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Burying Japan's dead

<p>Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force unit carry a victim of the earthquake and tsunami to be buried at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force unit carry a victim of the earthquake and tsunami to be buried at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force unit carry a victim of the earthquake and tsunami to be buried at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Bereaved family members of the victims pray next to coffins placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture, March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Bereaved family members of the victims pray next to coffins placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture, March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Bereaved family members of the victims pray next to coffins placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture, March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Tokiko Abe, who lost her husband in the tsunami, waits for his coffin to arrive at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. 
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Tokiko Abe, who lost her husband in the tsunami, waits for his coffin to arrive at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Tokiko Abe, who lost her husband in the tsunami, waits for his coffin to arrive at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Bereaved family members of victims watch as an excavator digs a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Bereaved family members of victims watch as an excavator digs a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Bereaved family members of victims watch as an excavator digs a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>The foot of a tsunami victim is pictured before being placed inside a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011.

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The foot of a tsunami victim is pictured before being placed inside a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

The foot of a tsunami victim is pictured before being placed inside a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A bereaved family member of a victim prays in front of a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A bereaved family member of a victim prays in front of a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A bereaved family member of a victim prays in front of a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A bereaved family member looks at the coffin of a victim being carried out to be buried at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A bereaved family member looks at the coffin of a victim being carried out to be buried at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A bereaved family member looks at the coffin of a victim being carried out to be buried at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Bereaved family members of victims of the earthquake and tsunami open the lids of coffins before burying them at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Bereaved family members of victims of the earthquake and tsunami open the lids of coffins before burying them at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Bereaved family members of victims of the earthquake and tsunami open the lids of coffins before burying them at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A family member of a victim cries as she looks into the coffin before burial at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A family member of a victim cries as she looks into the coffin before burial at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A family member of a victim cries as she looks into the coffin before burial at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Higashi Matsushima city office employee Yoshio Suzuki writes the name of a victim on a piece of wood at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>

Higashi Matsushima city office employee Yoshio Suzuki writes the name of a victim on a piece of wood at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Higashi Matsushima city office employee Yoshio Suzuki writes the name of a victim on a piece of wood at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami buried in a temporary mass grave in Higashi Matsushima, as a bulldozer passes by, March 22, 2011, as a bulldozer passes by. 
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A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami buried in a temporary mass grave in Higashi Matsushima, as a bulldozer passes by, March 22, 2011, as a bulldozer passes by. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami buried in a temporary mass grave in Higashi Matsushima, as a bulldozer passes by, March 22, 2011, as a bulldozer passes by. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Bereaved family members cry next to coffins at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Bereaved family members cry next to coffins at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Bereaved family members cry next to coffins at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Victims of the tsunami and earthquake are placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011.

 REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Victims of the tsunami and earthquake are placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Victims of the tsunami and earthquake are placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A bereaved family member cries as she opens the lid of the coffin before burial at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A bereaved family member cries as she opens the lid of the coffin before burial at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A bereaved family member cries as she opens the lid of the coffin before burial at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A reflection on the window of a makeshift waiting room shows members of Japan's Ground Self Defense Force carrying a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A reflection on the window of a makeshift waiting room shows members of Japan's Ground Self Defense Force carrying a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A reflection on the window of a makeshift waiting room shows members of Japan's Ground Self Defense Force carrying a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force lower the coffin of a victim into the ground at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force lower the coffin of a victim into the ground at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force lower the coffin of a victim into the ground at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Bereaved family members stand in front of coffins placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Bereaved family members stand in front of coffins placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Bereaved family members stand in front of coffins placed at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture, March 25, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Family members of victims cry after burying their coffins at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Family members of victims cry after burying their coffins at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Family members of victims cry after burying their coffins at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Members of a Japan Ground Self Defense Force unit salute after placing a coffin inside a burial site at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Members of a Japan Ground Self Defense Force unit salute after placing a coffin inside a burial site at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Members of a Japan Ground Self Defense Force unit salute after placing a coffin inside a burial site at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A Buddhist monk prays for the victims at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. 

REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A Buddhist monk prays for the victims at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A Buddhist monk prays for the victims at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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