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The population and tax revenue in Tohoku’s worst-hit coastal areas last March have plummeted since the natural disasters, a Kyodo News tally showed Tuesday, raising concerns that the shattered finances of these municipalities may hinder reconstruction efforts.

As of Feb. 1, the official overall population in 37 coastal municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures had dropped 2.22 percent, or 55,662 people, since March 1 last year to 2.45 million, according to the tally, which includes the roughly 18,000 lives believed lost in the disasters.

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