• Kyodo


A nonprofit organization known for planting trees to protect the marine environment in Miyagi Prefecture will build a laboratory to study the impact of the March 11, 2011, earthquake-tsunami disaster on local habitats starting next year, according to members.

Based in Kesennuma, one of the hardest-hit Pacific coastal areas, Mori wa Umi no Koibito, which literally means “forest is the lover of the ocean,” has so far sent seawater and other samples to universities for analysis but is now poised to set up a facility where researchers who bring equipment with them can do simple analysis on site.

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