Some 25,000 Japanese soldiers will join a large scale campaign to search along Japan ’s Pacific coast for the missing of the March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami, said Japan Self-Defence Forces on April 25.

US forces will also join the campaign, the third of its kind in Japan , to look for 12,000 people still unaccounted for almost one month and a half after the double disaster.

They will carry out the search in areas around large estuaries and tsunami-hit places, including areas within a 30-kilometre radius from the Fukushima nuclear power plant No 1.

Earlier, the past two campaign found 438 bodies, unveiled the Japanese Ministry of Defence.

The earthquake and tsunami last month in Japan killed 14,000 people and left 12,000 people missing./