In Kesennuma, garbage covers much of the city, particularly in the harbor. Some baseball fields and parks nearby have been converted into areas where cranes can sort through the debris. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Michihiro Kono is the ninth-generation chief executive of soy sauce maker Yagisawa Co. in Rikuzentakata, Japan. His factory, storeroom, customer records and two of his employees were washed away in the tsunami. But he's determined to rebuild. Chie Kobayashi for NPR hide caption

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A security guard stands near the Toyota exhibit at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on Thursday. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Newly minted second-graders in Rikuzentakata, Japan, begin their school year more than two weeks late after a tsunami wiped out most of the town. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Japanese performers dance at a temple in the tsunami-devastated area of Rikuzentakata, Japan, on April 17. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Katsunobu Yatagawa surveys the spinach crop he had to destroy because of radiation concerns. Farmers like Yatagawa in the Ibaraki prefecture are facing a ban on the sale of some of their products, and an uncertain future. Chie Kobayashi for NPR hide caption

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Damage at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Tokyo Electric Power Co. hide caption

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Volunteers push a trolley filled with blankets destined for displaced people in the city of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture. Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant spray a substance to help reduce dust on April 1. The cleanup operation at the facility could take more than a decade. TEPCO hide caption

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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 try to browse at a supermarket with no electricity in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Businesses are especially worried about weathering Japan's sweltering summers without air conditioning. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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