TAKATSUKI, OSAKA PREF. – They came to offer flowers, juice and silent prayers in memory of a 9-year-old girl — some touched by the tragic death of a child they had never seen or met, others by the loss of a neighbor.
As the cleanup continued Tuesday across the Kansai region following Monday’s magnitude 6.1 earthquake centered in Takatsuki, residents of the town stopped to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial to Rina Miyake, who had been on her way to her elementary school when a concrete wall surrounding the school’s swimming pool collapsed and killed her.
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