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The numbers are stunning: more than 16,000 dead; 3,300 missing; a reconstruction bill in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The coast guard still patrols Tohoku's waterways in search of bodies — now identifiable only by DNA. For survivors like Yukuhisa Ojima, progress takes place against a backdrop of unimaginable tragedy. He, like so many others, still mourns the loss of close relatives swept to their deaths on the afternoon of March 11.
Kumiko Abe no longer believes officials when they talk about the risks of radiation.