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3/11 survivor in Kamaishi recalls U.S. naval bombardment

Apr 9, 2015

3/11 survivor in Kamaishi recalls U.S. naval bombardment

Kamaishi resident Otoko Wada couldn’t help but recall how the U.S. Navy shelled the local steel plant 70 years ago, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, rocked Iwate Prefecture and left the city in ruins all over again. “The distressing ...

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, ...