Disaster-Hit Coastal Areas Remember Victims in Pouring Rain

Society Lifestyle

Sendai, Miyagi Pref., March 11 (Jiji Press)--People in coastal areas in northeastern Japan hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami mourned the loss of victims and prayed for the repose of their souls, in pouring rain on the disaster's eighth anniversary on Monday.

On a hill overlooking the coast in the Oya district in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, which was engulfed in tsunami measuring over 20 meters, Masaru Ishida, 49, remembered his father and uncle, who passed away in the disaster.

Ishida will open up his own vehicle bodywork and paint factory on the hill in April, a successor to a similar plant that was washed away with his uncle by the tsunami.

"While I'm filled with worries as I've just built my house and the factory, I'd like to tell my father and uncle that I will try my best," he said.

At a site that once housed Okawa Elementary School in the city of Ishinomaki, also in Miyagi, a 64-year-old woman, who lost her nephew in third grade at the school, and her 68-year-old husband offered their prayers. The school lost 74 students and 10 teachers in the tsunami.

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