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One year on, a look at Japan’s progress

A combination photograph shows the same location in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan on three different dates, March 15, 2011 (top), August 13, 2011 (centre) and February 18, 2012 (bottom). The top photograph shows a shop destroyed by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, the middle photograph shows the area around the shop after it was cleared of debris, and the bottom photograph shows the shop trading again in the same location almost a year later. The shop had reopened December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song (top), Kim Kyung-Hoon (centre) and Toru Hanai

Japan tsunami 'miracle pine' cut down, preserved

It’s a tree that withstood the devastating 2011 tsunami which destructed Japan. Not surprising then that the Japanese want to preserve this “miracle pine”. They are spending over a million dollars to cut the tree, only to be treated and put back together.