|Debris litters a railroad track March 17, 2011, six days after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. UPI/Keizo Mori|
The National Police Agency also announced that 17,541 people remained unaccounted for, Kyodo News reported.
The report said about 250,000 people remained at about 1,900 evacuation centers in the disaster-hit northeast region.
In Miyagi Prefecture, police sought help in identifying more than 2,000 bodies by posting such information as clothing and body type, the report said.
Photos: Recovery Efforts in Japan
A once-trendy hotel in Tokyo scheduled for demolition will serve as a shelter for evacuees from the recent disasters, officials said.
The Grand Prince Akasaka Hotel, a 40-story, 700-room showcase of the 1980s, will remain open through June to house as many as 1,600 people made homeless by the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks from the earthquake-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, CNN reported.