On March 11, 2013, Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended a national memorial service held at the National Theatre, Chiyoda-ku in Tokyo.

Their Imperial Majesties along with representatives from the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, members of the Japanese government and dozens of foreign ambassadors paid tribute to the victims of the March 11, 2011, devastating earthquake and tsunami and “…nuclear crisis that killed almost 19,000 people and stranded 315,000 evacuees, including refugees who fled radiation from the devastated Fukushima atomic plant.”