A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier, left, removes mud from a high school gymnasium during a joint operation with the U.S. military, in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 30,... more 
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier, left, removes mud from a high school gymnasium during a joint operation with the U.S. military, in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Since the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, Japan Self-Defense Forces have mobilized for their biggest mission since 1945, sending 100,000 troops, roughly half of their total force, or virtually everyone who isn't needed on an essential mission elsewhere, out to the worst-hit areas to lead a mind-bogglingly immense recovery effort. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Wally Santana
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 10:53 AM EDT