Japan to mark fifth anniversary of devastating tsunami

  • Japan is observing the fifth anniversary of the devastating tsunami and earthquake that ravaged the country in 2011. More than 18,000 people were reported dead or missing in the disaster. 2:46pm (5:46 GMT), the country would observe a minute’s silence. According to media reports, the prime minister of the country Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito will offer flowers at a memorial ceremony in the capital Tokyo.