Japan's recovery from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami has been slowed by gripping radiation fears as workers struggle to contain the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, 220 kilometres northeast of Tokyo.

Many people in the northern region of the country have been displaced and are waiting in crowded evacuation centres. Fuel and water shortages are widespread.

Meanwhile, workers are clearing the rubble and beginning construction on temporary housing.

Here is a map of the recovery efforts in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, three of Japan's hardest hit prefectures.