Nearly 8,000 people still find themselves caught up in evacuee life as Japan marked the first anniversary Monday of Typhoon Hagibis that killed at least 113 and left three missing in the country's east.

At a memorial service held in the town of Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture, 37-year-old Keita Otsuki, of whose family three members died and another went missing, said, "It has been a year of despair as I couldn't save my family."

"It is our responsibility to hand down the story of that disaster to the next generations and live on," Otsuki said.