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KOBE (Kyodo) Thousands of survivors and relatives of the 6,434 people who died in the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 paid tribute to the victims Saturday at memorial events held to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the biggest natural disaster in postwar Japan.

In the city and surrounding areas in Hyogo Prefecture, people vowed to create “a society that is resistant to disasters” while acknowledging that pressing problems remain, such as how to the continuing solitary deaths of elderly people still living in public housing set up in the wake of the disaster.

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