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Sliders: Japan's Tohoku region, five years after the 2011 tsunami

How have areas in Japan hit by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011, recovered from the tragedy? Slide between the photos taken of the devastation after the tsunami and of the areas now after five years of rebuilding.

Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture

The city of Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture, on March 13, 2011, and a view of the same area on Feb 26, 2016. PHOTOS: EPA

Survivors of the tsunami look out over the devastated area of Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011, and a view of the same area on Feb 27, 2016. PHOTOS: EPA

Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture

Ms Yumiko Ogata, 46, covering her face as she searches for her 68-year-old mother Seiko Sato in the tsunami and fire-devastated Shikaori district of Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, on April 15, 2011, and a view of the same area on Feb 27, 2016. PHOTOS: EPA

Fishing vessels washed ashore lie amid debris in the Shishiori district of the fishery port city of Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, on April 28, 2011, and a view of the same area on Feb 27, 2016. PHOTOS: EPA

An elderly couple climbing over debris to head to their house in a tsunami-devastated area of Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, on March 14, 2011, and a view of the same area on Feb 27, 2016. PHOTOS: EPA