Shinobu Yamato, 49, still can't wash a pair of socks that her son, Hikaru, had left lying around before he was killed in the earthquakes that rocked Kumamoto Prefecture and its vicinity last April.

"I feel like I can still feel my son," she said.

She and her husband, Takuya, 58, have still left their son's room as it was. And after a year since the earthquakes, the couple still haven't been able to bury the remains of their son.