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Your messages of support to those affected by the disaster in Japan

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Rikuzentakada, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, after the tsunami. Photo/AP
Rikuzentakada, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, after the tsunami. Photo/AP

With moments of silence and prayers, Japan remembered the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation one year ago, killing more than 19,000 people and unleashing the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter-century.

At dawn in the devastated northeastern coastal town of Rikuzentakata, dozens of people from across Japan gathered to offer prayers in front of a solitary pine tree that stands amid the barrenness, a symbol of survival.

Some returned to where their houses and those of friends once stood and placed flowers and small gifts for loved ones lost in the disaster.

Here is the latest selection of your messages of support to those affected by the disaster in Japan

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