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Toys lie on the ground as part of the debris on the island of Oshima in Miyagi prefecture on March 21, 2011, 10 days after the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. The March 11 natural disaster - Japan's deadliest since 1923 - has left 8,649 people dead and 13,262 missing, after entire communities were swept away by the horrific tsunami or levelled by the record quake. By Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images.

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