Anti-nuclear rallies were part of the mourning in Japan as it observed the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, 2012.

The devastating tsunami set off a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima and forced the nation to live in radiation fear as they questioned their faith in the atomic power.

The reactor meltdown in the Tokyo Electric Power Company's (Tepco) Fukushima plant triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

Tepco was constantly criticised for not being equipped to meet such a disaster and the way they handled the situation.

Up to 16,000 people were killed and more than 3000 people went missing when the tsunami hit the country's north-east coast, triggered by a 9.0 earthquake.

Take a look at the anti-nuclear rallies held in different cities of Japan on the day of first anniversary of the disaster:

Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture March 11, 2012, to mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis.Reuters
Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture March 11, 2012, to mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis.Reuters
Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Koriyama during the first anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.Reuters
An anti-nuclear protester holds a placard during a rally against TEPCO in TokyoReuters
A protester takes part in an anti-nuclear rally in Koriyama during the first anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunamiReuters
An anti-nuclear protester holds a placard in front of TEPCO's Tokyo headquarters during the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunamiReuters
Anti-nuclear protesters rally in front of TEPCO's Tokyo headquarters during the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunamiReuters