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Miyagi teen savors first win at Iwate racetrack

Jul 15, 2014

Miyagi teen savors first win at Iwate racetrack

A teenage jockey from Tohoku recently made her professional debut, achieving a long-held dream after having nearly abandoned her career following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. “I hope people (in my hometown) will step forward a little watching me,” said Mayu Suzuki, 18, from ...

Pets providing warm cheer in 3/11 temporary housing

Feb 6, 2014

Pets providing warm cheer in 3/11 temporary housing

Life can be bleak for the people still living in temporary accommodations nearly three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, but pets have been a great help for some. Prefectural governments were initially wary that allowing pets in temporary compounds could stoke complaints, ...