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Nearly 5,000 runners from Japan and around the world took part in a marathon Sunday in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, to focus attention on the area’s nearly complete recovery from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.

The Koshien Nishinomiya International Marathon started off with a speech from Nishinomiya Mayor Satoru Yamada, who said he wanted runners to see how the rebuilt city looks nearly seven years after the devastating quake ravaged the region.

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