Eight years ago, Japan faced one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the world, the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. More than 18,000 innocent people either lost their lives or went missing, and Japan suffered extensive infrastructure damage, including the meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

The road to recovery has been long and is still ongoing, but Japan is resilient, and its strength will be made apparent on the world stage when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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