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In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, standing by a signboard reading: "Rikuzentakata City Hall," a worker holds flags to control traffic under cold weather in a street near a new road construction site in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan next week, will observe two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

Japan's barren tsunami coast still reeling

In dozens of towns along the country's northeastern Pacific coast, from

tiny Ryoishi in the north to Fukushima farther south, where some areas

remain off-limits due to radiation fears, the tsunami zone remains a wasteland. Scattered along the coast are huge piles of rubble and stacks of smashed scooters and cars.