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Teruo Saito has lived most of his 79 years within a couple of hundred meters of the Pacific, in an area that has been overwhelmed by massive tsunamis twice in the last 600 years.

Until last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake, the retired company worker had almost never considered himself to be at risk. But now he has little choice other than to think about tsunamis when he regards his house 150 meters from the beach in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, some 40 km southwest of Tokyo.

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