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Japanese police officers carry a body during a search and recovery operation for missing victims in the area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday.

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Unfortunately, we're going to see depressing scenes like this for the foreseeable future.

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up till now, i thought the japanese press showed the utmost in restraint and respect for those that have passed away, noever showing any bodies or dead being carried away. way to go JT. thanks but did we really need to see a body bag?

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A lot of my foreign friends have been itching for weeks to go to Tohoku and work as volunteers to help clear away rubble, but this photo is a good example of why they cannot be permitted to do so. It's not just question of picking up debris. Unfortunately, there are still going to be bodies trapped beneath debris and buried in mud. Most people don't have the stomach to see a dead body.

I feel great empathy with the police and SDF personnel who are doing this kind of work and I hope that emotionally, they are coping with it. Some of them may need counseling.

And sharpie, I can see how this photo might upset, but to me, it reinforces the tragedy. Up until now, the dead have just been a number, a statistic. Seeing this photo makes me realize that victim was a human being like myself and it makes the tragedy more real for me.

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A lot of my foreign friends have been itching for weeks to go to Tohoku and work as volunteers to help clear away rubble, but this photo is a good example of why they cannot be permitted to do so

Tell them to get in touch with fuelrelieffund. wordpress. com/ as they are desperate for volunteers to help in the Ishinomaki area.

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Yes, body bags are acceptable. You probably don't want to see what's inside them, right?

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