On March 11, 2011, 74 children lost their lives at Okawa Elementary School. The Times’ Asia Editor Richard Lloyd Parry tells the story.
Richard Lloyd Parry is the author of “Ghosts of the Tsunami,” which focuses on the story of a small elementary school in the town of Okawa, around 200 miles north of Tokyo. 74 of the 78 pupils at the school that day lost their lives to the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake.
“Ghosts of the Tsunami” is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about the disaster: a beautifully written, harrowing account of what happened on 3/11 and the events that unfolded afterward, as it became clear to survivors that the deaths of those children were entirely avoidable.
- Ghosts of the Tsunami book (Richard Lloyd Parry, Macmillan)
- Ghosts of the Tsunami essay (Richard Lloyd Parry, London Review of Books)
- The school beneath the wave: the unimaginable tragedy of Japan’s tsunami (Richard Lloyd Parry, The Guardian)
- Tsunami-hit Miyagi school building to reopen as memorial in April (The Japan Times)
- Japan’s top court finalizes ¥1.44 billion in damages for 84 deaths at school in 3/11 tsunami (The Japan Times)
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