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Japan's evacuation centers

<p>Evacuees, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, rest at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Evacuees, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, rest at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area....more

Evacuees, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, rest at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rest in a space cordoned off with cardboard in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.    REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak </p>

People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rest in a space cordoned off with cardboard in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days...more

People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rest in a space cordoned off with cardboard in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Fumiko Suzuki (L) and her friend Aiko Takahashi, who were evacuated from Minami Soma in Fukushima, sit next to a stove at an evacuation center in Yonezawa, northern Japan, 98 km (61 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear plant, March 21, 2011.   REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Fumiko Suzuki (L) and her friend Aiko Takahashi, who were evacuated from Minami Soma in Fukushima, sit next to a stove at an evacuation center in Yonezawa, northern Japan, 98 km (61 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear plant, March 21, 2011. ...more

Fumiko Suzuki (L) and her friend Aiko Takahashi, who were evacuated from Minami Soma in Fukushima, sit next to a stove at an evacuation center in Yonezawa, northern Japan, 98 km (61 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear plant, March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Survivors look at a board showing names of other survivors at a shelter in a village ruined by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 13, 2011.   REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won</p>

Survivors look at a board showing names of other survivors at a shelter in a village ruined by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Survivors look at a board showing names of other survivors at a shelter in a village ruined by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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<p>People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, take a rest in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak </p>

People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, take a rest in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami...more

People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, take a rest in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Survivors cry at a shelter in a village ruined by an earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 13, 2011.   REUTERS/Lee Jae-won</p>

Survivors cry at a shelter in a village ruined by an earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-won

Survivors cry at a shelter in a village ruined by an earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-won

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<p>People evacuated from disaster area pass the time in a school turned into a shelter in Ofunato more than a week after the area was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami March 20, 2011.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

People evacuated from disaster area pass the time in a school turned into a shelter in Ofunato more than a week after the area was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

People evacuated from disaster area pass the time in a school turned into a shelter in Ofunato more than a week after the area was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>People evacuated from the disaster zone pass the time in a sports hall turned into a shelter in Rikuzentakata after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 21, 2011.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

People evacuated from the disaster zone pass the time in a sports hall turned into a shelter in Rikuzentakata after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

People evacuated from the disaster zone pass the time in a sports hall turned into a shelter in Rikuzentakata after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>An evacuee (L) receives medical care from a pharmacist at an evacuation center set up in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.   REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>

An evacuee (L) receives medical care from a pharmacist at an evacuation center set up in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

An evacuee (L) receives medical care from a pharmacist at an evacuation center set up in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Elderly survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sit on a sofa at a relief shelter in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Japan on March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song </p>

Elderly survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sit on a sofa at a relief shelter in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Japan on March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

Elderly survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sit on a sofa at a relief shelter in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Japan on March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>A student volunteer holds a sign in front of instant noodles for evacuees from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.  The sign reads, "Instant noodles! One per head!"  REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

A student volunteer holds a sign in front of instant noodles for evacuees from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after...more

A student volunteer holds a sign in front of instant noodles for evacuees from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. The sign reads, "Instant noodles! One per head!" REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>A woman shares her food with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

A woman shares her food with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A woman shares her food with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>A cat sits under a blanket at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

A cat sits under a blanket at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A cat sits under a blanket at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>An evacuee looks at food distributed to his family at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan, March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.   REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

An evacuee looks at food distributed to his family at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan, March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

An evacuee looks at food distributed to his family at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan, March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A mother touches her son's stomach at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 18, 2011, where many are from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A mother touches her son's stomach at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 18, 2011, where many are from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A mother touches her son's stomach at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 18, 2011, where many are from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Two elderly couples greet each other at a shelter as they reunite after the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011.   REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won </p>

Two elderly couples greet each other at a shelter as they reunite after the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Two elderly couples greet each other at a shelter as they reunite after the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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<p>An evacuee, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, sits next to laundry hanged out to dry at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 18, 2011.    REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

An evacuee, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, sits next to laundry hanged out to dry at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

An evacuee, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, sits next to laundry hanged out to dry at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A man who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, eats food as he rests in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.   REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

A man who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, eats food as he rests in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and...more

A man who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, eats food as he rests in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rest in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rest in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit...more

People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rest in a hallway at the evacuees' new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Owada Yuna carries her three-year-old sister Yumeka as she searches for names of her 20 missing high school friends at a shelter for those evacuated from the disaster zone in Rikuzentakat after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, March 21, 2011.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Owada Yuna carries her three-year-old sister Yumeka as she searches for names of her 20 missing high school friends at a shelter for those evacuated from the disaster zone in Rikuzentakat after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake...more

Owada Yuna carries her three-year-old sister Yumeka as she searches for names of her 20 missing high school friends at a shelter for those evacuated from the disaster zone in Rikuzentakat after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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