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A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , Fisherman Yutaka Watanabe sits on the roof of a destroyed house while looking for missing family members in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows three Chiwawas siting on the sofa at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 25, 2011 shows a poodle sitting next to its owner covered in blankets from the cold after surviving from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, at the evacuation centre in Sendai in Miyagi prefecture two weeks after a giant 9.0-magnitude quake struck and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast of Japan. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Yukiko Kometa, 74 years old, stands in front of her tsunami devastated house at Noda village, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. Kometa, like countless others, was left with nothing but the clothes she was wearing after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , Fisherman Yutaka Watanabe sits on the roof of a destroyed house while looking for missing family members in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows three Chiwawas siting on the sofa at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 25, 2011 shows a poodle sitting next to its owner covered in blankets from the cold after surviving from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, at the evacuation centre in Sendai in Miyagi prefecture two weeks after a giant 9.0-magnitude quake struck and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast of Japan. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Yukiko Kometa, 74 years old, stands in front of her tsunami devastated house at Noda village, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. Kometa, like countless others, was left with nothing but the clothes she was wearing after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A pedestian walks on the road past tsunami damage at Shimanokoshi port in Tanohata village, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , Fisherman Yutaka Watanabe sits on the roof of a destroyed house while looking for missing family members in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , Fisherman Yutaka Watanabe sits on the roof of a destroyed house while looking for missing family members in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows three Chiwawas siting on the sofa at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN
A motorist drives past a boat that was forced under a flyover by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Snow falls on a boat that was beached by the recent tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture on March 27, 2011. Two weeks after a giant earthquake hit and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast, the death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10,000 and there was scant hope for 17,500 others still missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , CORRECTION-NAME OF SHIP TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-whaling,FOCUS by Shingo Ito This picture taken on March 24, 2011 shows the whaling ship 'Taisho Maru No 28' grounded near the port of Ayukawa in Miyagi prefecture. The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image, destroyed houses, cars and other debris on Oshima Island, Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , In this March 27, 2011 US Marines Corps handout image Ferries rest nearly 500 meters inland on Oshima Island,Japan. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered food, water, health and comfort supplies, and Japanese electrical utility vehicles to the isolated island, in conjunction with Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The 31st MEU's involvement is part of a larger US government response, after a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11 causing widespread damage.AFP PHOTO/HO/US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch = GETTY OUT = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / USMC/ Lance Cpl. Garry J. Welch " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows a cat sitting under a bookshelf at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the debris-filled waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A Chinook helicopter, part of the rescue operations, takes off from the airport in Natori near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , Members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force search for bodies in the waters around Sendai in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011 over two weeks after a massive 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan, killing thousands. The nuclear crisis in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, caused by the disaster, remains a distraction from the dire plight of hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunami that has left nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or listed missing. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , A man pushes his bicycle in the rubble covered field caused by the massive tsunami while skyscrapers of Sendai city are seen behind in Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Highschool boys search for their belongings among the debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , A family member retrieves photographs of her missing grand father and mother's old photos amongst debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , Fisherman Yutaka Watanabe sits on the roof of a destroyed house while looking for missing family members in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 28, 2011. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 24, 2011 shows three Chiwawas siting on the sofa at the Green Animal Hospital, set up as a temporary animal shelter centre at the fishing port in the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture nearly two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN , TO GO WITH Japan-disaster-tsunami-animals,FOCUS by Giles Hewitt This photo taken on March 25, 2011 shows a poodle sitting next to its owner covered in blankets from the cold after surviving from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, at the evacuation centre in Sendai in Miyagi prefecture two weeks after a giant 9.0-magnitude quake struck and sent a massive tsunami crashing into the Pacific coast of Japan. Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

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