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Family photos a poignant reminder of Japan's loss

Fellow photo editor Robert Hood was struck by the number of images he started seeing in our photo database of family photos and albums lying among the wreckage in Japan. But none is more poignant than the photo Takashi Noguchi captured hanging from a man's back, as he made himself a walking missing persons notice as he hunts for his missing wife.

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Kenji Sugawara, with a photo of his missing wife, searches for her through the remains of the devastated city of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture on March 17, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami the hit Japan's northeast coast. The official number of dead and missing after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that flattened Japan's northeast coast has hit 14,650, police said, a rise of nearly 1,000 in just a few hours.

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Personal photos from a photo album sit in the rubble of a house March 17, in Minamisanriku, Japan.

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Kensennuma, Japan

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Kensennuma, Japan

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Kamaishi, Japan

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Minamisanriku, Japan.