File photo of people looking for their houses among the ruins of the destroyed residential part of Kamaishi

 
File photo of people looking for their houses among the ruins of the destroyed residential part of Kamaishi
People make their way as they look for their houses among the ruins of the destroyed residential part of Kamaishi, more than a week after the town was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in this March 20, 2011 file photograph. Weeks before Japan's first national election on December 16, 2012, since the March 2011 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 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/Lee Jae-Won/Files