Victims Remembered 3 Years after Kumamoto Quakes

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Kumamoto, April 14 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held in the city of Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, on Sunday to remember people who died in a series of powerful earthquakes three years ago.

A total of 345 people, including 75 bereaved family members, participated in the memorial ceremony at the Kumamoto prefectural office.

After participants observed a minute of silence, Kumamoto Governor Ikuo Kabashima, while expressing his sorrow over the deaths, pledged greater efforts for reconstruction.

"At a time when a new era is about to begin, people across the prefecture will join forces to build a new Kumamoto," Kabashima said in a speech, referring to Japan's next era, Reiwa, which is scheduled to begin on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito accedes to the Imperial throne.

In another speech, Keisuke Masuda, an 81-year-old resident of the Kumamoto village of Minamiaso whose wife, Fumiyo, died in the quakes at the age of 79, expressed hopes for reconstruction.

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