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The number of children eligible for school expense subsidies in the three northeastern prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami rose to 67,000 in fiscal 2013, up some 17,000 from three years ago, a survey by Kyodo News showed Wednesday.

The latest available data in the year ended March 2014 appears to reflect the slow recovery in the three prefectures — Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima — as households continue to struggle.

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