Japan to mark 10 years since the triple disasters

People in Japan in March will mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the country's northeastern and other regions.

The government says that efforts to rebuild from the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami has pretty much been completed.

It says land development, construction of public housing for victims, restoration of coastal roads and other damaged infrastructure are nearing completion.

The government plans to designate the five years from this April as the second phase of reconstruction and revitalization.

It says in this phase, it will focus on the mental health of survivors and creating communities for them to live in.

For areas close to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the government is still trying to address various challenges.

They include providing a good living environment for residents in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, and dealing with issues involving no-go zones where residents are still basically banned from entering.

The government also has to deal with the ever-increasing amounts of waste water containing tritium and other radioactive materials from the nuclear plant.

Officials say they intend to promptly decide how to dispose of the water and also deal with concerns about ocean resources while coordinating with stakeholders on the matter.