File photo of a woman sitting next to a fire at an area destroyed by the tsunami in Kamaishi town

 
File photo of a woman sitting next to a fire at an area destroyed by the tsunami in Kamaishi town
A woman sits next to a fire at an area destroyed by the tsunami in Kamaishi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan in this March 25, 2011 file photo. Weeks before Japan's first national election on December 16, 2012, since the earthquake, none of the contenders has managed to win the hearts, and votes, of those hardest-hit by the disaster - with many feeling let down by the entire political class. Volunteers and donations had poured in after the magnitude 9.0 quake off the northeast coast of Japan's main island Honshu unleashed a deadly tsunami that killed nearly 19,000 and triggered reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant. But 20 months later, residents of towns and cities ravaged by the country's worst disaster in generations say the nation's biggest rebuilding effort since the aftermath of the World War Two has slipped off the political agenda. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files