Due to an alignment of goals with the Initiative, JAL and Kyocera jointly supported the "TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013" program in March 2013, which flew seven students from the tsunami-hit city of Kesennuma, Miyagi
prefecture, to San Diego, California, home to numerous US Marine and Navy bases.
The six people honored at the event included Japan's fisherman-turned-environmentalist Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, 68, from Kesennuma, Miyagi
Prefecture, who is founder and chairman of Mori wa Umi no Koibito (Forests are Lovers of the Sea), a nonprofit environmental conservation organization.
''Both Indonesia and Japan have experienced the same suffering brought down by the disasters, but for the sake of the future generations, we all have to rise and rebuild our homes'' Takahiro Ito, an education official from Kesennuma, Miyagi
Prefecture, said in a speech at the ceremony.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in Kesennuma, Miyagi
Prefecture, that he will meet with Hachiro as soon as possible to find out what the minister really meant.
"For a second, I thought maybe another big one will come," a middle-aged man in coastal Kesennuma, Miyagi
, told national broadcaster NHK.
The main image, top, shows people walking through debris on a street in Kesennuma, Miyagi
, to get water 48 hours after the disaster.
Coast guard members aboard a helicopter involved in the day's search for those still missing after the disaster found the dog on the roof drifting along some 1.8 kilometers off Kesennuma, Miyagi
Prefecture, at around 4 p.m., according to the officials.
* Smoke billows from the No 3 unit at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture * Ships are left aground among destroyed houses in Kesennuma, Miyagi
Prefecture, and left, Reiko Miura, 68, cries as she looks for her sister's son at a tsunami-hit area in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture.
DESTRUCTION Ships are left aground among destroyed houses in Kesennuma, Miyagi
Tears: Relatives are reunited at a shelter in Kesennuma, Miyagi
Prefecture, three days after the earthquake and tsunami.
In Kesennuma, Miyagi
Prefecture, the center of the city was almost completely destroyed.