Japan Prepares To Mark One Year Anniversary Of Earthquake And Tsunami

RIKUZENTAKATA, JAPAN – MARCH 07: Pine trees, uprooted during last year’s tsunami, lay strewn over the beach on March 07, 2012 in Rikuzentakata, Japan. As the one year anniversary approaches, the areas most affected by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing according to Japan’s National Police Agency continue to struggle. Thousands of people still remain without homes living in temporary dwellings. The Japanese government faces an uphill battle with the need to dispose of rubble as it works to rebuild economies and livelihoods. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)