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For 8-year-old Risa Yoshida from the city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, writing chatty letters to her parents and friends had always been a joy. But writing to her father, Hirofumi, became much more important after March 11 last year, when a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit their hometown.

She would write words of encouragement to her 48-year-old father in an effort to boost his spirits after he lost his job as a judicial scrivener when their home and his office were washed away by the tsunami that smashed into parts of the Tohoku region.

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