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Takamitsu Yoshino, 57, a former curator at the town’s historical museum, collects loads of items like makeshift tables and changing rooms made of cardboard boxes, along with counseling notices and even a volunteer reception sign.

At first glance, they appear to be a jumble of meaningless items. But they illustrate what people in the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, went through when calamity struck at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011, mega-quake and tsunami.

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