KOBE (Kyodo) Kobe and nearby cities devastated in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake commemorated on Sunday the 15th anniversary of the disaster that claimed 6,434 lives.

People gathered before dawn in a park in the center of Kobe to light thousands of bamboo lanterns in the shape of “1995” and “1.17” and offered silent prayers at 5:46 a.m., the time the magnitude 7.3 quake struck.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.