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Yuichi Yonezawa believes he owes his life to the three-story building that used to house his company in the tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.

On March 11, 2011, Yonezawa ran up to the roof of the building and climbed the chimney, narrowly escaping the onslaught of seawater that surged about 14 meters above ground level, just below his feet.

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