Careful search for mementos slows Japan rebuilding

FILE - In this April 20, 2011 file photo, a Japanese man watch a construction machine dismantling the house of Sakuji Funayama, left, in the area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the port town of Kesennuma, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, April 20, 2011. The work to clear the destruction has been further slowed by clearance crews who feel duty bound to help survivors hunt for lost possessions, precious mementoes of their former lives and any junk they can salvage from their homes. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

April 23, 2011 7:58:57 PM PDT
Sakuji Funayama watched intently as a giant steel claw tore chunks off the remains of his two-story home, ripped open like a dollhouse by last month's tsunami and washed up onto a pile of debris. Suddenly, he spied something, waved his arms and pointed.