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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.

After the tsunami mother
A mother and son visit Rikuzentakata, in Iwate prefecture on April 2, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Kumiko Abe no longer believes officials when they talk about the risks of radiation.