This is how the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern and eastern
March 11, 2011
Magnitude-9.0 earthquake hits off
More than 120,000 commuters in
Prime Minister Naoto
National Police Agency announces that more than 10,000 people are dead.
Government begins restricting electric consumption to avert power shortages. It is the country’s first mandatory power-saving drive in 37 years or since the first "oil shock."
Bill to promote renewable power generation clears parliament.
SDF end their relief mission in disaster-hit areas.
February 10, 2012
Reconstruction Agency is formed to better deal with rebuilding disaster-hit areas.
Liberal Democratic Party, led by Shinzo Abe, defeats Democratic Party of Japan in general election to return to power after three years in opposition.
Prime Minister Abe launches Cabinet.
March 14-18, 2015
Five-day U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in
March 11, 2016