In March 2011, the earthquake accompanied by a tsunami which hit Japan registered an 8.9 on the Richter scale. I found that 1,800 homes in a prefecture of Fukushima were destroyed, 1,200 homes in Sendai, and 300 in Ofunato collapsed. These 3,300 collapses were a result of both the earthquake and tsunami.
Other estimates I found simply say “thousands.”
EDIT: “111,944 destroyed buildings, 139,870 partially destroyed buildings, 517,050 partially damaged buildings.”
Hundreds of thousands, most likely.
Although the grand total of homes destroyed is still not yet calculated, we do know the numbers in specific towns and cities. The Ministery of Defense estimated 1800 homes were destroyed in Minamisoma; 1200 homes in Sendai; and 300 homes in Ofunato. Over 80 fires also helped destroy homes in Tokyo, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, and Fukushima.
In August, UPI reports 120,000 buildings destroyed, most of which would be homes. The citations in the other answers are from the day of the quake, and are vastly out of date.
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