• Kyodo


Yusaku Yoshida, a 16-year-old high school student in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, has put up a wooden monument on a hill in the town on March 11 so the memory will forever remain of the tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region exactly two years ago.

About 30 townspeople who gathered for the ceremony nodded when they read the monument’s inscription: “When a big earthquake occurs, go to an elevated place without returning.”

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