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Dead and missing tops 27,000; Japan begins to bury it's deceased

Family throw dirt over the coffins of loved ones during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Family throw dirt over the coffins of loved ones during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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  • Police officers carry a body during a search and rescue operation in the earthquake and tsunami-devastated city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
  • Japan Ground Self Defense Force prepare to lay a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Firefighters and others search for missing persons in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami-destroyed city of Sendai, northern Japan Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Takehiko Suzuki) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
  • Japan Ground Self Defense Force prepare to lay a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Family throw dirt over the coffins of loved ones during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Japan Ground Self Defense Force salute after laying a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Firefighters and others search for missing persons in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami-destroyed city of Sendai, northern Japan Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Takehiko Suzuki) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force salute after laying a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Japan Ground Self Defense Force personnel lay a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel salute after laying a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel prepare to lay a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Family take a last look at a loved one during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Japan Ground Self Defense Force prepare to lay a coffin during a burial ceremony for the March 11 tsunami victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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