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Candelight vigil and protest ahead of Fukushima three-year anniversary

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A somber mood at a candelight vigil in Iwaki City near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant on Sunday.

Nearly 1,000 candles were lit to commemorate those who died nearly three years ago in a tsunami and earthquake that sparked a nuclear crisis.

Three reactors at the Fukushima plant suffered meltdowns and radiation spewed widely through eastern Japan.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) IWAKI CITY RESIDENT, NORIO HIRUTA, SAYING:

"My best friend died in the tsunami and I have been dragging that feeling along. I am reminded when that day comes round again every year."

March 11 will mark the three-year anniversary of a tsunami following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that set off meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

The tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people.

Meanwhile, in Tokyo, thousands called for an end to nuclear power.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) DEMONSTRATOR, FUMIKO ICHIKAWA, SAYING:

"I am here today because I want to rid the planet