On 11 March 2011, Japan experienced one of the worst natural disasters in its history. The Great East Japan Earthquake claimed nearly 16,000 lives and destroyed some 128,000 homes and buildings. More than 3,200 people are still missing. Prior to the one-year anniversary commemorations, the Head of the OCHA Kobe office, Masaki Watabe, visited the fishing town of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture to see first-hand how coordination saves lives.
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