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Some 900 people attended a memorial ceremony held in the city of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, Monday to pray for the 11 people who were crushed to death on an overcrowded pedestrian bridge after a fireworks event in July.

The ceremony, which was held at a civic center, was organized by the municipal government. Among those taking part were the families of the victims — most of whom were children — officials of Akashi Police Station and representatives of the private security companies that were assigned to help crowd control at the venue.

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