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When the ground shook and buildings trembled that cold afternoon in March 2011, the first words to come into Gina Konishi’s head were “Diyos ko po,” a Tagalog prayer that means “God please help me.”

The 32-year-old Filipino resident of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, was with her 2-month-old daughter for a regular health checkup when the magnitude 9 earthquake hit off the east coast of Tohoku. Along with her 59-year-old Japanese husband, Yukio, the three immediately fled by car to higher ground.

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