Atsuma Sets Up Place to Offer Flowers for Quake Victims

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Atsuma, Hokkaido, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)--The Atsuma town government set up on Saturday a tent and a table for floral tributes to mourn victims in last week's powerful earthquake in Hokkaido.

In the town, 36 people were killed chiefly in landslides caused by the 6.7-magnitude quake.

After offering a silent prayer at noon, Atsuma Mayor Shoichiro Miyasaka laid flowers at the table in the tent set up in front of the town hall.

The installation of the flower-offering facility indicates the town's "determination to take over the lives of the victims and protect their hometown," he said.

Akemi Orita, 52, who came to pay a floral tribute to the victims, said a classmate of her daughter was killed.

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