster in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing after the disaster in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A police officer takes part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A police officer takes part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A police officer takes part in a search operation for the remains of people who went missing in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A woman reacts next to a board with messages mourning the victims at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A woman reacts next to a board with messages mourning the victims at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A woman reacts next to a board with messages mourning the victims at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, attend a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, attend a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, attend a memorial service preceding a moment of silence at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police officers take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. in Namie, Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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