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Japan's disaster survivors rebuild

Published 2:11 AM ET, Mon February 13, 2012
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78-year-old grandmother Teru Yamada (second from right) is one of thousands of people forced to live in temporary housing since last year's disaster. Francis Markus/IFRC
A significant number of people are selling up and moving away from towns like Yamada because they can't find jobs. But some want to return to help the towns recover. Francis Markus/IFRC
In Otsuchi, one of the worst-hit towns, much of the debris has now been cleared, with only the foundations left of many of the houses which were destroyed by the tsunami. The government has still not decided what should be done with this area. Asuka Suzuki/JRCS
In the fishing port of Yamada, in Iwate Prefecture the Japanese Red Cross has donated six buses to local schools in order to help transport children from temporary housing settlements. Francis Markus/IFRC
Tatsuya Izutsu and his colleagues carrying the oysters that their fishing cooperative in Tohoku region has harvested. But they are only producing 30% of what they were before the disaster. Francis Markus/IFRC
Many survivors await news of permanent housing. Mitsuyuki Wakamatsu, 65, says the cramped kitchen in his temporary shelter is a toy kitchen. "you can't really do anything in here," he said. Francis Markus/IFRC