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Japan’s tsunami-hit towns are mostly cleaned up but barren, with much work remaining

SENDAI, Japan — From 1,000 feet 300 meters up, the view of the tsunami-battered Japanese seaside communities shows striking progress: much of the rubble, crumpled cars and other debris is gone.

Yet seen from a helicopter Friday carrying Associated Press journalists, there are few signs of rebuilding eight months after the March 11 disaster, triggered by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake off the tsunami-prone coast.

What remains — the stark, gray emptiness where bustling towns once stood — is a sobering reminder of how much work still lies ahead.

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