Victims Mourned One Month after Hokkaido Quake

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Atsuma, Hokkaido, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--Prayers were offered in Atsuma, Hokkaido, on Saturday for the victims of a powerful earthquake that jolted the town and other parts of the northernmost Japan prefecture.

Residents of the town, where 36 people died mainly due to massive landslides caused by the temblor, observed a moment of silence as a siren wailed at noon.

Before that, Atsuma Mayor Shoichiro Miyasaka said to the residents via the community wireless system, "Although we're facing a bumpy road toward restoration and reconstruction, let's all make a comeback."

He later told a press conference that the town will complete restoration work by the end of fiscal 2019 and will establish a memorial site for the victims possibly in fiscal 2020.

Yusuke Kumashiro, 39, a resident of Atsuma, visited a floral tribute stand set up in front of the town office with his family and prayed for the victims.

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