Amid growing dissatisfaction with the slow pace of recovery, Japan marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and has displaced more than 300,000.
Here in Namie, the town’s 21,000 residents had to abandon their homes after the town was evacuated. Even if most of former Namie residents still hope to go back to their homes in the future, they are only allowed to return home for a few hours to minimise radiation exposure.
Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko smile as they show their marriage rings at their wedding reception in Tokyo. Two lesbians have become the first gay couple to tie the knot at Tokyo Disney Resort, both wore white dresses despite an initial ruling that one had to wear men’s clothes. The event was the first gay wedding in the popular amusement park even though gay marriage has no legal standing in Japan. Photograph: Tatsunari Ueno/AFP/Getty Images