No time for tears: Japanese begin grim task of burying hundreds of earthquake victims in mass graves

As a country they pride themselves on dignity and honour, on saving face and showing respect.....But there will be few of those attributes on display tomorrow morning when Japan lines mass graves with hundreds of its dead - victims of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

The first of the haunting pictures emerged today, with still-grieving volunteers digging a macabre pit in Higashimatsushima to bury their their dead....The long trench containing crude pieces of ply-wood in place to separate the coffins looked more like the foundations of a building site than a final resting place.