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Japan tsunami: Lone tree symbol of hope for nation

10 March 2012 Last updated at 20:37 GMT

A year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan, Roland Buerk has been visiting some of the worst affected areas to see how much progress has been made in rebuilding shattered towns and lives.

In Rikuzentakata a whole forest was swept away except for a lone tree - a nationwide symbol of hope.

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