A screen grab taken from news footage by Japanese public broadcaster NHK shows an aerial view of damaged train carriages in Shinchi, Fukushima prefecture, on March 12. NHK/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People place sheets on the ground Sunday, awaiting their companions under the cherry trees at Tokyo's Ueno Park. The announcement of Tokyo's cherry-blossom viewing season, normally highly anticipated, has been overshadowed this year by Japan's ongoing crisis. Itsuo Inouye/AP hide caption

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Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory Pollina pulls a pallet of relief supplies to a waiting helicopter aboard the USS Essex, which is conducting operations in support of Operation Tomodachi. The Marines and Navy are flying the much needed aid to the tsunami-devastated northeast coast of Japan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Hisaho Koseki, 82, barely escaped the tsunami when a neighbor drove her to safety. Now she's at a local evacuation center in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture. Her son has offered to take her in, but she doesn't want to burden him. "I have chronic ailments, and I don't know how much longer I'll live. I don't want to die, but in this situation, perhaps it would be better if I did," she says. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Members of Japan Self-Defense Force pray for the body of a tsunami victim wrapped in a tarp in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. Shuji Kajiyama/AP hide caption

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Survivors overlook the earthquake and tsunami-hit area in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, on Thursday. Shuji Kajiyama/AP hide caption

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An employee counts bundles of Thai bahts at Krung Thai Bank in Bangkok in October. A tidal wave of money is pouring into Asia and driving up regional currencies. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A promotional poster for the banned Thai film Insects in the Backyard shows director and actor Tanwarin Sukkhapisit in the role of Tanya, a transgender single parent of two. Courtesy of Tanwarin Sukkhapisit hide caption

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Elephants and their owners perform stunts for tourists in Ta Klang village, in Thailand's northeast Surin province. Following a ban on logging more than two decades ago, tourism remains the last viable source of income for many elephants and their owners. Wang Zemin for NPR hide caption

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Visitors to Bangkok’s Wat Phai Ngern Buddhist temple touch stone statues of infants during a Nov. 27 ceremony for 2,002 fetuses found in the temple's mortuary. The fetuses were found Nov. 16 and believed to be from illegal abortion clinics. Wang Zemin for NPR hide caption

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Red Shirt anti-government protesters shout slogans and sing songs during a demonstration at the Democracy monument in Bangkok, on Dec. 10. The Thai government recently announced it would lift the state of emergency in place since riots in April and May, the country's worst political violence in years. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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